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Premier League preview: Nov 30/Dec 1

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A number of highly interesting games this weekend with various sub-plots involved.

Managers under pressure, players out of form - let's previews the weekend's Premier League clashes.

Saturday

Aston Villa v Sunderland

Aston Villa will have been boosted by their fightback against neighbours West Brom on Monday night, rallying to earn a point after trailing to two early goals from Shane Long.

The turn around came about after boss Paul Lambert made the bold move of a triple substitution, a move the Scot will be hoping wont be necessary this weekend.

Sunderland will have Wes Brown available after his baffling red card against Stoke was rightly rescinded.

The Black Cats will hope to build under new boss Gus Poyet after slipping back to the bottom after Crystal Palace's win last week. 

Cardiff City v Arsenal

In form Aaron Ramsey will make his first return to Cardiff, the side he left to join the Gunners as a teenager in 2008.

Cardiff will be buoyed by their late equaliser to earn a point against champions Manchester United, and after taking four points from their two home clashes with the Manchester clubs, will be hoping for another scalp.

Arsenal go into this fixture sitting top of the table, they will hope to continue the consistency shown so far, as those around them continue to slip up.

Everton v Stoke City

Everton will hope to bounce back from the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser in last weeks thrilling Merseyside derby, and will hope on-loan Romelu Lukaku can continue to fire after his two goals last time out.

Everton sit one point outside the top four and will hope to continue their good start to the season. Stoke travel to Goodison on the back of victory, although they were helped greatly by a terrible decision to dismiss Sunderland's Wes Brown.

Norwich City v Crystal Palace

Chris Houghton will hope his Norwich side can start to gain some momentum after their difficult start to the season this time around. Games against teams also struggling towards the foot of the table could prove vital come May.

New Palace boss Tony Pulis with his side's performance in their victory against Hull last week, the win lifting the Eagles off the bottom on goal difference. Pulis will be hoping their revival can continue at Carrow Road.

Newcastle United v West Brom

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has spoken of the prospect of bringing Champions League football back to St James Park this week amidst rumours of unrest amongst some of his star players.

In Loic Remy they possess one of the signings of the season so far with the on-loan QPR man in fine goal-scoring form. Pardew will be hoping his side can continue their recent fine form and mount a serious challenge for the top four, after going so close two seasons ago.

West Brom will be looking to bounce back after letting a two-goal lead slip at home to Aston Villa on Monday night, they will be hoping to continue their improvement under Steve Clarke and cement a place in the top half.

West Ham United v Fulham

A game involving two managers facing increasing pressure from their clubs supporters. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has been criticised heavily for fielding controversial team selections, his West Ham side have been playing without a recognised striker in recent weeks. Big Sam will be hoping for a quick return by Andy Carroll who began running this week after a long-term heel injury.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has hinted that his job may be riding on this weekends trip to Upton Park. With Fulham notoriously poor travellers, Jol will be looking for a big performance from his side.

Sunday

Chelsea v Southampton

A fine performance and victory at West Ham last week was followed by a shock loss to Basel in the Champions League mid-week as Chelsea continue their hit and miss start to the second reign of Jose Mourinho.

Their home record remains formidable though, and will be another tough test for high-flying Southampton after their loss at the Emirates last weekend. Artur Boruc will be hoping for a solid display after his howler gifted Arsenal's Olivier Giroud the opener last weekend.

Hull City v Liverpool

Hull will be hoping for a much improved performance after losing to struggling Crystal Palce at home last week.

Steve Bruce's side have been organised and hard-working since their return to the Premier League and will have to be at their very best to contain in-form Liverpool front men Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool will hope to continue their fine start to the season and will be looking victory for to close the gap on leaders Arsenal.

Manchester City v Swansea City

Manchester City produced one of the performances of the season last weekend as they thrashed Champions League hopefuls Tottenham 6-0 at the Etihad, their opening goal coming from Jesus Navas after just 14 seconds.

The prospect of facing City at the Etihad is a daunting one for any side and Swansea's chances will not have been boosted after a tough Europa League game against Valencia on Thursday night.

Tottenham v Manchester United

Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping to recover after the disaster of their six-goal mauling away at Manchester City last weekend. Spanish striker Roberto Soldado continues to misfire after his £26m move from Valencia. Tottenham will be looking towards a plethora of midfield options to supply the ammunition for the Spain international.

Champions Manchester United will be buoyed after a brilliant 5-0 victory away at Bayer Leverkusen, becoming the first English side to score four or more goals in a tie in Germany.

They will be hoping to continue that form on the domestic front, after the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser to Cardiff last weekend.


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