Premier League action returns this weekend, beginning at Loftus Road on Saturday lunchtime where Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers (4.5) host his former club Tottenham Hotspur (1.85).
QPR could move off the bottom of the league if they avoid defeat and other results fall in their favour, whilst victory for Spurs, will take them within three points of second place Manchester City.
Sixteenth meets seventeenth as Aston Villa (2.55) will hope to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to League Two Bradford City in the League Cup on Tuesday, as they welcome Southampton (3) to Villa Park, with both sides knowing defeat could see them drop into the bottom three.
Everton (1.62) go in to their game with Swansea City (6.5) just three points off third place, whilst the visitors, who gained a huge advantage in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final midweek will be looking to continue their own rise up the table. Everton have been linked with making a huge trasfer bid to Crystal Palace, promting further transfer rumours surrounding Man Utd’s pursuit of Wilfred Zaha, but as yet they have yet to agree terms. It will be interesting to see where the young England international goes next.
Wigan Athletic (4) will climb out of the relegation zone with victory over Fulham (2.05), whilst Newcastle United (3.5) will themselves move dangerously close to the bottom three if they fail to beat out of form Norwich City (2.25).
Struggling Reading (3.1) could move to within two points of safety if they beat West Bromwich Albion (2.55) who themselves will be looking to keep in touch with the top five, while Saturday’s action concludes in the North East as Sunderland (2.4) host West Ham United (3.3) at the Stadium of Light.