3rd placed Arsenal and 5th placed Liverpool are going to lock horns this Saturday (4-Apr-2015) with different high priority objectives. Both the teams are doing good since November 26th 2014: Arsenal won 21 of last 26 games (~81% win ratio), Liverpool lost only 4 of last 30 games (~13% lose ratio). With this form built up, Gunners are eying for Premier League runner-up spot after 9 seasons whereas Liverpool are targeting a consecutive champions league spot to strengthen their position among top teams.
Gunners are big match flops: Current 6 match winning streak leading to 3rd position has given Arsenal fans a pinch of faith to finish 2nd or to even contend for the title. Though league title is a long shot, premier league is loaded with the best of the best teams that Chelsea do have the risk of losing points drastically the end. But, Gunners won’t be happy to look at the following statistic. Arsenal have earned only 0.9 points/game against the top 8 teams vs. 2.55 points/game against the other 12 teams. They are yet to face Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. These 3 games are their trump cards. If Arsenal want to show the world that they are a dominant force, they have to prove that they could win these super big games at this crunch time.
Liverpool’s second half season stronger: In the last 5 seasons, Liverpool hasn’t qualified for Champions League for 4 consecutive years. It’s quite important for a club of Liverpool’s stature to continuously feature in the continent’s top competition. Having lost only 1 out of the last 14 league games, Liverpool recovered back strongly (winning only 6 games in the first 16 league games) after a dismal start to compete for the Champions League spot for a consecutive year. Reds earned 1.31 points/game in the first 16 league games whereas they earned 2.36 points/game in the rest of the games. This renewed spirit could help Kopites achieve their objective.
Big game bonus stat for the Reds: Liverpool scored high on games against the top 8 teams by earning 1.83 points/game which is twice as earned by Arsenal.
Gunners and Reds are contending to gain back their once dominant position in English football. Their contention could only be possible if Arsenal breaks into top 2 and if Liverpool sustains their Champions League qualification. With both teams having high stakes, this Saturday game is definitely a delight for every football fan in the planet. Happy footballing!
- Arsenal vs Liverpool: Champions League on the line? http://xtheline.co.uk/arsenal-vs-liverpool-champions-league-line/
- Qualifying For The Champions League Is Key For Liverpool’s Summer Plans http://www.rantsports.com/soccer/2015/03/31/qualifying-for-the-champions-league-is-key-for-liverpools-summer-plans/
- Premier League top four race made more urgent by UEFA http://www.givemesport.com/560775-premier-league-top-four-race-made-more-urgent-by-uefa