Biggest game in English football dominates Premier League weekend

on 15.01.2016

With another fascinating weekend of Premier League action fast approaching, we bring you a preview of what’s on offer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 22, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard reacts after being fouled by Manchester United's Ander Herrera, but is amazingly shown the red card by referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The midweek fixtures offered up some memorable games of football, with Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal and Manchester United’s thriller of the same scoreline at Newcastle United both Premier League classics.

Sunday’s clash between England’s two most successful clubs is comfortably the standout match of the weekend, with the battle for a top-four finish becoming increasingly tight.

Showdowns between the two always offer up plenty of controversy, quality and talking points, and this should be no different.

It is one of 10 games that promises to entertain us over the next few days.

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Can the Reds End Louis van Gaal’s Reign?

Paul Dummett’s late equaliser for Newcastle on Tuesday evening was potentially another nail in Louis van Gaal’s coffin, and many feel defeat at Anfield could spell the end for the Dutchman.

Despite his side playing more expansively against the Magpies, there are still plenty of flaws within the team, and failure to qualify for the Champions League would be disastrous.

Jurgen Klopp will be buoyed by his team’s efforts against Arsenal, even if they did once again gift goals to the opposition.

The Reds will fancy their chances of defeating their arch-rivals United, although last season’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield was proof that the Red Devils are capable of upping their game on Merseyside.

Arsenal’s trip to Stoke City on Sunday afternoon is another fixture that stands out, and is sure to once again be a test of the Gunners’ title credentials.

The north Londoners do still have the feel of title favourites about them, and we will learn more about them following their tough trip to the Britannia Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur came crashing back down to earth on Wednesday in typical Tottenham fashion, losing 1-0 at home to Leicester City, and the visit of Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime is harder than it looks.

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The Black Cats won 4-2 at Swansea in midweek, and are showing signs of fight at the bottom of the table. Could in-form Jermain Defoe come back to haunt his former club at White Hart Lane?

Manchester City host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, in what could be an entertaining game, while Everton’s trip to Chelsea has more chance of being a bore draw.

Bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa welcome a reinvigorated Leicester side to Villa Park on Saturday evening, while struggling Swansea City host Watford on Monday Night.

The remaining matches see Bournemouth, Newcastle and Southampton play host to Norwich City, West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion, respectively.

There are intriguing match-ups everywhere you look.


Full Fixtures & UK TV Info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's new signing manager Jürgen Klopp and Kolo Toure after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham vs. Sunderland – White Hart Lane, Saturday 12:45pm, BT Sport 1

Bournemouth vs. Norwich – Dean Court, Saturday 3pm

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Chelsea vs. Everton – Stamford Bridge, Saturday 3pm

Man City vs. Crystal Palace – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Newcastle vs. West Ham – St James’ Park, Saturday 3pm

Southampton vs. West Brom – St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Aston Villa vs. Leicester City – Villa Park, Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1

Liverpool vs. Man United – Anfield, Sunday 2:05pm, Sky Sports 1

Stoke vs. Arsenal – Britannia Stadium, Sunday 4:15pm, Sky Sports 1

Swansea vs. Watford – Liberty Stadium, Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1


Fantasy Football Tips

Spurs’ clash with Sunderland should be interesting in terms of seeing how Mauricio Pochettino’s men bounce back from their aforementioned defeat to Leicester.

It is likely to be a low-scoring affair, and bringing Jan Vertonghen into your fantasy football team, instead of the more popular Toby Alderweireld, makes total sense. A clean sheet is likely.

Jamie Vardy has hit a bit of a dry spell in front of goal, but Leicester’s trip to Aston Villa represents a great chance for the Englishman to find his form again.

The 29-year-old will fancy his chances of running riot against Remi Garde’s susceptible back line, and if he hits his stride, he will score at least once.

Theo Walcott has been very much playing second fiddle to Olivier Giroud for Arsenal of late, with the Frenchman once again influential against Liverpool.

Walcott could play a pivotal role at Stoke on Sunday, however, with his pace on the counter-attack a potent weapon. It may well be his time to shine, in a game of huge importance to the Gunners.

Roberto Firmino finally showed what he is made of against Arsenal, scoring two excellent goals and producing a man-of-the-match performance.

