English Premier League: EPL Week 12 Preview and Predictions

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English Premier League: EPL Week 12 Preview and Predictions
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The English Premier League returns to action this weekend after an extra week hiatus for the UEFA European Qualifying Championship playoffs and international fixtures around the globe.

Ireland, Portugal, Croatia and the Czech Republic all punched their ticket for the 2012 Euro's while England pulled off an unlikely 1-0 upset in a friendly against Spain.

But now it is back to action in the league.

Arsenal get it all started as they take on impressive freshmen Norwich City at Carrow Road. Robin Van Persie continues to avoid contract negotiations and his resume for a possibly big January move keeps getting better and better.

Newcastle United will face their toughest test to date as they face off against the only other unbeaten club in the league when they travel to Etihad Stadium to battle Manchester City. The Magpies have put in a phenomenal start to the season, but it will show their character in how they approach this major fixture.

Wigan Athletic play host to Blackburn Rovers as the basement battle of the week will decide which one stays at 20th in the league.

Chelsea and Liverpool have a major duel at Stamford Bridge in the only Saturday game. The Reds stormed the pitch last season in this fixture to take a 1-0 victory courtesy of Raul Meireles. However, Meireles now has joined Fernando Torres in blue and it will be interesting to see both of them face off against their former club.

It is a great weekend of action to get us geared up for the final months of 2011, and there is no doubt we will see at least one of two major surprises before it is all over with.

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