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With one game still to play in 2011, Liverpool have dropped 19 points at home. That is 17 more than Manchester City and 14 more than Manchester United. The fortress formerly known as Anfield truly is no longer.
Liverpool have been incredibly wasteful this season in front of goal, and on Friday night take on Newcastle without their star striker Suarez. If Liverpool are to reach their aim of Champions League football, dropped points at home are no longer an option.
Three league goals in eleven months and 23 games. The threat of his more potent strike partner being banned for a period of two months, and the same player banned unexpectedly for an extra game. And it is against your former club.
Games don’t get much bigger for Andy Carroll.
It is all very well City appearing to be satisfied with draws at places such as Anfield, but when blanks are drawn at the Hawthorns, questions will be asked.
In truth, ever since the thrashing of United at Old Trafford, Manchester City have slipped back into second gear, whilst their city neighbours have stepped up the pace impressively.
There is no doubt that City have the best squad in the Premier League, but United have title-winning experience. The red half of Manchester traditionally performs better in the second half of the season. If City do not get three points at Martin O’Neill’s resurgent Sunderland, then Manchester United will be at the summit on New Years Day. That is worrying for the rest of the Premier League.
Owen Coyle is fast turning into the new Steve Kean. No team has ever lost eight of their first nine top flight home games, and if results continue then Bolton will soon be cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League. A home game against Wolves surely becomes must win rather than do-not-lose?
If Bolton do lose at home once again, we will surely have our first managerial casualty of 2012.
27/1 with some online bookies to win a match against a team in the same division, and the odds on Blackburn to win 2-0 is the same as United to win 9-0. Two statistics that show just how far Blackburn have fallen.
Armchair Premier League fans
From Friday, there are six days in succession in which there is live Premier League football on television. Grab yourself a beer and sit down, it’s a perfect start to 2012.