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2012 Premier League Picks: Liverpool vs. Arsenal Match Preview 9/2/12

Liverpool vs. Arsenal Match Prediction: Offensive Woes To Continue For Reds and Gunners: English Premier League action continues on Sunday for a tea time tussle at Anfield, and we are set to make our soccer tips and predictions for the clash on the pitch between Liverpool and Arsenal.

A quick look at the Premier League table shows that both of these teams are in sad shape at the outset of the year. The Gunners haven’t seen their first goal scored or their first goal conceded this year, thus have two points in two fixtures, while Liverpool has just a single point to show for its first two matches. Obviously, neither of these two teams has to be happy with the start to the season, but both are going to have better results as the year goes on. Still, the prospects of being stuck at the bottom of the table even 10% into the season has to be concerning for both teams.

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Liverpool vs. Arsenal Schedule and Match Information
Liverpool vs. Arsenal Match Date/Time: Sunday, September 2nd, 8:30 a.m. (ET)
Liverpool vs. Arsenal Stadium: Anfield
Liverpool vs. Arsenal on TV: FOX Soccer Channel
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Liverpool vs. Arsenal Match Odds: Liverpool -0.5 (+100)
Liverpool vs. Arsenal Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -107)

It wasn’t the greatest transfer season for the Reds, knowing that they lost out on just about every major signing that they were trying for. Even right up to the last moment, Liverpool had to think that it was going to be able to land Clint Dempsey, but instead, it was Tottenham Hotspur that ultimately landed the American striker. Andy Carroll was sent out on loan to West Ham United, and that was a move that really left the squad significantly thinner than it was before. Luis Suarez has been the most creative man, of the bunch for the Reds, accounting for 13 shots in two matches, but in the end, he has only found the back of the net once, and no one else has really showed that much creativity up front. Steven Gerrard is still the catalyst of the bunch in the midfield, and he has played well, but again, he hasn’t found the back of the net and just hasn’t really been all that much of a threat either.

The Gunners have had even less luck over the course of the first two matches of the Premier League season. They have yet to find the back of the net as a team, and they really haven’t had much to be happy about. Arsenal clearly hasn’t recovered from the loss of Robin van Persie, and Lukas Podolski really has to figure out how to be a force at the top of the lineup, or this is going to be a struggle of a season. The team had all of the chances against Stoke City in the second match of the year, but there wasn’t a conversion. The Gunners had a frustrating day at the transfer deadline as well, losing Nicklas Bendter to Juventes on loan and failing to snare Michael Essien from rivals, Chelsea at the end to Real Madrid. Keep an eye at the back for Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny should be back in the fold, but it is definitely up in in the air as to whether keeper Wojciech Szczeny will be in the Starting XI. If he misses out with his rib injury, it will be his second straight missed start.

Liverpool vs. Arsenal Match Preview & Analysis: This just doesn’t look all that promising for either one of these teams. What is lost in this mix is that both of these squads are very strong defensively, and that might cause both of these struggling offenses to have more problems. Sure, we see all of the great names in offense between these two teams, but we just don’t see even two goals coming from it, let alone the three required to push this one past the number.

Liverpool vs. Arsenal Punting Tip: Under 2.5 (-113) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Liverpool vs. Arsenal Score Prediction: Liverpool 1 – Arsenal 0

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2012 Premier League Picks: Arsenal vs. Sunderland Match Preview 8/18/12

Arsenal vs. Sunderland Match Prediction: Black Cats To Steal Point At Emirates: The time is here for the 2012 English Premier League season, as the first match day of the season kicks off on Saturday afternoon with a great slate of fixtures. ESPN and ESPN3.com are going to start their broadcasts of the Premier League on TV this week with a great clash at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsenal dukes it out with Sunderland.

It could be a relatively frustrating season for both the Gunners and the Black Cats. Arsenal was able to finish third last year on the Premiership table, but it was nowhere near as good as the two teams from Manchester. With seemingly no hope of catching either Man U or Man City in the long run, Arsenal knows that it has to build towards another run at the Champions League in 2012. Sunderland knows that it doesn’t have all that much in the way of a future in European competition without a remarkable run, and for a team that has been mired in the middle of the table, that just isn’t likely to happen. This is a crucial match at the outset of the year for both teams, as it is one that Arsenal should be comfortably winning, while it is one that Sunderland would be thrilled to get a point out of to get its campaign off on the right foot.

