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What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend

August 22, 2014 08:10 IST

Image: Gael Clichy of Manchester City (right) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool vie for the ball
Photographs: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.

Manchester City vs Liverpool

When: Tuesday, August 26

Time: 0030 IST

Liverpool's regrets about missing out on a first English league title for 24 years last season will be stronger than ever on Monday when they visit champions Manchester City, who pipped them by two points.

The meeting of last term's top two is the highlight of the weekend Premier League programme, in which Arsenal and Manchester United face tricky away games while Chelsea will expect to record a second straight win over a promoted side.

Liverpool will make the short motorway trip east to Manchester knowing they should be arriving as title holders.

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What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend

Image: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City
Photographs: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

With three matches to play last season, Brendan Rodgers' side were nine points clear of City, who had two games in hand but had just lost 3-2 at Anfield.

Liverpool then lost at home to Chelsea, and then frittered away a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace, allowing City to finish top by winning their four remaining games.

The Manchester side were the more impressive of the two on the opening weekend of the new campaign, easing to a 2-0 win at Newcastle United with goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Liverpool, now without last season's leading scorer Luis Suarez, were below their best at home to Southampton and needed a late goal from Daniel Sturridge to win 2-1.

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What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend

Image: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City
Photographs: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester United vs Sunderland

When: Sunday, August 24

Time: 2030 IST

City's neighbours Manchester United visit Sunderland on Sunday hoping to shrug off last weekend's surprise 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City in their first league match under new manager Louis van Gaal.

The experienced Dutchman will have spent the week trying to restore his players' confidence, which he was said was "smashed" by the Swansea result.

"We make steps and you have to learn from your steps," he told the club's in-house television station MUTV.

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What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend

Image: Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring a goal against Crystal Palace
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth /Reuters

Arsenal vs Everton

When: Saturday, August 23

Time: 2200 IST

The late kickoff on Saturday sees Arsenal travel to Everton, needing to recover physically from a long trip to Istanbul in the Champions League playoff round on Tuesday, when they were somewhat fortunate to draw 0-0 with Besiktas.

Last April, Arsene Wenger's team lost 3-0 at Everton, one of several emphatic away defeats which they need to improve on this season.

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What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend

Image: Chelsea players appeal to Referee Michael Oliver, as he books their teammate Diego Costa for diving
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Chelsea vs Leicester

When: Saturday, August 23

Time: 1930 IST

Chelsea, comfortable 3-1 winners at Burnley on Monday, when Spain's Diego Costa scored on his competitive debut, play last season's Championship winners Leicester City, who were impressive in holding Everton 2-2 in their first Premier League match for 10 years.

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Image: Harry Redknapp manager of Queens Park Rangers directs his side as Kevin Bond (r) looks on
Photographs: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur vs QPR

When: Sunday, August 24

Time: 1800 IST

Harry Redknapp, sacked by Tottenham Hotspur two years ago despite leading them to fourth place, returns to White Hart Lane in charge of Queens Park Rangers, with former Spurs midfield hero and manager Glenn Hoddle now in his coaching team.

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What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend

Image: Crystal Palace players celebrate a goal by teammate Brede Hangeland (3rd from right)
Photographs: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Crystal Palace vs West Ham United

When: Saturday, August 23

Time: 1930 IST

Crystal Palace and West Ham United, both beaten by London rivals on the opening day, meet at Selhurst Park with the home club looking for a new boss.

Last season Palace won both meetings on their way to finishing unexpectedly high in 11th place, having been widely tipped for relegation.