Footytubeblog 2 days ago
Liverpool v Manchester City
The match officials could be in for a busy afternoon at Anfield on Sunday, when the Liverpool and Manchester City attacks try to fire their teams to three precious Premier League points for different reasons.
Patience won't be a virtue as the Lancashire rivals go hell for leather for victory, City in an attempt to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to two points while the London club concentrate on the Capital One Cup final, and sixth-placed Liverpool in a bid to strengthen their claim for a Champions League place.
Brendan Rodgers' men are only three points behind third-placed Arsenal after a stunning run in which they have lost just once in 18 matches and won five of their last six games.
Their attack is purring nicely in the shape of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, but sometimes they are too quick for their own good and they have acquired a reputation for being caught offside frequently.
For example, in their 2-0 win at Aston Villa last month they were flagged five times - as they were in the corresponding fixture against City last April, which they won 3-2.
Manuel Pellegrini's side have also developed a recent trend for succumbing to the offside trap, being caught four times in the 4-1 romp at Stoke earlier this month and three apiece in the 1-1 home draw with Hull and at Chelsea.
The officials will therefore need to be on their guard for an encounter in which attacks have dominated in recent years, with a minimum of three goals having been scored in each of their last five meetings.
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Footytubeblog 1 week ago
Tottenham vs. West Ham
West Ham - thrashed 4-0 at West Brom in the FA Cup fifth round last weekend and slated by some of their fans afterwards - are sure to be fired up at Tottenham on Sunday, when they will be looking to disrupt the home side's fluid style by fair means or foul.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce will want to ensure there is no repeat of last Saturday's Hawthorns humiliation, especially as some supporters were calling for his sacking afterwards.
He is expected to have two key central defenders back after injury in Winston Reid and James Collins, which will allow Cheikhou Kouyate to return to midfield.
Adding extra spice to the occasion is speculation that Tottenham are keen to sign New Zealand international Reid, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Indeed, rivalry between these two London clubs appears to have moved on to a more feisty level of late, with the last two Premier League encounters between them producing a total of 48 fouls and three red cards.
Collins and Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton were sent off in Tottenham's 1-0 win at Upton Park in August, while Spurs centre-back Younes Kaboul saw red in the Hammers' 2-0 home victory in May.
With only five points separating sixth-placed Spurs and West Ham in eighth in the battle for Europa League places, White Hart Lane will be no place for the faint-hearted.
The clubs' combined fouls-per-game average in the Premier League this season of 24 looks sure to be exceeded.
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Footytubeblog 3 weeks ago
Tottenham v Arsenal
Tottenham's Harry Kane is the form striker of the Premier League at the moment and Arsenal are about to find out why.
The England Under-21 international boosted his goal tally for the season to 20 - 10 of which have come in the league - with a brace in last weekend's 3-0 romp at West Brom and in the process increased calls for him to be awarded a senior cap.
At the start of the season Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino mainly used the 21-year-old in his Europa League side, but he responded so well - scoring twice against AEL Limassol and grabbing a hat-trick against Asteras Tripoli - that the Argentinian was forced to consider him for the Premier League.
Since coming on as a second-half substitute and snatching a 90th minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in November, Kane has not looked back.
Promoted to the starting line-up at Hull, he netted the first goal in Spurs' 2-1 success and then produced probably the best performance of his career with a double in Tottenham's 5-3 rout of leaders Chelsea last month.
Then came those two goals at the Hawthorns last weekend and Kane has since been rewarded with a new five-and-a-half year contract.
Pochettino is not one to allow fame to go to Kane's head, though, and immediately after his double last weekend he challenged the striker to aim for 30 goals this season.
With in-form Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen providing the bullets for Kane to fire, that total seems well within his compass and the Arsenal defence - boosted by the signing of Brazilian Gabriel from Villarreal last week - will need to be on their guard to stop him.
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Footytubeblog 1 month ago
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Manchester City, five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, will be banking on star striker Sergio Aguero to ensure they don't fall further adrift.
An eight-point deficit at this stage of this season could mean curtains for City's title challenge, but there are few better players to have in your side when you need a goal than the prolific Argentinian international.
He has notched 14 league goals this term and is second only to Chelsea forward Diego Costa, who has netted three more, in the league's top scorers chart.
Furthermore, Aguero was on the mark for City in the corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge last term.
After Andre Schurrle broke the deadlock for Chelsea in the 33rd minute, the diminutive South American equalised in the 49th and that goal looked as though it would be enough to earn City a point - until Fernando Torres struck with a rare winner in the last minute.
City certainly need a win after successive 2-0 home losses - to Arsenal in the league and Championship side Middlesbrough last weekend in the FA Cup - and they will have had time to work the jetlag out of their system after a trip to Dubai that seemed to lead to their downfall against Boro.
They will face a Chelsea side who are bound to be exhausted after their efforts against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday night, which went to extra time.
Although the Blues reached the final 2-1 on aggregate by virtue of their 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in midweek, their defence looked vulnerable - as it did in the stunning 4-2 home defeat by League One Bradford City last weekend. Aguero will have taken note.
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Footytubeblog 1 month ago
Manchester City v Arsenal
With nine penalties between them this season and seven of them successful, there is a good chance either or both of Manchester City or Arsenal will be put on the spot again on Sunday and will once more find the target.
Indeed, four of the five spot kicks handed out to City this season have occurred at the Etihad Stadium, while two of the four that the Gunners have been awarded have been away from home.
The Africa Cup of Nations has presented City manager Manuel Pellegrini with the particular problem of who should take the Premier League champions' penalties in the absence of Yaya Toure, as the Ivory Coast midfielder has scored two of his seven goals from the penalty spot.
However, in Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and former England midfielder Frank Lampard, they have two players who have been prolific penalty-takers in their club and international careers, so there should be no worries on that score for City fans.
Backing second-placed City to convert a penalty at home against Arsenal at 5/1 would bring a nice return and boost their bid to catch Chelsea at the top of the table, after they fell two points behind the leaders following their 1-1 draw at Everton last time out.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's 3-0 home win over Stoke took them back into the top five and relieved some of the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger after the Gunners' 2-0 loss at Southampton on New Year's Day.
Santi Cazorla is Arsenal's best bet for a goal from the penalty spot, having scored all three of the Gunners' successful spot kicks in the Premier League this season.
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