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Premier League preview - 10th November 2010

last updated Wednesday 10th November 2010, 7:40 PM
Premiership games
Wednesday 10th November
19.45 Aston Villa v Blackpool
19.45 Chelsea v Fulham
19.45 Newcastle v Blackburn
19.45 West Ham v West Brom
19.45 Wigan v Liverpool
20.00 Everton v Bolton
20.00 Man City v Man Utd
19.45 Wolves v Arsenal
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Two derbies take centre stage on Wednesday as City aim to go level on points with bitter rivals United at Eastlands and Chelsea needing to beat Fulham to stay top of the Premiership

20:00 - Man City vs Man Utd
Manchester United are unbeaten in the league this campaign, in fact the club are without defeat in their last 25 matches in all competitions. The Red Devils, who will be without injured forward Wayne Rooney, trail leaders Chelsea by two points following an all-to-familiar late show against Wolves in their previous outing.

Manchester City, meanwhile, bounced back from successive league defeats with a triumph at West Brom, courtesy of Mario Balotelli's brace. But the striker will miss out this week due to suspension. It is United who boast the better record heading into this mouth-watering derby clash, with five victories accrued in their last six games in all competitions versus City.

19:45 - Chelsea vs Fulham
Table-toppers Chelsea are looking to respond from their loss at Anfield when they host West London London neighbours Fulham at Stamford Bridge. The Blues slipped to their second league defeat of the term on Merseyside, seeing their advantage at the summit reduced to two points. But they should be confident of a response, such is their record at home.

Indeed, the Blues have not conceded a goal in the last 781 minutes of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge. Fulham lie 13th in the table, three points above the drop zone but two points away from sixth. Their away form remains a concern, with no wins mustered in their last 23 Premier League matches on the road.

19:45 - Wolverhampton vs Arsenal
Another team looking to bounce back are Arsenal after their title hopes took a hit following a 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle; the second newly-promoted team to win at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners travel to Molineux to meet Wolverhampton Wanderers in what will surely be a test for Arsene Wenger's men, as Mick McCarthy's side have lost only one of their last nine Premier League home games.

Wolves head into the meeting off the back of a painful late defeat at Old Trafford, having previously gathered some momentum following an impressive scalp of City. The Midlands club are second from bottom in the division, but a surprise victory could lift them out of the drop zone.

19:45 - Wigan vs Liverpool
Liverpool are seeking a fourth successive three-point haul as they make the short trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic. The Reds' impressive success over Chelsea did much to boost their improving season while it temporarily silenced those who questioned manager Roy Hodgson earlier in the term.

And all eyes will likely be on striker Fernando Torres after his outstanding brace versus the champions. Wigan have slipped into the relegation places after suffering consecutive losses, while the club have achieved just one win in their previous eight outings. However, Latics boss Roberto Martinez should take heart from having slayed Liverpool in their last meeting back in March.

19:45 - West Ham vs West Brom
Bottom-of-the-table West Ham United face a crunch game against West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park. The Hammers relinquished a two-goal advantage at the weekend to ensure they remain with just one league win to their name this season. And the pressure on manager Avram Grant will surely increase to sweaty levels, despite the recent drop in temperature, if the club fail to see off their newly-promoted opponents, who, their Arsenal scalp aside, have struggled on their travels in the Premier League.

The Baggies are positioned eight points above the Hammers in 10th, but their excellent start to the season has been skewed by successive league defeats.

19:45 - Newcastle vs Blackburn
Fifth-placed Newcastle United must be pinching themselves after they followed up their hammering of bitter rivals Sunderland with a victory at Arsenal. It is now three Premier League wins on the spin for the Magpies, who last achieved said feat in April 2008.

And they face Blackburn Rovers hoping to make it four top-flight successes in a row for the first time since April 2006. Blackburn have been boosted after overcoming Wigan last time out - a first win in five fixtures. That victory propelled Blackburn out of the drop zone into 16th, and they head to St James' Park boasting a decent record on Tyneside, having emerged victorious in their last four trips.

20:00 - Everton vs Bolton
Everton are out to extend their six-game unbeaten run as they welcome Bolton Wanderers to Goodison Park. Indeed, the Toffees are the division's in-form side, with 12 points garnered from their previous six outings. And Manager of the Month for October David Moyes should be confident of maintaining that run, as the club have only lost one of their last 17 Premier League matches at home.

Bolton are currently in eighth spot following their excellent 4-2 defeat of Tottenham. The Trotters have performed well on the road this term, losing just once, and on Merseyside they will look to striker Johan Elmander, whose five goals this season have all come away from the Reebok Stadium.

19:45 - Aston Villa vs Blackpool
Lastly, Blackpool go in search of their fourth top-flight victory on the road this campaign as they travel to Aston Villa. The Seasiders sit a point above Villa following the former's encouraging start to life in the Premier League.

But Ian Holloway might be concerned about his side's defensive frailties, with 23 goals conceded in 11 outings. That said, Villa have been anything but prolific of late, with one strike mustered in their previous four league fixtures. For Villa boss Gerard Houllier, he still has work to do in persuading the club's faithful that he was the right man for the job.

Source James Dall at SkySports
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