Unprofessional Foul


April 21, 2009

Open Thread: Liverpool v. Arsenal

Could today’s match be as big as the match 20 years past pictured above?

Big 4 tilt today in the Premier League. Liverpool hopes to continue to press Man U in the title chase and Arsenal hopes to continue its fine form and 18 match unbeaten streak.

Both sides will be at less than full strength. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard remains out with an adductor injury. Arsenal will have several key players in the Krankenhaus. Strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie are both out, William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Johan Djourou and Manuel Almunia will all miss the tie, but fullback Bacary Sagna and striker Eduardo will mark their return.

Full lineups and a bit of Championship chatter for Bigus after the jump.

Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Arshavin, Song, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Bendtner
Subs: Mannone, Diaby, Eduardo, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Eboue

Reina, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Carragher, Agger, Mascherano, Alonso, Benayoun, Riera, Kuyt, Torres
Subs: Cavalieri, Skrtel, El Zhar, Lucas, Babel, Ngog, Dossena

Whilst we get all wrapped up in a Big 4 matchup, lest we not forget some especially important matchups in the Fizzy Drink. Bigus’ beloved Canaries do not hold fate in their hands and need results to go their way to ensure safety. So keep your eyes on the following matches:

Derby County v. Reading - if Reading win a playoff spot will be secured and will have little to play for against Norwich on the 27th.

Coventry City v. Barnsley - on the other end Barnsley sits in the last safe spot ahead of Norwich. Obviously a Coventry win is needed badly for the Birdies. Bigus IMs me saying Coventry owes Norwich for something or rather, but honestly, this is sport there is no oweing except for the gamblers. Let us just hope for the best Norwich results.

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  1. Precious Roy

    I actually think Spuds are going to beat United.

    But unless a shaman puts a magic touch to Gallas’ knee and he can play again this season, the Arse is toast at United.

  2. c0rrine

    that was bittersweet

    sweet because i love how my club is continually capable of doing that

    bitter because…

  3. Precious Roy

    Remember Mike, Arsenal aren’t clear of Villa just yet. Villa has an insanely easy finishing stretch and could run the table from this point on.

    Granted with wins against Portsmouth, Stoke, and Boro, Arsenal can’t be caught mathematically. But we go to Fratton Park and Dr. Teeth has had Wenger’s number the last couple of seasons. And with defending like that, anything is possible. So Arsenal still need to pick up points against United and Chelsea if at all possible.

  4. Mike Georger

    God. Arshavin looks like such a c**t, he should be playing for United.

  5. Mike Georger

    Villa couldn’t beat Rhianna right now.
    You’ve got nothing to worry about


  6. Precious Roy

    Oh lordy… just because our money signing is panning out and didn’t have to be shipped back to where he came at a loss, don’t get all United on him.

  7. Mike Georger

    LOOK AT HIM, tell me that isn’t the face of a smug United player.

    And Robbie Keane could have scored those gifts as well, and been fat all the while.

  8. Mike Georger

    He looks like the mechanical fish from the Fillet’o’fish commercial.

  9. Precious Roy

    Bolton, Hull, Fulham, Boro, Newcastle. That’s 15 points. Even with Villa’s form.

  10. Mike Georger

    You think that paper thin squad of football manager superstars is walking into The RBK, Craven Cottage, and The Riverside and taking nine points? I just don’t see it.

  11. Mike Georger

    They lost at home to Boro and drew at home to Fulham, back when they were playing respectably, as a point of reference.

  12. Precious Roy

    The Reebok and the Riverside? Totally.

    Craven Cottage might be a bit taller order as Fulham have been pretty stout at home. But the Cottagers are likely to have nothing to play for at that point (save maybe the Fair Play spot).

  13. Mike Georger

    Hey Boro may suck but they do not give up a lot of goals at home.

  14. Precious Roy

    And they score fewer.

    Point remains: Until Villa drop points, Wenger will have to try to get something from every match still on the schedule.

  15. Mike Georger

    True, but still I think with two games left, fourth place will be settled.

  16. Mike Georger

    Oh yeah, also


    Possible third trophy in four years (which won’t matter because Lucas f**ks up a Carling Cup or FA Cup game and knocks us out early so the kids never get a f**king chance to play) but hey at least Della Valle is f**king incredible.

  17. Keith

    Georger, Garethdinho is going to be playing either for a transfer to Pool (which will solve your corner kick troubles), or CL play at Villa Park- I fully expect him to bulge the auld onion sack at Boro.

    Also, our home form has been terrible this year (not terrible enough to lose to Hull and the Geordies on their awful form, though– plus, I’ll be there to wave some luck over Villa and see Newcastle earn their relegation papers- whoopee!). It’s been our away form that’s kept us in fifth (with a Moyes’ Boys loss tomorrow) even with this terrible stretch. So yes, Villa can definitely take 9 points at the RBK, Riverside and Cottage.

  18. Mike Georger

    If Benitez sells Alonso to get Barry after this season, I swear I’m gonna cry. Unless they want Barry to play left back (which would be a massive f**king improvement at the moment), I don’t see it happening. MON Yossi’ed himself out of some nice transfer funds with that one.

    No disrespect meant to Villa, I just don’t see anyone catching Arsenal right now.

  19. Precious Roy

    I don’t see it either. But until it’s a mathematical certainty, I’m not going to stop worrying.

  20. Mike Georger

    I remember what it was like to worry about fourth place. MEMMMORRIIIEESSS …

  21. Precious Roy

    What was that, last year, or the year before? When was it you finished fifth?

    Well, be happy. You have nothing to worry about, not first, not fourth. Nothing. You’ve got five matches left to jockey with Chelsea for position.

  22. Mike Georger


    And it was four years ago thankyou.

  23. Mike Georger

    Wow, dead on piece on what the PFA shortlist should look like. Good to see some non United blowing from the media every once and then.

  24. Precious Roy

    Glad to see he got Jagielka right.


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