Five EPL storylines to follow

City's striker dilemma and sad news for Aston Villa define the weekend

Updated: March 30, 2012, 2:25 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

After Monday's contentious 1-0 win against Fulham -- Michael Carrick did seem to trip Danny Murphy in the 89th minute for a fair penalty shot -- it was advantage: Manchester United in the hunt for the Premier League title. Combined with Manchester City's 1-1 draw at Stoke, United boosted its lead atop the division to three points.

City, though, is a virtual lock to nab three points this weekend while United faces a difficult away trip. Slumping Liverpool, meanwhile, needs ...

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