More than half of the English Premier League season is done with – and it has been a proper rollercoaster for the whole five months. Now while the element of surprise isn’t exactly a factor anymore, the competition has only gotten more intense. Let’s take a look at two of the most interesting matches happening on top of the League Table this week!
Will Liverpool Make The Gunners See Red?
For these two teams, the first PL match ended in a draw with no goals scored by either side. As they played in Week 3 there was more than enough time for things to change. Currently, Arsenal is leading the League while the Reds are continually riddled with injuries and even Klopp’s magic doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference anymore.
While the injury crisis certainly didn’t start this week for Liverpool, it’s still just as difficult for the squad to go into a tough game with 11 players on bench duty. With Jordon Ibe, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, and Daniel Sturridge out for the upcoming clash, it’s not going to be easy – but at least the top goalscorer Christian Benteke is healthy, and the transfer window is open until February 1st.
So even though the situation is rather difficult at the time, Klopp can finally begin signing his own players. He’s also revealed that Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure could be able to help during the match against Arsenal, and the goalie Danny Ward has been recalled from Aberdeen after 12 clean sheets in 29 appearances.
Even though that may make the situation seem much more favourable to the Reds, the Gunners are on a definite raise right now. Yes, they did lose 0:4 to Southampton on the 26th, but they got back to the #1 position immediately after and it’s no wonder that the TonyBet bookie gave them the odds of 27/20 at a win against the 39/20 that Liverpool got.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are dealing with Alexis Sanchez‘s injury, however, their combination of Olivier Giroud with 10 goals, the unstoppable Mesut Ozil with 16 assists and Petr Cech with nine clean sheets is a solid core that the whole team can build on. Liverpool will be hard-pressed to overcome a challenge like that!
Second Shot: Can The Foxes Outrun The Spurs?
These two teams have already met each other twice in the season of 15/16: the first time was a 1:1 draw in Week 3 of PL, and the second – a 2:2 draw in the third round of FA Cup just a few days ago. The TonyBet bookies think this third try may very well end in a victory for Tottenham, giving them the odds of 7/10 against Leicester’s 81/20.
Leicester City is currently occupying the #2 spot at the League Table, even though their last three matches in the League were a loss and two consecutive draws. Still, that was done with Jamie Vardy battling injuries and illnesses, and he is often considered as being one of the main reasons of the wild success that the Foxes are enjoying.
Now Tottenham is not doing just as well as Leicester is, although four consecutive weeks at the #4 position can hardly be considered as a weak result. However, it may prove rather impossible to climb up any further – even three wins in a row followed by a draw didn’t help, so this week’s win would be brilliant, and it’s achievable, too, what with the squad being rather healthy and Harry Kane leading with the scoring.
20 weeks of the Barclays Premier League are over, and predictions aren’t getting any easier to make. With the point difference on top of the Table being really rather miniscule, every game is important for every team – even the leading Arsenal, Leicester, and Man City. Everything depends on the lads – so tune in and see them run and fight!