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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31541306 Eye on the clock Eye+on+the+clock Premier League

Are you ready for a second dose of an epic weekend? I hope so, because #EpicSunday2 is nearly upon us, and some of the Premier League heavyweights will battle it out in London. While much of the focus remains on the top of the table, we can’t ignore the fight for survival near the relegation zone:

 

Rob Stone

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31539368 Optimist at heart Optimist+at+heart Premier League

I’ve always been a sucker for the MLS SuperDraft with the storylines, the energy, and that fact that it means my favorite American league is getting closer and closer to returning. This week, I have even more optimistic, because the New England Revolution have made a bold move in the SuperDraft, trading up for the number one pick, where they took University of Louisville defender Andrew Farrell.

 

It’s a bright sign for a franchise that needed some sunlight - Jay Heaps and staff are letting fans know that they are not content with where they have been, and they are ready to take the 2013 season head-on.

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31541311 Tottenham vs. Manchester United (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET) Tottenham+vs.+Manchester+United+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Sunday%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

There was a mom at one of my youth teams that would bark out "every corner is a goal" every time we had a corner kick. Well, that has kind of been the case for Manchester United this season. They have 13 goals scored from the corner spots, which is the most in the Premier League this season. You can hear the crowd building on every corner kick at Old Trafford – I can’t remember a team in recent memory that brings the crowd to life on every corner. That is going to be a huge element in this match.

 

Revenge will be as well – remember, Spurs won at Old Trafford earlier this season. Tottenham is sitting in fourth place, with just one loss in their last ten games, and know that they cannot fall any further behind the leaders if they have any shot at trying to steal the Premier League crown.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31541310 Chelsea vs. Arsenal (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 8 a.m. ET) Chelsea+vs.+Arsenal+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Sunday%2C+8+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

What is going on at Stamford Bridge? Chelsea has just one win in their last seven home league matches, and they had a dreadful midweek 2-2 tie with Southampton. If Rafa Benitez wasn’t an interim manager going into that game he is now.

 

The Blues, sitting in third, had a great chance to narrow the gap on United, but now they welcome an Arsenal team that has won seven times at Stamford Bridge – the most in the Premier League. The Gunners have had a strange season – at this stage in the year, this is the fewest points they’ve had after 21 games under the Arsene Wenger reign. Yet, they are unbeaten in their last five road games. I’ll let you figure out which team will show up this weekend.

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31541307 West Ham vs. QPR (live, FOX Soccer 2GO, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) West+Ham+vs.+QPR+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer+2GO%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Queens Park Rangers are making a push to be the most entertaining story in the second half of this season. They had an enormous win at Chelsea, and then a slew of offensive-minded stellar acquisitions this week has Harry Redknapp thinking that while they may be in last place, it won’t be for much longer. He takes on his old club West Ham on the road this week. A fun stat: if the league had started when Harry Redknapp took over at QPR, they would be sitting in 13th place in the table. I don’t think they’ll end the season that high, but I think they have a great shot to pull themselves out of the bottom three.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31541308 Liverpool vs. Norwich (live, FOX Soccer, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Liverpool+vs.+Norwich+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Just when you’re ready to move on from one of Luis Suarez’s controversial moments, he is generous to serve up yet another. He admitted this week to FOX Argentina that he dived earlier this season against Stoke. Of course, on his way out, he takes a swipe at Manchester United, by saying they control the media in England. I’m still trying to figure out what Suarez and his club have to gain from those comments – silly stuff all around.

 

Interestingly, Suarez will be going for his third hat trick in a row against the Canaries. That will be some feat if the Uruguayan pulls it off. 

 

Liverpool are in eighth, and could potentially move up to sixth, as they take on a Norwich team which is struggling – they started hot, but have now gone five games without a win.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 23 Preview 31541309 Manchester City vs. Fulham (ive, ESPN2, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Manchester+City+vs.+Fulham+%28ive%2C+ESPN2%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

It’s getting to that time of the year that we start looking at those teams that are within striking distance of the relegation zone – and I mean that as a compliment. Fulham, I’m talking to you. They sit six points above the relegation line, and have been really struggling lately – especially on defense. They have only recorded one shutout in their last 14 league games.

 

They are going to have to try to outscore a City team that is the stingiest in the league, with only 19 goals allowed in this campaign. This one could be determined by the benches – we know how prolific Edin Dzeko has been off the bench for Manchester City, but it’s actually Fulham that has outscored City in that department, with an impressive eight goals from the bench. The message for this match: stick around, because there is sure to be some late drama.
 

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