Sunday, November 12, 2006

Gooners vs Reds Preview

As the league leaders, ManYoo and Chelsea are threatening to pull away from the rest of the pack, the other two of the 'Big 4' will battle for precious points that will cut down the deficit and distance between them and the leaders. Due to a indifferent start to the season, Liverpool found themselves further down the table and are closer to last place Charlton than leaders, Man Utd.

Arsenal did gone through a rough patch at the start of the season as well, but fortune changed after defeating Man Utd 1-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season. All are going well until recently, they have once again plunged into confidence crisis and are struggling to find the net although chances are in abundance. Their inability to finish teams off are costing them a fortune. In fact, figures shows that Arsenal threw away the most number of points on average at the Emirates stadium. The grace period is over for the Gunners as they cannot afford to look for excuses like 'getting used to the stadium' anymore as the season comes to the midway point.

Both teams enjoyed their midweek Carling Cup ties with both team victor over their opponents. Liverpool overcame Birmingham whereas Arsenal dumped Everton out of the cup. The result is a change from what their crisis are as Liverpool finally won away from Anfield while Arsenal scoring seemed rare nowadays.

As season goes on, injuries start to mount. Liverpool will be without Malian midfielder, Momo Sissoko for this game as he will undergo surgery for his dislocated arm. Other than that, Rafa Benitez will have a almost full strength squad to pick from and God knows who will he pick this time round?

Arsenal meanwhile will be missing Freddie Ljungberg, Tomas Rosicky, Lauren, Julio Baptista and Abu Diaby for this match. Adebayor will likely be Henry's partner upfront as Wenger shifts Van Persie back to left midfield position, covering for Rosicky.

Both the teams know that this game is important. A loss here for anyside will be disastrous as the title challenge will be near impossible. Can Liverpool finally get something out of away games? Can Arsenal do the simple stuff and score goals? All shall be revealed tonight.

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