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Must-Wins for Liverpool, Arsenal This Weekend
RivalsDM, January 19th, 2007 4:53PM

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For neutrals, it's all about Liverpool-Chelsea at Anfield and Arsenal-Manchester United at Emirates Stadium in the Premiership this weekend. Man United and Chelsea are the EPL's top two teams with 57 and 51 points, respectively; it will be more important for them not to lose these tough away fixtures than to walk away with three points. For Liverpool and Arsenal, third and fourth in the standings, respectively, these are must-win games if either one wishes to keep its already slim hopes of lifting the league trophy alive.

Andy Gray of RivalsDM says the Arsenal-Manchester United game figures to be the more exciting of the two because of the open way the two teams play. Indeed, United and Arsenal have scored more goals than any other teams in the Premiership this season; the Red Devils plays with great thrust and power, while the Gunners' silky passing game is the envy of many teams across Europe. However, Arsenal sometimes suffers from a lack of killer instinct in front of goal, a problem that seldom plagues Man United.

As it's proved to be in the past, Liverpool-Chelsea figures to be a tighter game, one that usually comes down to mistakes, set pieces and tactics, although lately Liverpool has been sticking the ball in the back of the net with ease in the Premiership. Chelsea is coming off a 4-0 home victory against Wigan, thanks in large part to Arjen Robben. If he starts on the bench, don't expect too many fireworks from the Sky Blues. Wins for Liverpool and Arsenal would bring them to 46 and 45 points respectively, 11 and 12 points behind leader Man United. Read the original story...


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