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Arsenal vs. Sunderland Schedule and Match Information
Arsenal vs. Sunderland Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 18th, 10:00 a.m. (ET)
Arsenal vs. Sunderland Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal vs. Sunderland on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com
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Arsenal vs. Sunderland Match Odds: Arsenal -1 (-145)
Arsenal vs. Sunderland Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -132)

Of course, all eyes are going to be up front for Arsenal, where fans of the Gunners are no longer going to be seeing the great Robin van Persie. Van Persie spent part of last season out injured, and during that time, he assessed that the club wasn’t going in a direction that he was all that proud of. Now, he’s with Arsenal’s rivals in Manchester United, and there is a massive hole to be filled as a result. Lukas Podolski is going to be the man that has to take the lead and become one of the team’s best strikers, but the question is still there as to whether or not this is going to be a team that has the ability to compete at the top of the Premier League table this year. Longtime Manager Arsene Wenger knows that he has talent, but a lot of that talent is raw, and he has done as much as admit that this is going to be a season about building towards the future of the soccer program in London. Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain are both out of the fold for the Gunners as well.

In spite of the fact that Sunderland only scored 19 goals for the whole season on the road, there is still some confidence that this could be another year of survival. The Black Cats might be on the path to relegation this year if they don’t get some great contributions from newcomer Louis Saha up front. Sunderland had plenty of scoring potential last season, but in the end, just 45 goals didn’t cut it, especially when compared to the 46 or the relegated Bolton Wanderers and the 38 of the relegated Blackburn Rovers. Phil Bardsley will miss his first of what could be a number of Premier League matches, but James McClean is going to be out there in hopes of getting a great second season in for the Black Cats.

Arsenal vs. Sunderland Match Preview & Analysis: We really don’t have a heck of a lot of confidence in Sunderland’s ability to compete in this match, but the problem that we have with the Gunners is that we don’t think all that much of them either. We’ll take the goal on our side for now and hope that somehow, the Black Cats can find the back of the net. If they do, they should be golden, as we don’t really know if Arsenal has the ability to get more than one in the back of the net against a team that allowed just a shade over a goal per game last season, especially with van Persie now donning Manchester United colors.

Arsenal vs. Sunderland Punting Tip: Sunderland +1 (+120) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Arsenal vs. Sunderland Score Prediction: Arsenal 1 – Sunderland 1

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Chelsea FC vs. Arsenal FC: English Premier League Scores, Tips 10/29/11

Normally speaking, when Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC get it on, there is a heck of a lot of hype surrounding the Premier League scores for the game. Though this is going to be a heated battle on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, there is a sense that, at best, these two are competing to be the best team in England outside of the city of Manchester, as both Manchester United and Manchester City are clearly head and shoulders above the pack.

For Chelsea, it is sitting in a comfortable third place on the Premier League table, and there is really no doubt that it is going to be competing in the Champions League again next season. That being said, the Blues are also only a point off of the pace of Manchester United for second, but they have already been smashed by the Red Devils once this season.

The Blues suffered a defeat that they probably won’t live down last week on the Premier League scores, as they were beaten 1-0 against Queens Park Rangers in a match that should have been relatively easy for a road fixture. For a team that is blowing through its first round of Champions League action and is already into the fifth round of the Carling Cup, the defeat was a shock, as it was just the first setback of the season not against Man U.

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There is no doubt that this team is good enough to knock off anyone and everyone in England, especially here at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard already has four goals this year, as does Daniel Sturridge. Petr Cech, now totally healthy after missing a few weeks with a training knock two months ago, is still one of the best goalies in the world, and in spite of all of the off the field questions revolving around John Terry, he is still a fantastic captain of this team and is one of the best defenders in the game today.

The Gunners were probably left for dead a few weeks ago, but they have almost eerily quietly rebounded to get back within just a few points of European contention for next season. Since a vicious 8-2 thrashing at Old Trafford, Arsenal has played tremendously better football, beating Swansea City, Bolton, Sunderland, and Stoke to reach 13 points on the campaign. There is no longer a fear of relegation, and there is even a renewed sense that perhaps a deep run in the Champions League could come as well.

Thus far in three fixtures in the UCL, the Gunners have themselves seven points, including a tremendous road victory at Olympique Marseille last week.

Robin Van Persie has been in fine form as well in recent weeks. He netted a two bagger against Stoke City in a game in which he was used off of the bench in more of a gut shot call by Manager Arsene Wenger, which now gives him a tremendous seven goals in 10 fixtures in the Premier League schedule.

