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English Premier League: 5 Clubs That Are Desperate for a Win This Weekend

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

English Premier League: 5 Clubs That Are Desperate for a Win This Weekend

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    The calendar has switched from September to October and with that change, it is time for many EPL clubs to focus on where they are headed for the rest of the season.

    Some clubs like Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United are already in good shape and will be fighting for European spots alongside Tottenham.

    The clubs that are not performing so well are either clubs that sit lower than their expected place at the moment or are sitting in the relegation zone.

    With all the focus on the big clubs in European play this week, it is time to now switch the focus over the EPL and the many clubs in the league that are close to entering crisis mode if they do not win soon.

Queens Park Rangers

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    Let's start with the most desperate club in the EPL at this point in the season.

    Queens Park Rangers are one of three winless clubs in the English top flight and have the manager who is in most danger of losing his job in Mark Hughes.

    Hughes' club brought in over a dozen new signings this summer. There have only been a few signs that the club are meshing well as a team.

    The road to the club's first win does not get easier for the rest of the month, starting with Saturday's trip to sixth place West Brom.

    After the trip to the Hawthorns, the R's will have to play Everton and Arsenal before a relegation battle with Reading on November 4th.

Liverpool

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    Liverpool finally won their first match of the season last Saturday with a 5-2 victory over Norwich City.

    The pressure has been on new manager Brendan Rodgers since he took the job over the summer. That pressure will ease more with more wins.

    The Reds have a chance to improve on their current 14th place position in the EPL with the help of home-field advantage at Anfield.

    Rodgers and company will play three of their next four matches in the league at Anfield, with the only away match being the Merseyside derby at the end of the month.

    The first two of those matches are against lesser opponents in Stoke and Reading, starting with the visit from the Potters on Saturday.

Swansea City

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    Swansea City had one of the hottest starts to the season in the Premier League but are now fading fast.

    The Swans started out the season with eight goals in two wins. Since their 3-0 win over West Ham, however, they have not won a single match.

    During this stretch, the only point that the Welsh club have earned came against Sunderland in a 2-2 draw on September 1.

    After that draw at home, the Swans have lost three straight matches and failed to score a goal during their losing streak.

    Michael Laudrup's club will host Reading at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Facing a struggling club like the Royals is a perfect opportunity for the Swans to win their third match of the season.

Reading

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    The club on the other side of Saturday's match at the Liberty Stadium are in even more desperate need of a win.

    Reading sit in 19th place and are one of the three winless clubs left in the EPL.

    The Royals have not faced the easiest of opponents in their first five games, sustaining losses to Chelsea and Tottenham along with a draw with Newcastle.

    The upcoming schedule for the Royals is slowly getting easier with plenty of relegation contenders like QPR, Wigan and Norwich up ahead in November.

    Brian McDermott's club have their best chance to win a match on Saturday when they travel to Wales to face Swansea City, who are struggling at the moment.

    After the trip to Wales, the Royals face two tough tasks in Liverpool and Fulham before they enter a stretch of potential relegation battles on November 4 against QPR.

Arsenal

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    Arsenal are not a club in crisis and they are in no danger of being relegated like the other clubs on this list. But they are in need of a win.

    The Gunners have had a slow start to the EPL season with only nine points in six matches.

    Arsenal's first loss of the league season came at the hands of Chelsea last weekend and with all of the other title contenders winning each week, the Gunners need to start playing catch up.

    That process can start on Saturday when they visit West Ham at Upton Park, beginning a stretch of three matches that should yield a full nine points for the club.

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