Arsenal visit Liverpool at the cauldron of Anfield

Arsenal visit Liverpool at the cauldron of Anfield

Arsenal visit Liverpool at the cauldron of Anfield

Another showdown looms, as embers are fanned in the Northwest tower of Liverpool.  A scintillating blockbuster awaits us this Sunday. But unlike last season when Liverpool whipped Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, a game that preceded the 8-2 mauling at the hands of Man United, tomorrow, no one knows how these two teams will fair in this weekend’s Main Show.

Two powerhouses but perennial underachievers lock horns at Anfield, as they try to not only banish their title chasing demons, but jumpstart their campaigns. On one hand, there’s a team whose defense has been capitulating almost at will, shipping in 5 goals in just two games. On the other hand, there’s a team that hasn’t figured out how to score a goal, or maybe Robin van Persie ran away with all the goal scoring boots.

The Merseysiders know they should have won against reigning champions Man City, during last weekend’s affair, were it not for some horrendous schoolboy mistakes by their rearguard. A repeat of the same and it will be back to the drawing board for the American owner. Brendan Rodgers’ side cannot afford another poor Anfield showing that was littered all over last season’s home campaign, a run that ensured the 18-time English Champions finished a lowly 8th spot.

The Reds may have nicked one past the Gunners during the transfer window, with Nuri Sahin opting for the Kop side instead of plying the London route, but the Kop Squad will be hoping that the Gunners’ cavalry keeps shooting blanks. However, if the Steven Gerrard-led titans believe they can annihilate their visitors, they need to note that Arsene Wenger’s men have kept a clean sheet in their last two opening games. The Gunners’ forward line may be misfiring, though new midfielder Santi Carzola has been a revelation, but the defense is still on point.

That’s right. Facing the likes of Stoke City and Sunderland may not have presented much of a challenge for Thomas Vermaelen and his defensive cohorts, but that’s not to say they aren’t up to the task of of putting shackles on tricky forward Luis Suarez and his strike partner Fabio Borini. The Fenway Sports Group owned Liverpool lie in 16th position, four behind their visitors, and for the two teams, their utmost priority will be to rise from their abyss in their quest for domestic and continental honors.

Will Liverpool marshal enough arsenals to jolt Wenger and the Emirates faithful into reality or will Arsenal turn the Liverpudlians into a merseyside delicacy as they face the Kop End? Only tomorrow can tell.

Southampton  vs Man Utd

Over to St. Mary’s and Man United are seeking their second consecutive win of the campaign against Southampton. The Red Devils had seemingly battered Fulham, only for Nemanja Vidic to score an own goal and ensure the Mancunians endured a nervy end to the game. Having noted how the newly promoted side did wonders against Man City in their opening match only to lose 3-2, Sir Alex Ferguson will be wary of facing the Saints at their home ground.

With talisman Wayne Rooney out, and with the defense still healing, this will present a tricky match for the Red Devils. Nevertheless, three points should be secured under lock and key, especially if Van Persie, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa can conjure a devastating form that puts the Saints to the sword.

 My prediction? Liverpool and Man United will win their respective matches.

 Sunday September 2nd

3:30pm  Liverpool – Arsenal, Anfield, SS3

6pm: Southampton – Man United, St. Mary’s, SS3

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