Sterling’s battle with Liverpool, Newcastle’s battle against Leicester and the London derby – Matches to look out for this weekend: Week 13

By Sarad Bade Shrestha on November 20, 2015

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Date – 21/11/2015

Venue – Etihad Stadium

Timing – 17:30 (BST)

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In arguably the match of the Premier League weekend, leaders Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and the clash is poised to be an enthralling battle between the two sides.

Manchester City were unable to break down a resolute Aston Villa side in a 0-0 draw ahead of the international break but they managed to keep hold of top spot as Arsenal also failed to win their game.

Now City will be hopeful of returning back to winning ways this weekend but it will surely not be straightforward against a dangerous Liverpool side.

Jurgen Klopp lost his first game as manager of Liverpool after his side succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace and the result was most certainly a disappointing one for the Reds.

The defeat proved that Klopp has a tough job on his hands in order to turn Liverpool into a top four team and a clash against Manchester City away from home this weekend poses another tough challenge for the 48-year old.

Injuries/Suspensions

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri

Liverpool: Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

Venue – St. James’ Park

Date – 21/11/2015

Timing – 15:00 (BST)

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Newcastle United welcome high flying Leicester City to St. James’ Park on Saturday and the match looks set to be a very entertaining affair between two attack minded sides.

Newcastle United managed to somehow claim a victory over Bournemouth despite being dominated throughout the entire game and the massive slice of luck is perhaps just what the Magpies need to kick start their season.

Now out of the relegation zone, Newcastle will be hopeful of building on from their win last time out but it will not be an easy task this weekend as they welcome surprise packages Leicester City to St. James’ Park.

Leicester City look like they simply cannot do any wrong at the moment and the Foxes continued their brilliant start to the season with a gritty 2-1 victory over Watford last time out.

It remains to be seen whether Leicester will be able to maintain their fine run throughout the course of the campaign but manager Claudio Ranieri will surely be hopeful of his side continuing their brilliant form when they square off against an out of colour Newcastle side.

Injuries/Suspensions

Newcastle United: Karl Darlow, Robert Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Emmanuel Rivière, Curtis Good, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy, Matthew James

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Venue – White Hart Lane

Date – 22/11/2015

Timing – 16:00 (BST)

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In the second consecutive London derby for Tottenham Hotspur, they will square off against West Ham United this weekend and the match should be a thrilling battle between the two in form teams.

Tottenham continued their fine unbeaten run by earning a 1-1 draw away from home to Arsenal in the North London derby but manager Mauricio Pochettino would have felt that his side deserved all three points for their quality performance.

Nonetheless, there were many positives to be taken back from the display and Pochettino will be hopeful of his side getting back to winning ways when West Ham United pay a visit to White Hart Lane this weekend.

West Ham United are also enjoying a wonderful campaign and look like genuine contenders for a top four finish.

With the competition so fierce though, West Ham do face an uphill battle in order to achieve such lofty targets and manager Slaven Bilic will be hopeful of guiding his side to a victory when they square off against Tottenham this weekend.

Injuries/Suspensions

Tottenham Hotspur: Erik Lamela, Nabil Bentaleb, Moussa Dembele, Clinton N’Jie, Nacer Chadli, Alex Pritchard

West Ham United: James Collins, Pedro Obiang, Darren Randolph, Alex Song, Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia

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