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
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.
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?
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.
This weekend, each team has fought hard to earn their points and some matches had a dramatic impact on the table. Here are the results:
West Ham 1-1 Leicester
Man United 1-0 Brighton
Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke
Tottenham 1-1 West Brom
Swansea 0-0 Bournemouth
Newcastle 0-3 Watford
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Southampton 4-1 Everton
Burnley 0-1 Arsenal
Huddersfield 1-2 Man City
Arsenal now leapfrog Tottenham, Liverpool and are now just 1 point behind Chelsea after a win against Burnley. This came with a very late Alexis Sanchez penalty whereas Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea only picked up a draw. Man City avoided a potential shock after being down 1-0 at half time but came back to win. Everton are struggling after a 4-1 defeat and are now 16th in the table. Man United scored a late winner and the table now looks like this.
Today, Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. With these two London rivals fighting for a top four position, it is definitely going to be an important game.
Arsenal Team News:
Arsenal are doing well with injuries as only Olivier Giroud is set to be out (other than Santi Cazorla). However, they would expect to be doing slightly better in the league so far and they should play attacking football as a win would be huge for them.
Tottenham Team News:
With Harry Kane set to be back and Hugo Lloris and Delli Ali doing well with their injuries, Tottenham only have Toby Alderweireld and Eric Lamela the only players missing from their 1st team. With Man United and City doing well above them, they will definitely be playing for the win.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Tottenham
Man Untied looked extremely promising at the start of the season but recently their form has dropped compered to rivals Man City. With 2 draws and 2 loses can man united brick it back to take the premier league title.
Jose Mourinho has a habit of winning titles in his second year. Hopefully he will continue with this habit.
I think that Man United have the talent, the players and the Special one (Jose Mourinho). If they can continue through the season without any injuries they have everything to play for.
Since Man City have had an unbeaten start to the season, it has aroused the question, will they go invincible? They have currently won 10 and drew 1 whilst already beaten top teams such as Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. Who can stop them?
Personally, I think that they will not complete this feat for the following reasons:
- Arsenal had less competition – back in the day, you had to be a big team to come anywhere close to wining the league, whereas now, anyone can (look at Leicester). This mean that any team can now win any game.
- Injury Prone Aguero – Aguero had already been injured this season and has recently fainted in Argentina. While Jesus is not a bad replacement by any means, he is not the same class as Aguero which may show in some big games.
- Luck – Even a massive Arsenal fan would have to admit that incredible luck was very much needed. It may be that City just wont have the luck.
I do think that Man City will win the tittle this year but I don’t think that the invincibles will be a reality. What do you think?
Slaven Bilic was sacked by West Ham today after a poor start to the season. On Sunday, they lost 4-1 to Liverpool and the defeat left them 18th in the table with only 9 points. West Ham are clearly looking for some more results…
David Moyes has held talks over the West Ham job, however, it may be a risk appointing him since his last Premier League job was at Man United, which did not go well.
Who do you think will take the West Ham job next?