Tonight, Arsenal host Liverpool in an important game for the shape of the top 4. Liverpool are 1 point ahead of Arsenal and a win for either club will put them in 4th place. Let’s look at what could happen.
Arsenal Team News:
Arsenal are without Giroud, Ramsay and Cazorla with Wilshire expected to get the nod. Arsenal have escaped with 1-0 home wins in their last 2 games and have the worst record of the top six vs the top six. I would expect them to come out firing after losing 4-0 to Liverpool earlier in the season.
Liverpool Team News:
Matip, Moreno, Sturridge and Clyne are all unavailable so Liverpool will have to play an irregular back four. Liverpool ‘fab four’ are expected to play so goals are almost a guarantee in this match. Liverpool have the best record against the top 6 out of the top 6 in the league since Klopp’s appointment. However, they have been shakey recently but will have confidence after beating Bournemouth 4-0 (the same scoreline of the game between these clubs earlier in the season).
Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool
This year, 5 of the 16 qualifiers for the Champions League were English clubs. Liverpool, Man United, Man City and Tottenham topped their groups with Chelsea finishing as runners up. However, how likely is it that one of these teams to win the whole thing? Personally, I don’t think they will because:
• Tough possible last 16 draws: the clubs that have finished top do not have an easy last 16 ahead of them. Whilst clubs would hope to beat Porto, Shakhtar or Basel, they could face Bayern, Juventus or Real Madrid. Chelsea also have some tough possibilities.
• There aren’t enough world class players: There is no Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in the Premier League and that could be a factor. There is certainly some big talent in the clubs but I think that they will lack a world class player.
• Not enough experience: Man City reached the last 16 last year but aside from that, no one else made it to the knock out stages whilst only Tottenham were even in the groups. Unfortunately, it may be a while until one of these teams has the experience to win.
Sadly, I don’t think that an English team will win in Europe this year but I think that in the years to come, they can do it.
With some fiery attackers hitting the Prem at full pace, it will be a massive battle for the golden boot. New boy Mohamed Salah is showing his class with a higher shots on target than than the Spurs forward than last years winner Kane. Sergio Aguero is one behind them with 9 goals and there are a large pack on 8. Personally, I think that Harry Kane will win the golden boot because:
• He is the clubs main man- he doesn’t share many of his goals and is Tottenham’s main stirker.
• Good midfielders- Tottenham are quite a large club and have some quality in midfield to set Kane up.
• He has had the most shots – Kane has had the most shots with 54 and with that many shots, quite a few are sure to find the net.
Other than this, Sergio Aguero is quite injury prone and will miss goal opportunities because of this and Mo Salah has many upfield partners such as Firmino, Mane and Coutinho. As does Aguero and many others in the chasing pack but there are still many players who could win this award come the end of the season.
The Match started quickly with a try from Mike Brown in the 2nd Minuit after that is didn’t take long for Alex Lozowski to go over for his first international try at 10 mins, which wasn’t surprising with the run of form he is having.
But Samoa came right back in it from fancy offload from Piula Faasalele for Samoa to go over for there first try of the games making it 12-7 at 13 mins gone. 29 mins in and England and Ewels go over which means England have a 15 point lead with Ford clearing the conversion and a penalty earlier on in the game going into half time.
Nothing much happened for the start of the second half. Until a perfectly weighted pass from George Ford to Elliot Daily who had to beat three defenders and did so, meaning England were running away with the game. Another try came from Henry Slade running through a massive gap to go over making it 34-7.
Somoa having conceded and conceded wanted one back of there own with Chris Vui going over. Finishing the match Elliot Daily went over with an excellent run and Rokoduguni finishing with the final try of a game full of tries.
Arsenal have a recent run of form, with their match today at 7:45pm against Huddersfield, the gunners go in as favorites to head 4 points above spurs . But is it to late to try and win the title?
The first thing that will have to happen, for arsenal to win the title, is for the red hot leaders to slip up, allot. Manchester city are currently 5 points ahead of rivals united, with a game in hand.
The second thing is that they have to have a winning December. With matches against Man.United, Southampton and Liverpool during the Christmas month arsenal must hope for some festive goals from the star trio. Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette.
This is definitely one of the hardest PL seasons of the last couple of years with the top six spending a tone of money on top quality super stars. But can anyone challenge Man.City?
Cristiano Ronlado has recently been struggling to find the back of the net scoring only 2 goals in 9 games. This is even worse when compared to Lionel Messi who has scored 12 goals in 13 games.
This is very disappointing because we all know what the Portuguese striker can do. We all look forward to his final goal tally. (prediction 20 goals by the end of the season)
There were 4 games played yesterday and 6 more are set to be played today. I will look at what has and can happen.
With Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Leicester, they are in danger of plummeting down the table all the way to 7th with if Liverpool and Burnley both win today. Liverpool are away to Stoke and that could be a tough match. Burnley are away to 14th place Bournemouth witch, again, will be a tough game.
Arsenal are at home to Huddersfield and expect to win. Man City are at home to Southampton and also expect to win based on current form.
Man United beat Watford 4-2 away yesterday and are on the chase of Man City, but are 5 points behind after playing an extra game. Yesterday’s results were:
Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace
Leicester 2-1 Tottenham
West Brom 2-2 Newcastle
Watford 2-4 Man United
Alan Pardew has been confirmed as West Brom’s new coach after Tony Pulis was sacked on the 20th of November after a struggling to get results and now sit 16th in the table but could be overtaken by Everton, West Ham or Swansea so they could certainly be in he bottom 3.
Alan Pardew’s previous job was for Crystal Palace who will also be his first opponent for West Brom. Pardew will be looking to improve West Brom’s results and lead them safely away from relegation.
Last Weeks answer was ROTHERHAM! Congratulations to anyone who got the correct answer!
Can you guess this weeks club? (Hint: this is an American club)
Leave your answers in the comments below.
The answers to last weeks questions were:
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Philadelphia Eagles
Congratulations to anyone who got all of those correct.
This weeks questions are:
1. Who has won the most ‘World Darts’ championships?
2. Who won last years ‘World Snooker’ championship?
3. Who won last years Ryder Cup? (golf)
4. Who has won the most Olympic Gold Medals in history?
5. Who won the 2015 Champions League? (football)
Comment your answers in the comments below.