United looking to stay top, Liverpool looking to Suarez against Chelsea

Updated: November 9, 2012

Manchester United will look to hold onto the initiative at the summit of the Premiership this weekend, when they take on Aston Villa. Chelsea and Manchester City will be ready to pounce on a United slip if they can defeat Liverpool and Tottenham respectively.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have not lost at Villa Park in the league since 1995 and, having overtaken Chelsea at the top, United will go into the match high on confidence, especially considering their opponents are hovering just a above the relegation zone. United will also be delighted with the fact that they are also through to the knock out stages of the Champions League following a 3-1 win during the week against Braga, a weight off their minds.

Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, fresh from a last-minute 3-2 Champions League win against Shakhtar Donetsk. John Terry is available again following his suspension. Liverpool will look to Suarez for inspiration. The Uruguay is enjoying his best spell in the Premiership with 7 goals so far this campaign, if he can stay on his feet he will be a threat to the Chelsea defence.

Manchester City are only 2 points off United in third, however have been far off the sort of form they showed last season. Another disappointing result midweek, has all but ended their hopes of Champions League qualification. They host an inconsistent Sours at Eastlands, a game they must win if they want to start getting their fans back on side.

Bottom side Southampton will be desperate for a home win as they take on Swansea, while Reading and Queens Park Rangers, the other two sides in the bottom three, search for their first league wins of the season. QPR are away to Stoke City while Reading host Norwich City.

Arsenal host Fulham and Everton meet Sunderland, while Wigan face West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United take on West Ham United.