Friday, March 13, 2009

A Must-Win Match?

This Saturday, the match I would term as the "title decider" will take place. The biggest match of this season (Man Utd v. Liverpool) will, in my opinion, decide if this season will continue to be a two-horse race or basically a boring 18th title for Man Utd.
18th, tied with Liverpool! Boy, that would truly suck!
Man for man, Liverpool is more than a match for Man Utd. And the Reds are buzzing after a sensational 4-0 demolition of Real Madrid. If Rafa decides on a 4-4-1-1 formation, then they will have a great chance. Gerrard, being a big game player, will be driving Liverpool on from the more advanced "in the hole" position. If Liverpool gets an early goal at Old Trafford then they have every chance of closing the gap to a mere 4 points. Defensively, Liverpool is hard to break down and at Old Trafford, with the expectation of Man U fans, the Devils will pour forward and that will just play into Liverpool's hands. The Reds are after all, a very competent counter-attacking side and Torres (back to his best) will trouble Nemanja Vidic.
With Rooney stoking the flames with his "I hate Liverpool" sentiments, this will only heat up the competitive nature of this match adding to the excitement. Doing the double over ManUre for the first time in over 6 seasons would be absolutely heavenly. Yes, the last time Liverpool did the double over Man Utd was at the 2001/2002 season!
Expect a cagey affair where an early goal from Liverpool will seal it, making the title chase a more interesting affair.

Now if only Liverpool had beaten the likes of Hull and Stoke City......sigh....

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