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Can Manchester City extend winning run?- Premier League preview

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Now that we've calmed down over the drama of the opening round of games from the UEFA Champions League, our focus turns back to the Barclays Premier League, where the top four are all in action plus the dogged fight at the bottom.

After five games, we're starting to see the pattern of form for the teams involved - the perfect start from Manchester City compared to the dreadful start from Newcastle. So - who's involved this weekend?

The lunchtime fixture is one that will forever be remembered as the '6-0' fixture - it's Chelsea vs Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea are in dire straits after collecting just four points out a possible 15, but their 4-0 win in the Champions League may act as a platform to build upon.

Arsenal, on the other hand, lost to Dinamo Zagreb, with Olivier Giroud sent off in the first half. His form is certainly being questioned and whether Arsene Wenger will prefer to give Walcott the opportunity to score his 12th goal in his last 12 Arsenal starts. It's certainly going to be entertaining, with Wenger looking to add another nail in the Stamford Bridge coffin.

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There are five 15:00 kick off fixtures, starting with Aston Villa vs West Brom at Villa Park. Villa's form is starting to improve, but they will have been left devastated after giving up a 2-0 lead to Leicester at the King Power to lose 3-2, and against West Brom they will almost certainly see a defensive line up, as is the philosophy of head coach Tony Pulis.

Bournemouth vs Sunderland is sure to provide entertainment, with both the Black Cats and the Cherries looking to desperately get another three points on the board. Bournemouth have been creating plenty of chances in front of goal whilst Sunderland barely even muster up the chances to take or fluff - a draw incarnate?

Newcastle will see Watford's visit as an opportunity to lift themselves off the bottom of the table after Monday's 2-0 defeat to West Ham, and Steve McClaren is no longer in the mood for excuses. After spending near in the mark of £50 million since taking over, results are now an expectation, otherwise the exit door will be looming sooner rather than later.

Stoke and Leicester is set to be another great game. Leicester will be full of team spirit and confidence after coming back from 2-0 to win 3-2 at Villa, and an away game would be the perfect way to pounce on the counter attack with the likes of Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to scare the Potter's back four.

Swansea and Everton have enjoyed a mixed start, so will be desperate to continue on the up and up - Swansea were defeated by Swansea whereas Everton sealed a memorable 3-1 victory over struggling champions Chelsea - but Swansea are always known to be a threat at the Liberty.

The late kick-off sees top-of-the-table Manchester City welcome a visit of West Ham, hoping to record their 12th straight Premier League win, and hoping to keep their seventh straight clean sheet. Tuesday's disappointment in the Champions League will surely be a downer for the Blues, but I can only see one result at the Etihad. 

Sunday's football sees Tottenham try and get their season back on track with a visit of Crystal Palace, who are currently Manchester City's closest rivals, whereas Liverpool welcome a visit of free-flowing Norwich.

Southampton welcome Manchester United, where Morgan Schneiderlin will certainly be under the radar of the home fans, but no Luke Shaw since his double leg fracture against PSV on Tuesday. 

It's set to be an interesting weekend of fixtures, so let's hope there's goals galore!

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