The Premier League big boys prepare to do battle today on what should be an enthralling day of action in the top tier of English football.

The first kick-off of the day sees Liverpool travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea.

The game marks the first time Ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers has been back to his former club since departing to take over at Liverpool in the the summer.

The 3pm kick-off sees another manager come up against his former employers as Alan Pardew returns to St. Mary's with his Newcastle side to face Southampton.

But while the day's first two kick-offs promise plenty of action, it is Sunday's 4pm games which should be the talk of the town come Monday morning.

Tottenham v West Ham, White Hart Lane, 16:00

Spurs will be looking to halt a poor run of form which has seen them fall away from the race for a top four finish.

Four defeats in their last five league games have heaped the pressure on boss Andre Villas-Boas, but the Portuguese coach will be confident of returning to winning ways when West Ham visit north London.

The return of Mousa Dembele against Lazio in mid-week is a timely boost for the Lillywhites, although he may be eased back into action after six weeks out and could start from the bench. They will be without Emmanuel Adebayor, who begins a three-game suspension after being sent off against Arsenal last week. Spurs will have been sure to avoid lasagne in the build up to this one.

For West Ham, Yossi Benayoun remains sidelined for West Ham but winger Matt Jarvis returns to the squad.

Odds: Tottenham - 8/11; West Ham - 9/2

Last meeting: Tottenham 0-0 West Ham (19/03/11)

Chelsea v Manchester City, Stamford Bridge, 16:00

The big game one Sunday sees two title rivals go head to head in what promises to be an explosive encounter. After a week of turmoil at Stamford Bridge which saw Roberto di Matteo lose his job following defeat against Juventus, interim boss Rafa Benitez takes charge of his first game in front of the Stamford Bridge crowd who have been slightly less than welcoming to the Spaniard.

Fernando Torres could be reinstated to Chelsea's starting line up, but both John Terry and Frank Lampard are doubts.

Manchester City also go into the game off the back of a disappointing week in Europe, but they will be hoping that captain Vincent Kompany has recovered from the knock he picked up against Real Madrid in time to face Chelsea.

Odds: Chelsea - 13/8; Manchester City - 2/1

Last meeting: Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City, (12/08/12)

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