Seven storylines to watch this weekend in the Premier League

Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, QPR, Liverpool, Arsenal, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion all feature.

Get set for another exciting weekend of Premier League action...

Manchester City will close the gap - won't they?

Manchester City's players, from David Silva to Pablo Zabaleta have been busy talking up their assertion that they will catch and overtake Manchester United once again. The gap currently stands at seven points, but this weekend could be a big one in the title race. City benefit from playing a day earlier, and they have a comfortable looking home game against an out of form Fulham side who do not travel especially well. Inspired by the incentive of closing the gap momentarily to four points, expect City to win all three here. United will then have 24 hours to stew on the fact they are under pressure, and their trip to White Hart Lane is not an easy one...

Can Scott Parker 'do a Sandro'?

United have had some good results at White Hart Lane through the years, winning 3-1 on their last visit, but after losing for the first time in 23 years to Spurs at home in September, there is no chance Sir Alex Ferguson's men will underestimate the task ahead of them in Sunday's 4pm kick-off. Integral to Tottenham's win at Old Trafford was Brazilian midfielder Sandro, but the club have been rocked by the news he will miss the rest of the season. So it is up to Scott Parker to step up in his place, can he be as effective? He did well against QPR last week, but United are quite a different prospect. This will be a real test of seeing how close Parker is to getting back to his best, and a test of Tottenham's resolve to finish in the top four.

Will Loic Remy show us what all the fuss is about?

We've all read the headlines - but now we know one thing, Loic Remy is finally here. After a battle for his signature, with Newcastle left high and dry, it was QPR who got their man. It has already been announced the Frenchman will go straight into the squad for the clash with West Ham, giving us an immediate chance to see the much-vaunted striker in action. Will he be worth the wait and all the heartache? That's exactly what we intend to see...

Will Luis Suarez be on his best behaviour?

Once again, the spotlight at Liverpool will be on none other than Luis Suarez. Is it ever anywhere else? The striker admitted in an interview in his native Uruguay that he did 'dive' earlier in the season against Stoke, and manager Brendan Rodgers yesterday expressed his disappointment in the forward, insisting he would be 'dealt with'. Will the striker be on his best behaviour? Who knows, just expect him to be, well, Luis Suarez. He has an excellent record against Norwich, scoring two hat-tricks against them in successive games, but the Canaries did claim a draw at Anfield last season, so who knows...

Can Arsenal drag Chelsea into the battle for the top four?

Suddenly after the midweek fixtures, Arsenal will feel they have the momentum coming into this clash, and Chelsea will be hoping the home blues don't strike once again. They are yet to win a game at Stamford Bridge in 2013 in three attempts, and Arsenal will be their toughest opponents yet this calendar year. Jack Wilshere summed up the Gunners' belief when he said 'Chelsea fear us' - But Arsenal will have to silence Demba Ba who struck a brace against them last month for Newcastle. If Arsenal win, and then win their game in hand against West Ham next week, then they can climb one point above Chelsea. So this game really does matter; if Chelsea are defeated they get dragged into the scrap for the Champions League places, of which they once looked assured. If they win, they can kid themselves they are still in the title race for a little bit longer.

Swansea v Stoke - Who will win the culture clash?

Swansea and Stoke have been busy negotiating this week over Kenwyne Jones, but expect him to remain with the visitors at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday. The match is the ultimate footballing culture clash, Swansea's slick passing, counter attacking team, versus Stoke's roughhouse physical game. Can Jonathan Walters continue to bounce back from his double own-goal and penalty miss horror show last week? Is the amount of football Swansea are playing with their thin squad going to catch up with them? Place your bets now...

Will Midlands rivals West Brom pile on Aston Villa's troubles?

Aston Villa are right in the mire, and few teams will revel in the opportunity to pile on the pressure as much as Midlands rivals West Brom. The match may be billed as a heavyweight striking contest between Belgian powerhouses Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke, but if the bout is judged on confidence, there will be no contest. They say form goes out of the window in derby's, and Villa will certainly hope so, as they haven't won in the league since early December. West Brom on the other hand still sit above Liverpool in seventh, and will be keen to hang around in the top positions as long as possible, and give Villa a good kicking in the process.

What are you most excited to see this weekend?

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