Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Match Preview: Arsenal v Liverpool

Liverpool will be looking to immediately bounce back from their defeat to United by picking up a point or three at the Emirates. If Liverpool lose and Manchester United win this weekend, it will mean that Henderson's men will be 8 points adrift and effectively out of the race for 4th spot. Losing is not an option, but with questions over Sturridge's fitness Liverpool will have to up their game.  There is no doubt in their determination of late and some may argue that their defeat to United is simply a short-term blip.

Arsenal will be looking to put their Champions League heartache behind them, by re-qualifying for next season, subject to a strong finish in the Premier League. But who can stop them from finishing in the Top 4? They have conceded less than a goal a game at home this season (11) and have scored the joint most number of goals (33) on their own turf in the Premier League. They are spoilt for choice when it comes to attackers and their defensive unit hasn't been that bad either.

I think this will be a close match. As it's a Saturday lunchtime kick off, there will be some weary legs just a few days after the international football "break". We can't take Liverpool for granted - after all, they have the fourth best away record in the Premier League this season. But if Sturridge is less than 70% fit (as I suspect), they could struggle. I think Liverpool could nick a 1-1 draw here, but in truth they need a win. In their haste and without Skrtel's presence they may become complacent at the back. It's in part due to this reason that Arsenal could win 2-1 with the in-form Giroud scoring or Sanchez rediscovering his form.

With the above in mind, I would recommend the following FanFeud picks for #ARSLIV:

Olivier Giroud
Alexis Sanchez
Mesut Ozil
Aaron Ramsey
Raheem Sterling

Have you made your picks yet?