14 March, 2014 - 13:18

Premier League fixtures: Manchester United v Liverpool, Tottenham v Arsenal

Manchester United against Liverpool clash at Old Trafford and the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal - Premier League matchday provides quite a few spectacles.

Manchester United vs Liverpool
This fixture has always been a landmark of British game regardless of the teams’ form and position. In the last decade Liverpool used to struggle outside the top four, but was never shy playing against arch-rivals from Manchester. Things have changed after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and it is United who have a point to prove this time around. They lie eleven points behind The Reds and have no other option but to win if they still hope to save the season and finish in the top four. David Moyes got a significant boost when Robin van Persie insisted he would be happy to see out his contract with the club and even stay longer, ending the rumours he had intention to leave in the summer. Liverpool have not had a match since 1 March, when they beat Southampton at St. Mary’s and all the players are fit for the clash, including Lucas Leiva, who had been injured for a long time. United won’t be able to use Jonny Evans, Chicharito and most probably Rafael. The Red Devils have won eight of their last nine games against Liverpool at Old Trafford, but will have to keep it safe at the back as The Reds have scored at least three goals in their last four Premier League matches.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
The two London teams have recently had rocky times and have been struck with injuries. Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday, and Spurs were well beaten by Benfica in the first leg of Europa League last 16. The Gunners only won one of their last four games in Premier League, but reached the FA Cup semifinals. The worst concern for Arsene Wenger is a list of injured players, including Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott who are ruled out of the derby and Yaya Sanogo, Nicklas Bendtner, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Kim Kallstrom all doubtful. Arsenal have not won at White Hart Lane in Premier League since 2007 and must break the run to stay in the title race. Tim Sherwood would like to rehabilitate after woeful defeats at Stamford Bridge and at home to Benfica but has concerns over availability of Kyle Walker, Sandro, Mousa Dembele, Michael Dawson, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela.

All fixtures:

Hull City vs Manchester City
Everton vs Cardiff City
Fulham vs Newcastle United
Southampton vs Norwich City
Stoke City vs West Ham United
Sunderland vs Crystal Palace
Swansea City vs West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

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Author: Leon Smolski

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