MANCHESTER UNITED V LIVERPOOL
This clash between the two most successful teams in England is considered by most to be one of the world’s greatest rivalries, yet it has lost some of its luster in recent years as United’s rise has eclipsed Liverpool. It remains a match circled on both teams’ calendars due to its history: you can be sure that this is one game Sir Alex Ferguson never wants to lose. Liverpool can throw a banana peel into United’s title hopes with a win at Old Trafford while the Red Devils can add to or pad their lead atop the table if they take all three points. One key man missing: Wayne Rooney, out injured for this tilt.
ARSENAL V MANCHESTER CITY
This is a game both teams desperately need to win. A loss here could see City fall ten full points behind arch-rivals United in the Premier League race, a nearly insurmountable gap with over half the season in the books. Struggling Arsenal also need a win to boost their fragile confidence and to have a hope at cracking the top four this season. City and Arsenal have both lost players to the African Cup of Nations, but City has been hit far harder, with the influential Yaya Toure unavailable. Also out for the Sky Blues is Sergio “Kun” Aguero, sidelined with a hamstring tear.
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