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What to watch in the Premier League this weekend as the title race heats up

We've got an EPL title six-pointer this weekend, but that's far from the only match to watch.

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The English Premier League never has a dull weekend of action, and this one will be no exception. We have a title race six-pointer between the top two teams in the table, a major rivalry match, a relegation six-pointer and a number of other key battles for positioning as we start to barrel down the second half of the season. With so much at stake there's going to be a lot of action to keep track of this weekend.

So with so much going on, what should you watch? Worry not -- we've picked three of the best games this weekend for you to keep an eye on.

Best of Saturday: Manchester City vs. Leicester City

This is unquestionably the biggest match of the weekend. It's the top team in the Premier League against the second-place side, with just a three-point gap between them. A win for Leicester here would be massive -- not only would they defeat Manchester City on the road, but the Foxes would open up a six-point lead on their opponents. That's not an unbeatable margin, given how much of the season is left, but with how tight the title race has been all year, that much breathing room would be a relief to Leicester. This match was a scoreless draw when these two teams met in Leicester in December; with the Foxes in better form now and Manchester City battered by injuries, the Citizens will need to be at their best to make sure they win and pull even with the league leaders.

Bonus Saturday action: Southampton vs. West Ham United

A win for West Ham (coupled with other favorable results) would help them not only pull further away from the midtable mire, but potentially pass Manchester United and get within shouting distance of the top four again. Southampton are one spot and five points behind West Ham, and are perched right on top of that murky midtable group, with a run from seventh to 14th in the table separated by just five points. They need to start creating some separation from that, and a win over giant-killing West Ham would be a good way to kick-start their form and start climbing the table again.

Best of Sunday: Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Chelsea have quietly gone on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including three wins in the league to start slowly climbing up the table and away from the relegation zone. That form will be tested by a visit from fifth-place Manchester United, but with the Red Devils seemingly unable to describe their form as anything but "mercurial," there's no guarantee that Manchester will be able to overwhelm the fallen defending EPL champions. With both teams out to prove a point and the trappings of a big English rivalry, this should be a hard-fought match.

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The full listing of Premier League action for the weekend is below. If you need a TV or live streaming option in another country, you can get the listings from LiveSoccerTV.

Matchup Time (ET) Watch (U.S.)
Manchester City vs. Leicester City Saturday, 7:45 a.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford FC Saturday, 10 a.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra
Liverpool vs. Sunderland Saturday, 10 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace Saturday, 10 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Stoke City vs. Everton Saturday, 10 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs. Norwich City Saturday, 10 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Newcastle vs. West Bromwich Albion Saturday, 10 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Southampton vs. West Ham United Saturday, 12:30 p.m. NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra
AFC Bournemouth vs. Arsenal Sunday, 8:30 a.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra
Chelsea vs. Manchester United Sunday, 11 a.m. NBCSN, Telemundo (Spanish), NBC Sports Live Extra