Liverpool vs Arsenal preview

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Looking to bounce back

Liverpool aim to reach the dizzy heights of the top of the Premier League tonight if they can clinch either a win or draw against Arsenal at Anfield

The Scousers can leapfrog above fierce rivals Manchester United for at least 24 hours if they get a result, to put added pressure on the holders as the battle to win the prestigious title hots up. Arsenal will be desperate to ensure they get a place in next year’s Champions League and they still need seven points from their remaining six matches.

The teams will be searching for a win after both suffered heartache from Chelsea last week, denying them a chance to win some silverware. Liverpool were pipped at the post during their thrilling 4-4 second round tie of the Champions League a week ago and Arsenal were beat 2-1 in the semi finals of the FA Cup at Wembley at the weekend.

Both teams have an impressive run of form, Liverpool are unbeaten at home in their last 27 league matches but Arsenal have not lost home or away in their last 18 Premiership games, winning 10 and drawing 8; their best record since 2003-4 when the ‘invincibles’ went through the season unbeaten.

It is set to be an interesting match as Arsenal have only conceded five goals in 2009, but Liverpool have the top scorers in the Premier League, which Arsenal will want to put a stop to. The last three league meetings between the two teams have ended 1-1, but the home side will not settle for a draw as they are desperate to deny Manchester United the chance of matching their 18 championship crowns. Liverpool will want to clinch their 19th title win, an honour they haven’t managed in 19 years.

Liverpool are still without skipper and the clubs top scorer in this competition, Steven Gerrard who has been told he needs another seven to ten days to recover from his groin injury. Liverpool are predicted to stick with the team that were sensationally knocked out of the Champions League last week.

Arsenal will be without Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Abebayor leaving a dent in the Gunner’s strikeforce.

As the Premier League reaches an exciting climax, every game will have the tension and electric atmosphere of a cup final. Arsenal may not be title winners this season, but the team does have a major say on the final position as they still have to face the top three teams in the next six matches. The race for the top is very much on and after Liverpool’s Champions League match, we know that they will not give up the fight until the very end and will keep every football fan on the edge of their seat.

Liverpool have had a week’s rest whereas Arsenal played a tough game at the weekend, it will be a close call but with the ever vocal Liverpool crowd, I think Liverpool will just edge a victory.

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  • rob pullinger

    2-0 to the scouse………….and know gerrard

  • Tef1on

    You’ll never beat the Arsenal!

  • Nick

    I think it will be a good game with Liverpool just nicking a result

  • Darren

    i predict a 4-4 classic with Arsenal taking a 2-0 lead

  • Matt Quinn

    Come on the Pool…. 4th place is Villa’s.

  • Darren

    Inter Toto is where Villa are heading! Should of kept Marlon Harewood!!

  • dexylongshot

    Ahh. mighty Marlon, his best day at Villa Park was in The FA cup semis 3 years ago against Boro!
    Fancy the draw tonight, 1-1. I wonder if Nasri and Shav will start?

  • Tef1on

    Dexy… I was appalled at Wengers selection on Saturday with him leaving both of them out but playing unfit RVP. I hope he has learnt his lesson for tonight!

  • Darren

    Can Jamie Redknapp please stop licking Steven Gerrards arse, it’s highly embarrassing!!

    0-1 half time. Come on you Gunners!!

  • Tef1on

    good call darren! 4-4

  • Darren

    tell me about it! What a game. Ashavin, what a signing!

    If we had 2 world class centre backs we’d be the best team in Europe.

    Best Premier League game in a very long time.

  • dexylongshot

    I can’t believe i missed it, (another story), Checked the result at midnight was proper gutted. Not only the best game seen since last week but Darren got it spot on with 4-4 & I didn’t put the longshot on. Another £500 gone beggin! I reckon he has had his mucky dabs on my secret crystal ball.

  • Tef1on

    500-1 the odds for a 4-4 game. London Lite says its the biggest payout ever with them loosing £500,000 to 500 odd punters.

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