Premier League Preview: March 17

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Saturday's Premier League action helped shape key battles at both ends of the table and Sunday looks set to do exactly the same.

Starting at the very top of the table, and with Manchester City's 2-0 defeat against Everton seemingly the final nail in the coffin that is their title defence, Roberto Mancini's side may have to start looking over their shoulder if results go against them on Sunday.

The first game which will worry the Citizens is Tottenham's home clash against Fulham. 

Spurs can narrow the gap between them and Manchester City - who have a game in hand - to just two points to with victory at White Hart Lane, something which looks likely to happen given their recent meetings with Fulham.

The north London side have won their last four home games against Fulham and emerged victorious at Craven Cottage earlier this season.

Despite recent history being in their favour Spurs looked out on their feet after their brutal 120-minute Europa League tie against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Thursday, something Fulham will be hopeful of exploiting.

Elsewhere in the battle for Champions League qualification, Chelsea take on a West Ham side looking to find some consistency in the final matches of the season.

The Hammers have won just three of their last ten games, although two of those have come in their last four outings.

Sam Allardyce's men inflicted Rafa Benitez's first defeat as Chelsea boss back in December, but go into the game without key trio Kevin Nolan, Joe Cole and Mark Noble.

Chelsea meanwhile will be buoyant after a morale-boosting win over Steaua Bucharest that moved them through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, with Fernando Torres making it onto the scoresheet.

The Blues will be looking to capitalise on any slip-up from Spurs and put pressure on Manchester City themselves, while maintaining the gap between them and the chasing pack.

Down at the other end of the table, Norwich will be mindful of slipping back into the relegation dog-fight when they take on fellow-strugglers Sunderland in the day's early kick-off.

The last of four games on Sunday sees another team at the bottom of the table, Wigan, taking on a Newcastle side seemingly out of trouble and in a confident mood after they secured a Europa League spot with a win over Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday.


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