These two teams have understandably played each other quite a bit in recent years in cup matches and domestically. The home team won both meetings last year, with Arsenal winning 3-1 at the Emirates and Chelsea winning 2-0 here at Stamford Bridge. In 2009 though, the Blues swept this series, outscoring Arsenal 5-0 in the two games in the process. The last win for the Gunners on the road in this series came by the count of 2-1 in November 2008.

We’re fully prepared to make our Premier League tips on Arsenal in this one. It is catching a full goal on the Premier League odds, and we would even fancy in its form, that it has a decent chance of cashing the 5 to 1 odds that it can take all three points from this match.

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Answer To Arsenal FC Problems Not To Sack Arsene Wenger

Has the time come for Arsenal Football Club to sack Arsene Wenger? Many feel as though the time might be here for a change of the guard at Arsenal, but we are here to issue a warning to all of the Gunners out there: To fire Arsene Wenger would be a huge mistake.

Wenger has had himself a fantastic career with the Gunners, including running through a complete undefeated season in the Premier League table, something that had only happened one time since 1889. Of course, that year was a remarkable season with names like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, and Jens Lehman.

Alas, right away, we might be finding a part of the problem. The first three names that we listed all have one thing in common: They’re all French, just like Wenger. France’s soccer team, after finishing as a runner up in the 2006 World Cup, only qualified for the 2010 World Cup thanks to an Henry handball in the box to score a goal against Ireland, and even then, it was knocked out of the World Cup after going 0-1-2 in the group stage in South Africa.

Simply put, once the likes of Vieira, Pires, and Henry got too old to be able to be dominating on the international scene, so too went the chances of Arsenal truly being a competitive side in the Premier League.

This isn’t like what happened with Liverpool over the course of the last few seasons. That last positive thing that we heard from former skipper Rafael Benitez was winning the Championship League, including winning that epic 3-3 match in penalties against AC Milan in the finale. However, since that point, Benitez has been fired, and the Reds haven’t finished better than third in the Premier League, and they have slipped to fifth and sixth place finishes in the EPL since that point.

The simple fact is that the Gunners just don’t have the same type of backing right now that teams like Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City have, and, just like baseball in the United States, the teams with the big bucks are often going to outclass the teams that just don’t have enough money to bring to the table. Teams like Barcelona, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventes… all of these giants on the European soccer scene are throwing money at footballers faster than the rest of the teams are catching up. Heck, we just had a Russian side sign Samuel Eto’o to the richest deal a soccer player has received in the history of the sport.

As of last April, the Sporting Intelligence ran an average weekly pay for teams across the global in all sports. The only Premier League team on the list was Chelsea at No. 6, paying out over $115,000 per week in wages to its footballers. Barcelona and Real Madrid both spent over $150,000 per week. Arsenal was still in the Top 30 worldwide, but one would have to assume, though the numbers haven’t been run since the transfer window, that losing Cesc Fabregas took the Gunners outside of the Top 30, a place where Chelsea, Man City, Man U, and Liverpool all are.

When Wenger started with Arsenal, he didn’t have a whole heck of a lot to work with. He was the first manager from outside of the UK to head up this team, and he has since won three Premier League crowns and finished as the runner up five other times. He has a runner up finish in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup, and he was the Community Shield winner in 2003 and 2005, as well as the FA Cup winner in 1998, 2002, 2003, and 2005 (and runner up in 2001).

Wenger has built Arsenal from a team that was on the fringe of not being a relevant side in English football to one that commanded respect. Now, he faces a totally different challenge with a relatively dwindling budget and a side that has a ton more injuries than it does European caliber bodies. In time, the Gunners will figure this out. Will they finish in the Top 5 in the Premier League table this year? Probably not. But will they end up staving off relegation and rebuilding again for the future? That’s what Wenger did when he came to North London, and that’s what he will do again.

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Premier League Predictions: Blackburn vs. Arsenal Live Picks

On Saturday morning, ESPN2 will have another great Premier League live event, as Blackburn and Arsenal streaming is available. We’re set to make our Premier League predictions on this pivotal clash at Ewood Park, as two teams that are really struggling at this point are going to try to turn things in the right direction.

There is still a question as to whether or not Manager Steve Kean is going to be on the sidelines or not. Rovers fans have planned a protest this week to try to get Kean removed as the man in charge here at Ewood Park after an 0-1-3 start to the season. Blackburn currently sits at the foot of the table with just that one point, and it is becoming clear that this is going to be a struggle this year just to stay in the top flight.

