The battle for top and the bottom in this week’s EPL Preview 2

On the backs of a Man City loss and Manchester United’s win over lowly Aston Villa, United cinched their incredible 13 EPL title and 20th league Championship overall.

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates another EPL title

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates another EPL title

The battle for the remaining champions league positions and the fight to avoid relegation now takes center stage in this weeks EPL preview.

United travel to Arsenal as champions, waiting only to be crowned. The Gunners who are in a fight to secure their champions league place, will hope to catch United napping and pick up all 3 points with a win. Out of respect the Gunners will form an honor guard to greet the champions, hopefully that will be the extent of their generosity as they cannot afford to drop any points as every game is vital.

Man Cit’s loss last week which handed the title to United, leaves City playing for pride and quite possibly their jobs. After City’s failure to capitalize on last years success, changes could be well underway at the Eithad, both with the playing staff and in the dugout.

Champions league hopefuls Spurs play Wigan Athletic in a game that both need to win. Spurs come in on the backs of a fantastic win over Manchester City, need another win to keep their hopes of a champions league spot alive. Their opponents Wigan have a game to win for entirely different reasons as their premiership survival is at stake.

In a bottom of the league clash, Aston Villa play Sunderland as they continue their fight for premiership survival. Villa sit one place above the drop zone but have a tough game as they face a revitalized Sunderland who are thriving under controversial new manger Paolo Di Canio.

In the battle of the bottom dwellers QPR face Reading in a game that might just be more about pride than anything else. It’s highly unlikely that either can stay up, regardless of who wins, as there just aren’t enough games left on the calendar.

With 5 games remaining every game is vital, whether for premiership survival or for champions league places.