English Premier League Schedule and Table: Arsenal, Everton, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa In EPL Action

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Nov 29, 2013 11:45 PM EST
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Manchester United's Ryan Giggs (R) and his team mates celebrate after defeating Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League Group A soccer match at the BayArena in Leverkusen November 27, 2013. Manchester United won the match 5-0. (Photo : Reuters) "

The Premier League schedule picks up this weekend on Saturday and Sunday with a number of top teams in EPL action and some names include Arsenal, Everton, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa as well as Newcastle United and the first match on Sunday will have the Spurs taking on Man U at White Hart Lane.

The matches get started early with Saturday's action with Aston Villa hosting Sunderland at Villa Park, while Cardiff City and Arsenal will be playing at Cardiff City Stadium and the Gunners will be coming in after a solid Champions League performance. Everton and Stoke City will be playing at Goodison Park, while Norwich City and Crystal Palace will be playing at Carrow Road and at the same time West Ham United and Fulham will be playing at Upton Park. Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion are playing at St James' Park and then on Sunday it will be Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United playing White Hart Lane.

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Hull City and Liverpool will be playing at The Kingston Communications Stadium, while Chelsea and Southampton will be playing at Stamford Bridge and the last game on the schedule is Manchester City against Swansea City at Etihad Stadium. The table currently has Arsenal at the top over Liverpool and Chelsea and behind is Manchester City and Southampton, while Manchester United is next.

Arsenal ended up with a win last week in Champions League play, but they are not yet through to the round of 16. Overshadowed by Aaron Ramsey and new signing Mesut Ozil so far this season, midfielder Jack Wilshere offered signs that he was getting back to his best with both goals for Arsenal against Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Still only 21, Wilshere has long been touted as the man to lead Arsenal to a long-overdue Premier League title and also become the lynchpin of England's midfield.

Yet a succession of ankle injuries have disrupted his progress and this season, Wilshere has struggled to stand out in a midfield brimming with quality.

When Wilshere missed the entire 2011-12 season through injury his stock rose as Arsenal struggled to keep pace with the top clubs in the Premier League.

He was hailed as the club's savior when he returned last October but failed to score in the league and so far in this campaign, Arsenal's surge to the top of the table has been inspired by the goals of Ramsey and Olivier Giroud and playmaker Ozil's assists.

England manager Roy Hodgson, while a huge fan of Wilshere, underlined that the Arsenal player is not an automatic choice in the team when he was left out of the vital World Cup qualifier against Poland after a poor display in the 0-0 draw against Ukraine in Kiev.

While the focus has definitely shifted away from Wilshere, it could be good news for Arsenal and England. Wilshere needed only 29 seconds to curl Arsenal into the lead and added a second late on to clinch a victory that leaves the club on the verge of the Champions League last 16.

Providing Arsenal do not lose by three goals in Napoli in their final group fixture they will progress, although the element of doubt means Wenger can ill afford to rest players for what will be a highly-charged night in Italy.

(Reuters)

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