There has been a real problem producing goals this year, as the team hasn’t scored more than one goal in a match this year, and it only has three total goals in four matches. Its first point only came on Sunday against Fulham at Craven Cottage. However, an opening match day loss to Wolverhampton here at Ewood Park is still something that this Kean hasn’t lived down, and with a loss in this match (if he even makes it that far), is going to probably be the last straw before he is sacked.

The Gunners surprisingly only have three goals and a -7 differential thus far in four matches on the Premier League table, and they are just in 12th position in a year in which many thought they would at least potentially challenge for the EPL crown.

Manager Arsene Wenger warned last week that a win over Swansea was just what the doctor ordered to get this team back on track. Perhaps he was right. On Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund was heavily favored in the Champions League group stage fixture on German soil, and if not for a late strike by Ivan Perisic, Arsenal would have swiped three points on the road and potentially been well on its way to the knockout round of the UCL.

Still, with Aaron Ramsey likely out of the fold along with a number of defenders, Wenger has his work cut out for him. Robin Van Persie has really stepped up as the leader of this team offensively, scoring a pair of goals, one in the English Premiership, and one on Wednesday in the UCL against Dortmund.

Arsenal definitely has to be careful with this game, as these next three fixtures have the potential to be very, very dangerous. A home date with Bolton Wanderers is coming next weekend, followed by a trip to White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur.

Last year, the Gunners took the trip to Ewood Park 2-1, while the teams played to a lifeless scoreless draw in April at the Emirates. The Rovers do have a win here just two years ago against Arsenal though, winning 2-1 on the second to last match day of the season.

This tea time event at Ewood Park is going to be an interesting one. We aren’t so sure that the Gunners are deserving 0.5 goal favorites at Bet365 Sportsbook, but they have the odds on favorites’ status by the oddsmakers. Blackburn is even money to get at least a point from this fixture. The ‘total’ has been set at 2.5 with only a slight shade towards the ‘under’.

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Wenger Suspended: Champions League Preview – Arsenal vs. Udinese

Arsene Wenger has had a great history with Arsenal in his career. He has been with the club for 15 seasons, leading it to three Premier League crowns, including an unheralded undefeated season in 2003-2004. He also has four FA Cup titles to his credit, and he has been named Premier League Manager of the Year three times. However, with his team reeling thanks to a horrendous offseason, things are starting to look bleak at best for the Gunners.

Arsenal is still struggling just to get its place in the Champions League this year, something that it will now have to do without Wenger on the sidelines for the return leg in Italy against Udinese. Arsenal won the first leg 1-0 last week, but now, it knows that it could be some trouble and be forced into the Europa League with a bad result on the road on Wednesday.

Wenger was suspended by UEFA for the first leg of the Champions League qualification, but instead of adhering to the terms of the suspension, he stayed in communication with his assistant managers, drawing the ire of the European soccer officials. Now, not only has Wenger been suspended for the return match at Udinese, but he will also be sidelined for the first fixture in whatever European competition the Gunners end up playing in.

But perhaps there is a lot more for Wenger to worry about than this. His Arsenal side is looking at potentially an 0-1-2 start to the EPL campaign come this weekend as well. The Gunners were held to a scoreless draw at St. James Park against Newcastle with just 10 men at the death. Gervinho was sent off with just 14 minutes remaining thanks to a careless slap to Joey Barton. It was a ticky-tack red card, but the truth of the matter is that the Gunners should have produced more than just 11 shots, two of which found the target over the course of the 90 minutes.

Even worse came the signature game of the season to date, a 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium against the hated Liverpool Reds. Liverpool came to town full of sound and fury, and though it was clearly supposed to be a side that was outclassed by the Gunners on paper, it definitely didn’t appear to be that way from start to finish.

So what really is wrong with Arsenal? For one, the team probably never really did get over the loss of Cesc Fabregas in the transfer season. Of course, the team will be boosted eventually by the returns of the like of Johan Djourou and Jack Wilshere, though none of these players are expected to be the ultimate panacea to the big problem at the Emirates.

Better is expected out of Robin Van Persie, arguably the club’s best offensive option at the moment. Theo Walcott, who opened up the season with a goal against Udinese in the opening leg of the Champions League playoff, hasn’t really been heard from in the Premier League as of yet.

Udinese has yet to take the pitch in the 2011-12 Italian Serie A campaign, though it did finish off the season with a great flurry of results, including a 2-0 win at Chievo and a scoreless draw at home against AC Milan. Captain Antonio Di Natale referred to this game as the biggest match in the history of Udinese.

The match on Wednesday is slated for 2:45 p.m. (ET) and will be played at Stadio Friuli.

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