EPL : Liverpool, Arsenal fight for top four credentials

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… As Wenger seeks revenge at Anfield

By Paul Erewuba

The English Premier League is heading for the wire with few matches to fight for. With 26 league games already played, the top four seem to be emerging.

Chelsea leads the pack with 63 points as against their chasers Tottenham who have 53 points. Manchester City who are third on the log will take on Sunderland, while Arsenal are fourth with 50 points and Liverpool trailing behind them with 49 points.

Indeed, the high point match this weekend is the encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal.

This match is special to fans of both clubs because it will definitely change the order of roll calls as the weeks progress.

No doubt, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will face a real test of the top four credentials today as they take on their Premier League rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Premier League watchers are of the opinion that the Gunners’ hopes of winning the EPL title are over for another season.

They are of the view that Arsenal’s hope at giving a trial to the title could only be achieved if there is a spectacular collapse by Chelsea.

Aside that, Arsenal’s Champions League qualification is still very much to play for.

On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have proved as inconsistent as they are thrilling, but have a fine record against top clubs at Anfield this season with wins against Tottenham and Manchester City as well as draws against Chelsea and Manchester United

Today’s encounter could well be a high-scoring match as well, with Arsenal seeking revenge after Liverpool won 4-3 at the Emirates on the opening day of the season.

Liverpool are looking to keep their title hopes alive after Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City.

The Reds were once tipped to be Chelsea’s closest competitors this season but now find themselves an incredible 14 points adrift of the Premier League leaders after Leicester’s hammering.

Liverpool have dropped out of the top four and their freefall will continue if sixth-place Manchester United win their game in hand.

But this game will definitely not be easy for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with Arsenal looking to prove a point after losing two of their last three league games.

The Gunners are one point ahead of Liverpool but have played one matchless and know a win will really boost their chances of a Champions League finish.

With his European adventure virtually over, the Frenchman will be hoping to restore confidence by getting some revenge.

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