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Roberto Mancini's side seek to gain further ground on United at the top of the league, while Wolves look to tighten up their leaky defensive record at Sunderland

Another round of Premier League action is upon us and the title race has ignited once more, while the FA Cup semi-finals also promise to serve up two exciting ties at Wembley.

Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic saw their title rivals Manchester City narrow the gap at the top to five points following a comfortable 4-0 victory over West Brom at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Both sides cannot avoid further slip-ups this term and Roberto Mancini's charges have the chance to apply further pressure on the champions as they travel to Norwich City on Saturday.

Paul Lambert's men have struggled for form over recent weeks, while City's poor away record, which has seen them win only twice on the road in the league since the start of November, means that this will be a tough test of Roberto Mancini's title credentials.

Manchester United host Aston Villa on Sunday as Sir Alex Ferguson's men look to maintain their 100 per cent record at Old Trafford this calendar year.

At the other end of the table, Wolves are still looking for their first win since Terry Connor took charge of the team in February as they travel to Sunderland.

Both Swansea City and Blackburn Rovers will be hoping to end their run of four straight league defeats as they face each other at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

QPR will be hoping to transfer their performance from their 3-0 win over Swansea on Wednesday into their clash against West Brom, as Mark Hughes' side attempt to pull clear of the relegation back.

In the FA Cup, Liverpool and Everton square off at Wembley on Saturday as Kenny Dalglish eyes his second trophy this season following his success in the League Cup earlier in the campaign.

Sunday will see Tottenham face Chelsea in the second FA Cup semi-final as Roberto Di Matteo attempts to continue his encouraging start since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas last month.

As the season hurtles towards a tense finish, here are Goal.com's key stats ahead of the weekend's action.

Norwich City
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Manchester City

5 - Manchester City have only managed to score five goals in their last 10 Premier League matches away from home this season.

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Sunderland
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  Wolves

2 - As well as having the worst defensive record in the Premier League, Wolves have conceded at least two goals in their last nine matches.

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Swansea City
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Blackburn Rovers

0 - Gylfi Sigurddson, who has netted six goals in 13 appearances since his arrival from Hoffenheim in January, is yet to get on the scoresheet during a match at the Liberty Stadium this season.

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West Brom
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QPR

396 - QPR players have collectively been fouled a total of 396 times this season - more than any other side in the Premier League.

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Liverpool
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  Everton

11 - Everton have been eliminated at the semi-final stage 11 times - more than any other club in the history of the competition.

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Manchester United
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  Aston Villa

9 - Manchester United have won all nine Premier League matches that Paul Scholes has started in this term.

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Tottenham
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  Chelsea

21 - Excluding penalty shoot-out defeats, Chelsea are unbeaten in 21 FA Cup games.

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