With Manchester United facing a titanic clash with their fierce rivals this weekend all the talk is about whether David Moyes’s men can pip Liverpool to fourth place. With an eleven point gap and just ten games to go Manchester United’s chances of finishing fourth appear slim and they simply must defeat Liverpool this weekend to retain any hope.
But, even though Manchester United can directly affect Liverpool this Saturday, we believe that Arsenal will turn out to be the club most likely to be caught.
Arsenal aren’t exactly in a rut themselves – a 4-1 defeat of Everton in the cup over the weekend proves that they are in fine fettle – but the form of Liverpool is such that they will be looking up not down from now until May.
With City humiliated at the weekend and Chelsea winning without excelling, it’s Liverpool who are playing the most convincing football right now. Points wise they still have ground to make up but they are easily the best team on form. Liverpool are playing theer best football in years under Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool still have to play Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in their remaining ten games – but, of those, only the United game is away from home.
As for Arsenal, they have Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham away and Manchester City at The Emirates. With two more games planned in The FA Cup and at least one more in Europe, they also have a heavier workload between now and May. Both Liverpool and Arsenal sit on 59 points in the title race.
So, we believe that, while the chance of a top four finish remains very slim for Manchester United, they are more likely to catch Arsenal this season than Liverpool.
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