The Brazilian looks to be something of a confidence player, and he will be a key figure against Man United. Get him in your team, as he has as good a chance as anyone of being the match-winner on the day.

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  1. Rodgers sacked after the derby, Maureen not long after we tonked them ,although I think legohead has been treated unfairly at the theatre of screams, will he be sacked or walk after Sunday because I’ve a good feeling we may give this lot a good hiding and draw level with them on points.

    Come on you redmen,

  2. In a way would LOVE to see a Liverpool win – am a die hard RED.

    However a draw isn’t the worst result especially if it keeps King Boring football in charge of the Mancs past Jan 31. That way a new manager will come in and NOT have a window to strengthen. Right now the United board refuse to back LVG in the market – rightly so we should have done the same with Bodgers.

    Either way Ill be happy. Happier if we spank them 4-1 again ;)

    • I’m not at all sure that many of us will be happy with a draw, personally I’d see that as a massive opportunity missed especially as (in my own opinion) United are there for the taking, even so this won’t be a stroll in the park and we need everyone at their best and even more importantly cut out the needless set pieces and individual errors. I’m not overly concerned about LVG’s future, I’d much rather see us kick on and make him and his club irrelevant..

  3. Well i pray that Ward get’s the nod over Mignolet. Iv heard that Ward did really well for Aberdeen (12 clean sheets). Mignolet is not having a good season, according to squawka he has an Avg of 1.20 goals conceded per game, has made just 1.26 saves for each of those goals conceded. In comparison Butland has a Avg of 1.05 goals conceded per game and makes 2.82 saves for each of those goals conceded. After finding this out i would be over the moon if we were to sign Butland.

      • For a GK he’s unbelievable with the ball at his feet and good/solid at most other things. I believe he would fit us like a glove.

      • Ter Stegen has had a great game with Barcelona again. He will get opportunities since the fans dont want him gone. Klopp should have made a move for him this January or maybe he did and got blocked by Barcelona. But signing him is a big ask for any club in the world. Butland is more realistic.

    • that i hope too, just fear that if he doesn´t do well he´s next for the slaughter, without the necessary time to settle and prove himself, the pressure on him is enormous, best of luck not to crack under that. important is that our defence has analysed the Arsenal game properly. with a good working midfield and a promising attack that´s the area that has to step up now. get that going and we will have a “W” added this weekend, maybe even a string of (i take “ugly” ones too btw). would have loved that against Arsenal but am happy with a “D” and that display of commitment and ability. want more..;)

      • We will see if the pressure of helping keep Aberdeen right on the heels of Celtic has proved good experience. Players coming to LFC need to relish playing under massive pressure. I watched Grujic’s 1st Liverpool interview on youtube and he said he needs pressure to get the best out of him and he looked absolutely convinced and unfazed about it – I thought perfect!!!

        • good point, if he´s prepared like that he already has one major attribute for a goalie ticked and one that can´t be trained really, just comes through experience. I didn´t check on Aberdeen but as their fans were quite sad to let him go he must have done something right. As for Grujic…the P in PL translates to pressure, he´s more than welcome :)

        • The pressure and PL experience factors are massively exaggerated by many fans. Good players will adapt no matter where they are from. Ward and Grujic seem to have a good mentality and I see them succeeding at LFC

    • It would be a massive call to start with Ward, baptisms of fire don’t come much bigger but you could argue it’s an even bigger call to persevere with Mignolet…

      • We threw Brad Jones into that baptism of fire, the guy had great hair it had to be said.

        If Kloppo does start Danny it’ll be a massive warning shot to everyone else in the team who thinks they can get away with not giving anything less than everything.

        Ward backwards is Draw as well, which is the worst result we will get with him between the posts, it’s his personal guarantee apparently (except when it isn’t).

        • I love your perspective of things, but aside from that, the rest of the team can only pick themselves up so many times when they work hard for a lead only to see an equaliser gifted back to the opposition, to their credit they picked themselves up three times against Arsenal, JK is definitely instilling the right mentality at the club, not just the team but the supporters as well..

