Soccer Weekends on ESPN STAR Sports

New Delhi, October 21, 2005: English Premier League is at its competitive best for a long time with more than a handful teams making impact early in the season. Only 8 points separate 11 teams with Chelsea emerging the leaders. Soccer action reaches its high with the English clubs running neck to neck in the world?s best football league live & exclusive on ESPN STAR Sports? Soccer Weekends.

Manchester United, are sitting pretty at the third spot with a match in hand to Tottenham Hotspur and will be facing them in an intense duel for the second spot in the league on Saturday. The spurs have showcased prime form to reach the second spot with their latest sensation Jeraime Defoe and new signing Jeraime Jenas proving class acts. Meanwhile, United has struggled to get on with out Wayne Rooney and will be hoping for a superlative performance by their teenage prodigy.

Liverpool looks ahead to their trip to London to play against Fulham who have failed to get on this season with a single win in nine matches. With Djibril Cisse finding the touch for Rafeal Benitez?s side, the UEFA Champions will be looking to join Arsenal with 13 points in eight games.

In other matches, Birmingham City plays away to Blackburn rovers with City looking for a win to move out of relegation zone. Portsmouth host the high flying Charlton and on Sunday, West Bromwich Albion after their success against Arsenal visit Bolton.

In the Spanish Primera Liga, struggling Champions Barcelona take on confident and second placed Osasuna on Sunday in a must win situation for the Catalans.

The schedule is as follows:

English Premier League

Date Fixture Time Channel
22 Oct 05 Blackburn Rovers Vs Birmingham City (L) 17:10 ESPN
22 Oct 05 Manchester United Vs. Tottenham Hotspur (L) 19:25 ESPN
22 Oct 05 Fulham Vs. Liverpool (S) 21:30 STAR Sports
22 Oct 05 Portsmouth Vs. Charlton Athletic (L) 21:40 ESPN
23Oct 05 Bolton Wanderers Vs. West Bromwich Albion (L) 21:30 ESPN

India Time. Schedule subject to change; L: LIVE. S: Same day delayed.

Spanish Primera Liga

Date Fixture Time Channel
23 Oct 05 Barcelona Vs. Osasuna (S) 23:30 ESPN

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