Footytubeblog 2 days ago
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Alexis Sanchez is one of the shining lights so far this season for Arsenal and his consistency in front of
goal has seen him ranked amongst the Premier League's leading scorers.
Sanchez heads into the game at Anfield third in the scoring charts with nine goals behind Sergio Aguero
and Diego Costa and there is little to suggest he will not add to his tally against Liverpool.
With Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck also a threat up front, Arsenal appear to be back on course after
a recent wobble - but the converse seems true about Liverpool.
Having to do without the likes of Luis Suarez this season will cause further envious glances from
Liverpool fans towards the Arsenal line-up which boasts, in Sanchez, a player allowed to leave Barcelona
to make room for former Liverpool striker Suarez.
The problems of managers Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger are all relative. Rodgers could be said to have the bigger crisis on his hands as his Liverpool side have slumped to 11th in the table compared to last season when they challenged for the Premier League title all the way to the
end of the season.
Having crashed out of the Champions League there are some even predicting a P45 for Rodgers along
with his Christmas card from John W Henry.
Wenger, by comparison, has guided his side to the last 16 of the Champions League even if defeat at
Stoke angered some of the Gunners faithful.
Successive wins over Galatasaray and Newcastle have silenced the dissenting voices for the time being.
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Footytubeblog 1 week ago
Arsenal vs. Newcastle
The driving runs of Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey have become synonymous with so much that is good about the latest version of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side.
Wenger stuck by Ramsey in the early years of the player's development with the Gunners when the more vocal amongst the Arsenal faithful were calling for the Frenchman to turn to more exotic options.
Now, when the chips are down for Wenger with fans even turning on the mercurial Frenchman, is the time for Ramsey to repay that faith.
Ramsey has scored three times in the Premier League this season, including once in last weekend's 3-‐2 defeat by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
He was also on target in the Champions League against Galatasaray in midweek, scoring twice in the 4-‐1 victory, the second a spectacular shot from 30 yards.
Following the defeat to Stoke, Wenger received support from the unlikeliest of sources when former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker leapt to his defence after he was verbally abused by Arsenal fans following the defeat at Stoke.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows what it is like to suffer the wrath of his own club's fans after taking on the thankless task of running a club owned by Mike Ashley.
Wenger is unlikely to receive any sympathy from Pardew ahead of the game, though, but few know better how fickle fans can be than the Newcastle boss.
He can go into the visit to the Emirates on a high after a 2-‐1 home win last weekend ended Chelsea's unbeaten run in the Premier League this season.
Pardew's side came in for criticism from Blues boss Jose Mourinho for "time-‐wasting" against Chelsea, but don't be surprised to see ... MORE
Footytubeblog 2 weeks ago
Manchester City v Everton
Sergio Aguero's goals have almost single-handedly kept Manchester City's title defence on course this season.
An inconsistent start to the Premier League campaign has seen Manuel Pellegrini's side struggle to match the early pace set by Chelsea.
Dropping points to the likes of West Ham and QPR in recent fixtures ramped up the pressure at the Etihad Stadium, and speculation mounted about the future of Pellegrini.
At least the form of Aguero has allowed the Chilean to take a little solace while all around him have been waiting for the owners to press the panic button.
The mood at City has not been helped by all-too-familiar struggles in the Champions League, but when the chips were down, Aguero fired in a hat-trick to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.
The Argentinian has been just as prolific in the Premier League, claiming all four goals in a 4-1 demolition of Tottenham and a brace against QPR.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is still searching for the consistency his side need to show if they are to qualify for the Europa League for the second season in succession.
What Martinez will require against Aguero is a solid performance from his defensive unit and England defender Phil Jagielka epitomizes the sort of character the Spaniard will be seeking.
Jagielka has been a reliable presence for the Merseyside club, with his displays in the Premier League lifting him near the top of the form table.
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Footytubeblog 3 weeks ago
Ronald Koeman forged his name as a player with Barcelona and Holland as a no nonsense midfielder but it is for his tactical nous that he has so far shone from the dugout with Southampton.
The task facing his second-placed Saints is shutting out Manchester City and adding to the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini and his star-studded line-up of big money international signings.
Pellegrini has continued to splash the cash whereas Koeman saw some of the biggest names at St Mary’s head through the exit door in the summer after agreeing to succeed Mauricio Pochettino following his move to Tottenham.
If City are to break down Southampton’s resolute defence which has conceded just six goals in 12 games this season they will look to the prolific talents of Sergio Aguero.
The Argentinian hitman has contributed half of his team’s 24 goals this campaign and looked one of the best strikers in the world as he grabbed a hat-trick in City's dramatic Champions League 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday. However, even he is sure to be tested by a Saints defence that has played a big part in propelling the team to second in the table.
Nathaniel Clyne’s form has earned him recognition with the England senior side - and an equalising goal at Aston Villa on Monday. His international team-mate Fraser Forster has seven clean sheets in 12 appearances for his club in the Premier League.
Forster will have to be at his best against Aguero in a season when City’s league exploits have gone a little way to make up for their previously lacklustre displays in the Champions League.
But Tuesday's victory could be a turning point for City while, for Koeman and his players, blunting the talents of Aguero and downing ... MORE
Footytubeblog 1 month ago
Can United’s defenders stop Alexis in the box?
Alexis Sanchez is ranked third in Premier League scorers this season and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be keen to see the Chilean forward kept out of the penalty area. Alexis lines up for the Gunners for the first time when United are the opponents in the Saturday evening kick-off at the Emirates.
The Chilean has netted all eight of his Premier League goals from inside the area this season so Van Gaal will know it is paramount for his defenders to be on top form against a player who cost £30million when the Gunners signed him from Barcelona in the summer.
Alexis has been in particularly good form against the struggling sides with four of his goals coming in games against Burnley, when he scored twice, Leicester and Hull.
He did not score against leaders Chelsea so keeping him blank for the day will be a measure of how far United have come after a difficult start under Van Gaal.
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England strikers Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney face each other after both were in scoring form for England during the international break, Welbeck netting twice in the 3-1 win over Slovenia in the European Championship qualifier at Wembley.
Rooney was also on the scoresheet in that game and netted a brace of his own as England won 3-1 again in midweek, this time against old enemies Scotland in a friendly at Celtic Park.
But it is their form for their club sides which will be of more concern to respective club managers Arsene Wenger ... MORE