Premier League — 22 February 2013

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under-pressure to get a victory against Aston Villa Saturday’s Premier League games include a top vs. bottom clash at Loftus Road, as QPR host Manchester United.

The home side are in desperate need of a victory to move closer to safety. Harry Redknapp’s side are seven points away from safety.

The Hoops have claimed just two Premier League victories this season and time is running out for the London side to survive the drop.

Manchester United by contrast are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The league leaders are also the top scorers in the top flight, but will start the game without injured duo Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney for the clash. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won five out of their last six games in all competitions and are in fine form.

Elsewhere, another struggling team Aston Villa visit under-pressure Arsenal. The Gunners suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night and boss Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure.

Wenger is a man in need of a victory. Arsenal trail rivals fourth-placed Tottenham by four points and could put pressure on their neighbours with a win in this clash.

Villa could be just the side that the Gunners need to play. The Villans have looked nervous at the back this season and that poor defending has lead the Midlanders into a relegation struggle.

Paul Lambert’s team are just a point above the relegation zone and could slip back into the drop zone with defeat in north London. However, Villa claimed a vital 2-1 victory against West Ham last time out, which will give the away fans hope.

Premier League games taking place on Saturday:

Fulham vs. Stoke

Norwich vs. Everton

Reading vs. Wigan

West Brom vs. Sunderland

Can QPR and Aston Villa pull off shock victories?


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David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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