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Barclays Premier League

 By James Dall

Flawed opponents Liverpool, Arsenal yearning for statement of intent

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Craig Burley and Stuart Holden are in agreement the pressure is piled on Liverpool ahead of their Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth, with a clash against Arsenal looming.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday
Man City vs. Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs. Man Utd
Hull vs. Swansea
QPR vs. West Brom
Southampton vs. Everton
Tottenham vs. Burnley
West Ham vs. Leicester

Sunday
Newcastle vs. Sunderland
Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Monday
Stoke vs. Chelsea

Weekend battle: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Liverpool face Arsenal on Sunday, the team they have been doing a very convincing imitation of this season: bark without the bite, an at-times invisible goalkeeper, lots of itty-bitty passing, injuries to key players, profligacy in front of goal, slapstick defending, style over substance and a manager who talks a good game...

Liverpool and Arsenal shun defensive midfielders; creativity over destruction

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson asseses Arsenal's defensive woes given all the injuries and the suspension to Calum Chambers.

The defensive midfielder is not a footballing dinosaur or dodo, a species consigned to extinction by the changing of the times. How could it be when Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is perhaps the most influential player of the season?

Yet it has no counterpart at two of the supposed elite: The defensive midfielder seems a dying breed at Liverpool and Arsenal. Matic highlights a philosophical divide in football. This summer Chelsea paid 21 million pounds to re-sign the man they sold for a sixth of that...

By ESPN Staff
about an hour ago

Lessons learned in the Premier League

The ESPN FC team give their picks ahead of week 17 in the Premier League and Steve Nicol does not stray away from a positive Liverpool result, while Tommy Smyth is not counting out Manchester United from title contention just yet.

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 By PA Sport

Pellegrini says Manchester CIty where they want to be at halfway point

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is facing a shortage of striker options for their match against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims it is too early to predict how Chelsea will fare over the reminder of the season.

Chelsea have a three-point lead over defending champions City at the top of the Premier League table and are rated as favourites for the crown.

But City, who face Crystal Palace on the weekend, trailed the Londoners by eight points just three weeks ago and have found form with seven successive wins in all competitions after a difficult spell in October and November.

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By ESPN Staff
3 hours ago

ESPN FC Extra Time: Terry the best centre back?

The ESPN FC team respond to your questions in regards to whether or not Raheem Sterling should leave Liverpool, FIFA's corruption and debate who is the best centre back in the world with John Terry, Medhi Benatia and Sergio Ramos all amongst the favourite

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