  4. Roberto Firmino scores a wonderful hat-trick, three beauties each one better than the next. The LFC supporters go wild with excitement after each goal, at the end of the game the Anfield faithful burst into song: “Sacked in the morning, you’re getting sacked in the morning!!” at Louis van Gaal, who storms off swearing and gesturing at the crowd … taking exception to Louis’ very unsportsmanlike antics our Kenny leaps out of his seat and runs down to the side of the pitch and proceeds to give Van Gaal a right good thrashing, he lays into the demented Dutchman like Scotland’s answer to Bruce Lee, in a Liverpool shirt. It’s all brilliant stuff. The police fall about laughing because no one is gonna arrest our Kenny, in fact they shake his hand after he’s done with loopy Louis. The players leave the pitch to the sounds of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” ringing in their ears. Klopp gives each one of his players his usual great big hug, then he laughs at points at Louis the Lame lying on the ground, a beaten man still the manager of a beaten team.

  5. You can all see when the mancs come forward, their defence is vulnerable to counter attacks, that is why LVG doesn’t let them attack too much. Liverpool must get in the spaces around their defence, as we do in the big games, play around them…………….fast start and play Danny Ward who was the best keeper in the SPL.

    • I wish all our games with the Mancs could be evening kick-offs, Annie is always a bit more intimidating under the lights but the police would never sanction it..

      • On this particular occasion I am happy with the kick off time for very selfish reasons, it will finish approx 5pm here, and then a 2hr drive to watch the St Etienne v Scum derby match .
        Allez les Rouges, Allez les Verts.
        Two massive games.

        • I don’t know if I would prefer an emphatic victory which would be great, or a one goal very controversial win, which also brings it’s own pleasures in a strange sort of way, but I’ll gladly take either.

    • I propose that now be his official name… you can bet a few choice chants await from the stands on Sunday.

      Funny how his effort to attack one person as a show of superiority has absolutely rebounded on him, and achieved nothing but to further weaken his position – especially if/when opposition fans now jump all over it too.

      When Klopp is in the room, laughing usually signals laughing with him and enjoying his wit.

      The laughing in that room afterwards felt very much as if it was at LVG and not at Custis for getting burned.

    • Agreed. I can’t tell how this match will go but I just feel a different result this time around. Feels like the team’s finally got some character to it…don’t think United can afford to not bring it from the first minute with this one.

      Watching the replays we actually did quite well to get the draw against Arsenal despite making some mistakes.

  6. Klopp has an excellent record against top sides so I’m not sure how we’ll do this weekend. Its about time we started getting results against sh ite teams.

  7. whatever happens we must not lose on Sunday………NOT ACCEPTABLE.This is not just a game to us this world war 3

  8. If we can just be tight at the back (for a change) and don’t gift wrap a goal, I think we have got this covered. Had it not been for our porous defense, I would have bet on a pasting to ManU (which can still happen mind u)

    Would love to see a clean sheet for a change.

  9. This is d game which will define our season. No effing way would I want to see anything other than a win for Christ’s sake. It’s the BLOODY SCUMS!!! Whoop their ar** and send them to the shytehole from whence they can.

  10. This is one match… one match that i want us to go all out to whack them.!!!!..
    I really wish we will spank their a*se and send them back crying…..
    Klopp… i want to cheer and dance and jump… minimum of 5 times….; when u can do it 4x against city… I’m sure u can add one more towards this bloo*y scums….
    its anfield… so those who going there… please roar till the end….!!! lets bring the fear into them…
    Smallin escaped a red card in the match against Newcastle… and he said..”he will win against us”…. we will send u back before the game is over!!!!

    • Yes a difficult one, not a great deal of pleasure in seeing LVG sacked after a Reds victory, especially with Mourinho lurking in the background.

      • Pierre, I’m not sure that Mourinho would be that good for Utd, it’s mainly about Mourinho wherever he is and he spends really big which hopefully will be the last thing Utd need. Interesting one to watch unfold though.

  11. I must be getting old i do remember when liverpool v united was the biggest game in football
    Its still and always will be the biggest game for me the one i want to win but in terms of importance for the league those days are long gone
    Come on you mighty reds if we do not do anything this season lets at least shut the bloody mancs up

    • League positions for teams are transitory, yeah we ruled the roost for a couple of decades, so did utd, and neither team are there currently.
      That’s not to say that one day LFC and utd won’t be back up there one day fighting it out

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