6 Key Premier League Battles to Watch This Weekend

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6 Key Premier League Battles to Watch This Weekend
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Rafa Benitez bemoaning his side's luck last week at Newcastle

After a midweek filled with international fixtures, including England’s fine 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley last night, the English Premier League returns this weekend with some crucial matches at both ends of the table.

Chelsea’s loss to Newcastle last Saturday piled even more pressure on Rafa Benitez.

You’d have to assume that the very least that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will accept is qualifying for the Champions League, but the Blues’ form has been indifferent of late.

If they don’t find a way to break the slump they’re in, then the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Everton are all poised to take advantage.

At the other end of the table, Aston Villa need to start picking up points if they’re to avoid relegation.

As things stand right now, they’re in the bottom three with the worst goal difference in the league, although their performance against Everton at Goodison last week will give Paul Lambert hope that they can get their way out of the mess that they're in.

It’s getting tight in the battle for Champions League places and to avoid relegation, so let’s take a look at the six fixtures to keep an eye on this weekend.

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