PREVIEW: Merseyside derby takes center stage

Liverpool entertain Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.

Wigan Tottenham

Stoke travel to Sunderland on Monday, with Paolo Di Canio's side without Stephane Sessegnon for the rest of the season after the forward lost his appeal against the red card picked up at Villa.

The Black Cats had secured back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Everton without conceding a goal to ease their relegation fears, but Di Canio labelled the crushing defeat at Villa as "unacceptable".

At the other end of the table, Rafael Benitez's Chelsea are not in action until Sunday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

On Saturday, Wigan's annual role as the Barclays Premier League escape artists was reprised again as they won 3-2 at West Brom.

Time and again Roberto Martinez's men have ended the season strongly to stay up, but going into Saturday's meeting five points shy of the rest, they looked in trouble.

That situation increased when Shane Long tucked in Markus Rosenberg's cross for the Baggies, but Arouna Kone levelled before the break.

Gareth McAuley put West Brom ahead again five minutes after the restart but Wigan, never-say-die merchants, equalised through James McArthur (58) and won it when Callum McManaman scored with 10 minutes left.

Wigan now have 35 points, three less than Norwich whose dismal 2013 continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa.

A 0-0 draw at West Ham leaves Newcastle in bother on 38 points, but being already relegated played into the hands of Reading who went goal crazy at Fulham, winning 4-2.

Tottenham struck a potentially lethal blow in the race for a top-four place

Spurs were struggling to find a way past Southampton at White Hart Lane until the man of the moment, PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale, unleashed a stinging 20-yard winner to put them temporarily into fourth ahead of Arsenal, with the Gunners taking on QPR in the late game.

Tottenham's place in the top four was soon gone, though, with Theo Walcott's first-minute goal giving Arsenal a 1-0 win over QPR at Loftus Road.


Sunday's Premier League Fixtures

Liverpool vs Everton

Moyes wants Anfield result for Everton fans

Man United vs Chelsea

Fergie: Chelsea fans have eased off Benitez

Monday's Premier League Fixture

Sunderland vs Stoke

Saturday's Premier League Results

QPR 0-1 Arsenal

Wenger: Arsenal are up for the fight

Player Ratings

Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

Spurs are a one-man team, hints Pochettino

Player Ratings

Fulham 2-4 Reading

Jol calls for one last push from Fulham

Norwich 1-2 Aston Villa

Lambert lauds Villa's desire to survive

Swansea 0-0 Man City

Michu injury blow for Swansea

West Brom 2-3 Wigan

Martinez: Survival like winning the title

West Ham 0-0 Newcastle

Pardew unhappy with officials

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