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MANCHESTER---Look out, Premier League:
Sergio Aguero is back to fitness, back scoring
goals and leading Manchester City s charge
to reel in Arsenal in the second half of the
After an injury-marred end to 2015, the
Argentina striker has been eased back into
prime shape in the last few weeks by City
manager Manuel Pellegrini, who stepped up
Aguero s playing time each game over the
Aguero, the Premier League s top scorer
last season, is starting to deliver once again,
either netting or assisting four of City s last
five goals. On Saturday, he marked his fourth
straight start with a stunning solo goal --- a
weaving run past three defenders before pok-
0 win over Norwich in the FA Cup.
Next for the player nicknamed "Kun" is
Everton in the Premier League tomorrow, one
of the standout games from a full midweek
program in England s top division.
"When Kun continues playing games and
playing more minutes, his performance always
improves after he comes back from a long
injury," Pellegrini said of Aguero, who missed
10 weeks of action from October to December
because of two separate injuries and is still
on 11 goals for the campaign.
"We know he is a top player and when he
continues playing, he will arrive at his normal
performance. When you have players as
important as Sergio it is very important for
their teammates, for the manager, for the
fans to see them playing every game because
he is a player that makes a difference."
Third-place City heads into the game at
Etihad Stadium a point behind Leicester and
three behind Arsenal in the league, after 20
of 38 matches. With Arsenal at Liverpool,
there is a real possibility the two leading title
contenders could be tied for points after
Wednesday s games.
City is in the midst of a heavy load of
Aguero back scoring, leading City's charge
matches: Seven games in 24 days across three com-
petitions. Because City is playing Everton in the two-
legged League Cup semifinals this month---Everton
won the first leg 2-1 on Wednesday---the teams are
meeting three times in three weeks. The second leg
of the semifinals is on January 27.
Here are some other things to look out for today
Manchester United may have won its last two games
to end an eight-match winless streak, but it hasn t
stopped the criticism from going manager Louis van
Gaal s way.
After the tepid 1-0 victory over third-tier club
Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday, former
United great Paul Scholes said: "Every time I come to
Old Trafford, it s negative football. Fans are bored, even
the players are bored, everyone s bored. You look at
the bench and Van Gaal looks bored as well."
Thousands of fans left Old Trafford before the end
of the third-round match, with United won courtesy
of an injury-time penalty by Wayne Rooney.
Today, United visits Newcastle, which is third from
last and has lost its last four games.
Liverpool had 12 players out injured for its 2-2 draw
against fourth-tier Exeter in the FA Cup on Friday, but
manager Juergen Klopp s problems have eased slightly
for the visit of the league leaders.
Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho are available again
to give Klopp two recognised center backs to select,
while midfielders Jordon Ibe, Jordan Henderson and
James Milner also have a chance to return to the squad.
"The situation now is better than it was two or three
days before," said Klopp, who is still without first-
choice players Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and
Martin Skrtel. Liverpool is in eighth place, 12 points
LONDON---English football s top sides were kept
apart in the draw for the fourth round of the FA
Cup yesterday, with Manchester United and defend-
ing champion Arsenal paired with second-tier oppo-
Arsenal---seeking a third straight FA Cup title---
will play at home to Burnley and United was pitted
away to Derby County, which is second in the League
Manchester City will be away at either fourth-tier
Wycombe Wanderers or relegation-threatened Premier
League side Aston Villa. Liverpool will host West
Ham if it gets past Exeter in a replay and Chelsea
was given an away match at either Northampton or
MK Dons, both lower-league teams.
Non-league Eastleigh, the lowest-ranked team left
in the draw, will be rewarded with a home match
against Leeds if it beats Bolton in a replay next week.
There is only one guaranteed all-Premier League
match-up: Crystal Palace vs. Stoke.
The fourth round takes place from January 29-
Big teams kept apart
in FA Cup draw
West Bromwich Albion/Bristol City vs Peterborough
Eastleigh/Bolton vs Leeds
Arsenal vs Burnley
Derby vs Manchester United
Huddersfield/Reading vs Walsall
Exeter/Liverpool vs West Ham
Wycombe/Aston Villa vs Manchester City
Shrewsbury vs Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest vs Watford
Carlisle/Yeovil vs Everton
Crystal Palace vs Stoke
Oxford vs Newport County/Blackburn
Ipswich/Portsmouth vs Bournemouth
Colchester vs Tottenham/Leicester
Bury/Bradford vs Hull
Northampton/MK Dons vs Chelsea
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