EPL 2012-13: Premier League Game Week 16 Preview

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 14:06 [IST]

London, Dec 8: Relegation dwellers Southampton take on Reading while two teams in-form Swansea City and Norwich City battle it out in South Wales. Winless Queens Park Rangers visit the DW Stadium to face out-of-form Wigan Athletic, all the previews from Game Week 18 of the Barclays Premier League.

Aston Villa vs Stoke City - Villa Park

Two points clear from the drop zone, Aston Villa aim to move higher up the table but they host an in-form Stoke City side at Villa Park on Saturday.

Villa may have stayed unbeaten in their last three games, but lack firepower upfront, not able to score goals and eventually win games. Paul Lambert continues to drop the clubs most expensive striker Darren Bent and prefers 20-year-old Christian Benteke upfront.

Stoke are on a run of five unbeaten games, winning four of them. The Potters have hit this kind of form in the league after a year and have only conceded 12 goals in this season, the second best defensive record after Manchester City.

Premier League Game Week 16 Preview

Southampton vs Reading - St Mary's Stadium

Two promoted clubs currently in the drop zone, Southampton host Reading at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Relegation dwellers had to face tough opponents last time out. Both Saints and the Royals had close encounters against Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively, but couldn't get a positive result.

Brian McDermott's Reading side will take positives from their match against United which produced seven entertaining goals in the first half. Nigel Adkins side have lost three games in a row.

Although Southampton lost at Anfield, it is their first loss in their last five league matches.

Swansea City vs Norwich City - Liberty Stadium

Swansea will have an eye on moving closer to a Champions League spot with a win over weekend opponents Norwich City.

Suffering just one loss in nine league games, Michael Laudrup's side, currently placed seventh, have a chance to move further up the table if they seal three points at home against Norwich.

With three wins in five games, the Welsh club are favourites to snatch all three points but their opponents too are unbeaten in eight games with four wins.

Norwich got the better of Sunderland last time out and are level in points with Liverpool in the league standings above Fulham and Newcastle.

Wigan Athletic vs Queens Park Rangers - DW Stadium

Still without a win after 15 games in the league, Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp will hope his side can get a positive result against Wigan Athletic.

With the Latics recent results of four wins in five games, QPR can hope for a good result after back-to-back draws.

Currently, only two points clear of the drop zone, Wigan will be hoping to get back to winnings.

West Ham United vs Liverpool - Upton Park

West Ham United hope to continue their impressive run at Upton Park when host Liverpool who will be without striker Luis Suarez.

The Hammers have 22 points in 15 games and have lost only once at home since their promotion into the top flight. Sam Allardyce's side came back to win 3-1 against Chelsea last weekend.

The last time Liverpool beat West Ham was back in 2009 when Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt scored while Carlton Cole, who scored against Reds last time the two sides met, is set to start ahead of Andy Carroll.

Brendan Rodgers's side have lost only once in 10 league games but have won only a single away match at Norwich.

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur - Goodison Park

Everton hope to get back to winning ways while Spurs will aim to maintain consistency with another win at Goodison Park on Sunday.

With Champions League spots up for grabs, both teams will have an eye to claim it. Spurs are already in fourth spot with three wins in a row while the Toffees are three points below in seventh position having drawn three back-to-back games.

While Tottenham have a chance to level points with Chelsea, Everton can claim fourth spot with a win.

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