English Premier League, Week 35 Game of the Week

7 Apr

Recap: It seems like a long, long time ago when Arsenal once led the Premier League table. Everton thrashed the Gunners at Goodison Park 3-0, with goals by Nasmith, Lukaku, and an own goal by Mikel Arteta. Arsenal now has not won a single match since the March 16th 1-0 win over North London rival Tottenham.

This Week: 

Liverpool FC vs Manchester City FC

Liverpool FC vs Manchester City FC

Sunday, April 13th, 7:30am (CDT), Anfield

Why This Game is Intriguing: The hype leading up to this match cannot be overstated- this is THE match of the entire Premier League season. The outcome of this match most likely directly affects who ends up winning the league. Liverpool is in first place with 74 points in hand, Chelsea is in 2nd place with 72 points, and Manchester City is in 3rd place with 70 points- BUT, the Citizens have 2 more games to play than Liverpool or Chelsea because of postponed games earlier in the season. Essentially, and yes there are more games to play- particularly another major one between Liverpool and Chelsea also at Anfield- But I think if Manchester City wins this game, there is a very small chance Liverpool or Chelsea can catch up and beat City for the league title.

Other Reasons to Watch this Game: Form. Manchester City has 5 wins and 2 draws in its last 7 matches, including dominating efforts against Southampton, Manchester United, and Fulham. Liverpool has won its last 9 games in a row, including blow-out wins over Tottenham, Cardiff, Manchester United, Southampton, and Arsenal. This might be considered a stretch, but I believe we’ll be watching the 2 best players in the Premier League in this match: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure. Toure leads his club with 18 league goals to go along with 5 assists. Luis Suarez has 29 goals (leads the league) to go along with 11 assists. Despite the accolades of these 2 players, both are team first guys who leave it all on the pitch in order for their teams to win.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester City 3, Liverpool 2

Other Games this week worth Watching: Fulham vs Norwich, Manchester United vs Hull City, Southampton vs Cardiff, Stoke City vs Newcastle, Sunderland vs Everton, Swansea vs Chelsea

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