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QPR must aim to put an end to a leaky defensive streak against the competition's most prolific scorers, Manchester United, while Chelsea are used to beating Wigan heavily

The Easter Bank Holidays are upon us but there's no rest for Premier League footballers with crucial games at both the top and the bottom of the table over the weekend.

Manchester United, already in an ominous position atop the standings, can pile pressure on rivals Manchester City if they beat QPR to take an eight-point lead before Roberto Mancini's men kick off against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Rs will be desperate to secure their second big scalp in as many matches, having dispatched the Gunners last time out, as they keep on eye on their fellow relegation-battlers across the league.

Wigan have claimed some important victories of their own lately, having followed up their shock 2-1 win at Anfield by triumphing over Stoke City in their most recent match, but will have to crank it up another notch as they travel to Chelsea.

Roberto Di Matteo has still only overseen one defeat since replacing former manager Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge and will be targeting three points against the lowly Latics to keep the Blues in with a shout of Champions League qualification.

Results panned out disastrously for Blackburn last weekend to put Rovers back in the relegation places and they take on West Brom, who themselves could do with a three-point boost to ensure that they remain well clear of danger.

A tough trip to the Britannia Stadium is in store, meanwhile, for bottom club Wolves, for whom anything short of a win could put Premier League survival out of reach. Terry Connor has yet to lead his side to a victory - indeed, they have lost their last five and conceded 17 goals in the process.

Losing 2-0 to Newcastle contributed to Liverpool falling behind local rivals Everton in the table, and the now-eighth-placed Reds will look to get back on track at home to Aston Villa, who came close to rallying for a point against Chelsea and may fancy their chances against Kenny Dalglish's out-of-form side.

The Toffees, meanwhile, travel to Norwich City in the hopes of solidfying their position, whilst Bolton, now with their heads above water in 16th, will test themselves against a Fulham outfit with little to play for.

Tottenham's journey to the Stadium of Light is the weekend's other game, Harry Redknapp aiming to steer his top-four contenders to a third consecutive win.

As the season hurtles towards a climactic finish, here are's 10 key stats ahead of the weekend's action.



1 - Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has lost only once in 17 previous clashes with Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill.

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11 - Fulham have the joint worst away record in the Premier League along with struggling QPR and Wolves, picking up just 11 points on their travels this season.

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17 - Chelsea have put 17 goals past Wigan in their last five meetings, despite winning only three of those games. The Blues thrashed Roberto Martinez's side by eight and six goals respectively in back-to-back games in 2010.

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Aston Villa

5 - Liverpool have only managed five victories out of a possible 15 at home in the Premier League this season, but face an Aston Villa side who have won only once in their last eight matches.

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13 - Norwich City have recovered 13 points from losing positions so far this season, the third-highest behind Arsenal (19) and Wolves (14).

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West Brom

56 - At 56 per cent, Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson has the worst saves-to-shots ratio of any shot stopper in the Premier League, while Rovers have conceded 21 goals from crosses this season - more than any other top flight club.

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150 - If he starts as expected on Saturday, Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will make his 150th appearance for the club. The Wales international will be hoping to play his part in extending Stoke's winless run to five games.

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Manchester United

22 - QPR are without a clean sheet in 22 Premier League games and will have to work hard to stop that run against a Manchester United side who have scored 76 goals in the competition this season.

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   Manchester City

2 - Manchester City have only scored twice in the last five meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, winning two games, while the Gunners have netted three times but recorded just one victory - a 3-0 trouncing on October 24 2010.

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