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Football: Barclays Premier League Fixtures, Saturday 2 April 2011

Eight fixtures are due to take place in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 2nd April 2011, as the league competition continues towards its climax at the end of May.

West Ham v Man Utd – Kick-Off (GMT) 12:45

League leaders, Manchester United, have an opportunity to go eight points clear, if only for a few hours, as they kick-off the day’s early fixture away at West Ham’s Upton Park. The Hammers, however, are only out of the drop zone courtesy of goal difference, so they’ll be looking to collect at least a point to remain out of trouble.

Birmingham v Bolton – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00

What might, before the season, have been expected to be a mid-table clash sees Birmingham fighting for their Premier League status against a Bolton side looking to push towards European qualification. Birmingham begin this match 2nd bottom, just one point away from safety, so a draw would appear to be the least they would hope for at home. Against Owen Coyle’s well-drilled Bolton, that may be a big ask, however.

Everton v Aston Villa – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00

Everton may be forced to play the rest of this season without Louis Saha, but will still hope to get something from today’s fixture which sees them take on Villa who are 14th in the league. After a sticky start to the season, Everton now find themselves in 8th place, level on points with Bolton who are seventh: they’ll be keen to move up towards Europe with a home win today.

Newcastle v Wolverhampton – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00

Were it not for Newcastle’s overachieving opening few months to this season, they would find themselves in a similar position to that which Wolves currently occupy: the Midlands outfit is in 18th place, one point away from Premier League survival. Its tight at the bottom, though, and Newcastle, who are 11th in the league, are only four points ahead of Wolves. An away win from Mick McCarthy’s men today would see them not only out of the drop zone, but it would pull Newcastle into a proper relegation battle for the first time this season.

Stoke v Chelsea – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00

Chelsea need to keep winning to retain any sort of threat of retaining their Premier League crown, but Stoke are a very tricky outfit to defeat: they defend resolutely and pick teams off from set pieces. Few sides have learned how to cope with the super-long throwing skills of Rory Delap, either. Chelsea have tended to pepper sides with many shots, and huge possession, without recording many in the “goals for” column since December: if they repeat that at Stoke, they will lose, and their ambitions for this term will be dashed.

West Brom v Liverpool – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00

Liverpool have been revitalised since Kenny Dalglish took over as caretaker manager, and have begun to grind out result primarily through the improved form of their midfielders and attacking players. Newcomer Andy Carroll may play today to add further finishing touches to Liverpool’s improved passing play, which could be ominous for West Brom, who are only a point above a bottom three who look to have easier opportunities for points today.

Wigan v Tottenham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00

Tottenham have out-gunned teams only to drop points of late, which has seen them slip out of the UEFA Champions League places – for the time being, at least – however, they are only four points short of Manchester City, with a game in hand. A win today away at Wigan – who are bottom of the league – will see Spurs close that gap to one point, and pile pressure on City who have a home game against Sunderland on Sunday. Wigan need a win to keep in touch with those above them, though their recent form would suggest that Tottenham may prove too strong for them today.

Arsenal v Blackburn – Kick-Off (GMT) 17:30

Arsenal could begin this evening kick-off as many as eight points behind Manchester United, who they are looking to catch at the top of the table. They have a game in hand, so a win at home over Blackburn would see them stay in touch. If West Ham can get any sort of result against Man Utd, a win for Arsenal today would throw the title race wide open, with Arsenal v United to come on May Day. Blackburn, who are 13th in the league, are only one point ahead of the relegation places, however, so they’ll not be easy to roll over.

Barclays Premier League 2010/2011 Fixtures – Saturday 2nd April 2011

  • West Ham v Man Utd – Kick-Off (GMT) 12:45
  • Birmingham v Bolton – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
  • Everton v Aston Villa – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
  • Newcastle v Wolverhampton – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
  • Stoke v Chelsea – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
  • West Brom v Liverpool – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
  • Wigan v Tottenham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
  • Arsenal v Blackburn – Kick-Off (GMT) 17:30

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