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We look ahead to a huge weekend of Premier League action on Sky Sports as Rafael Benitez returns.

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Rafa Benitez is in the spotlight as his Chelsea side take on Manchester City

Rafa Benitez is in the spotlight as his Chelsea side take on Manchester City

Rafa's back, Rodgers returns and Baggies aim to boing into third

It's another huge weekend of Premier League action with the arrival of Rafael Benitez adding further spice to the clash between Chelsea and Manchester City on Sunday.

The European champions host the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge live on Sky Sports 1 HD with Benitez in the dugout for the first time following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday.

With Manchester City having been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in midweek and Chelsea on the brink of relinquishing their crown, the Premier League is likely to be the focus for both sides this season.

But Manchester United will also have a say in the title race and they will be eyeing top spot in the Premier League when they host winless Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the visitors sacking Mark Hughes on Friday morning.

The weekend action begins on Sky Sports 2 HD when Sunderland entertain West Brom at the Stadium of Light in the lunch-time kick-off.

Albion can go third if they win in the North East but if they slip up then Everton will expect to take their place in the top four with a win at home to Norwich later on Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere Wigan take on Reading at the DW Stadium and the Royals can overtake their hosts with three points but are yet to win away so far this season.

Desperate

Aston Villa are also desperate to climb up the table but face a stiff test as Arsenal are the visitors at Villa Park.

Stoke and Fulham complete the Saturday fixtures and the Potters need a three-goal win to leapfrog their opponents at the Britannia Stadium.

The lunchtime kick-off on Sunday is live on Sky Sports 1 HD and sees Brendan Rodgers return to the Liberty Stadium as Liverpool travel to Swansea.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Southampton take on Newcastle with Nigel Adkins' team buoyed by their win at QPR and eyeing further success against a Magpies team fresh from back-to-back home defeats.

The remaining Sunday fixture sees West Ham make the short trip to face a Tottenham side still smarting from derby-day disappointment against the Gunners.

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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