Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 22nd 2013 Contents LONDON---After losing to Manchester United, Pre-
mier League leader Arsenal will host surprise package
The Gunners are two points clear at the top but will
be facing a team that has lost only one game this sea-
Second-place Liverpool travels to Everton in the
Merseyside derby and Manchester United is looking to
continue its recovery at Cardiff, chasing a fourth con-
At this stage last season, Southampton was second-
to-last in the Premier League standings under former
coach Nigel Adkins. His successor, Mauricio Pochettino,
has transformed the team into one of the most enter-
taining sides in England with a bunch of young and
athletic players displaying a pressing game.
The Saints have secured good results at Liverpool
and Manchester United and are confident they can
hand the Gunners a second home defeat this season.
"It s a massive game. It s top versus third so why
can t we go there and get a result?" said midfielder
Adam Lallana, who is in contention for a place in Eng-
land s team for the World Cup. "We ve done it at Old
Trafford and at Anfield already this season, so the lads
will be full of confidence and I m really looking forward
Southampton is not only pressuring opposition with
its free-flowing style of play, the team is also boasting
the league s best defensive record, conceding only five
"We know it s going to be one of hardest test to date
because Arsenal are playing well at the minute," England
striker Rickie Lambert said. "It s going to be tough, but
we re confident that we can go there and get some-
The Gunners could be missing one of their key players
as midfielder Jack Wilshere picked up an ankle injury
while playing in a friendly with England against Germany
According to the British media, Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger had asked England coach Roy Hodgson
not to risk Wilshere but the player came in as a substitute
before taking a knock on his ankle.
Arsenal received more positive news this week, with
Theo Walcott s expected return against Southampton
after the winger recovered from an abdominal injury.
It s been a month since Ian Holloway stepped down
as manager of last-place Crystal Palace, but the club
has yet to fill the vacant job.
A number of coaches have been linked with the role
over the past three weeks, with Aitor Karanka and Rene
Meulensteen both deciding to sign for other clubs.
Tony Pulis is now the bookmaker s favourite, with
the former Stoke manager in advanced talks with the
south London club. Former Palace player Geoff Thomas
has also offered his services to the club.
Apart from Everton vs. Liverpool, there is another
big derby in the Premier League on Saturday: West
Ham vs Chelsea.
Chelsea has won only one of its last five league
matches away. And after Newcastle defeated the Blues
2-0 earlier this month with a gritty performance, West
Ham manager Sam Allardyce is encouraging his players
to take a similar approach to the game.
"Newcastle frustrated Chelsea and started the process
of winning that game by keeping a clean sheet and
scoring a free kick then sucked them in and hit them
on the break for the second," Allardyce said. "With that
result for Chelsea, there s a chance to see where their
weaknesses lie. But anything less than top form for all
of our players would make life difficult for us. We will
have to produce the end product because chance creation
will be harder."
West Ham scored only two goals in its last five
matches and the club is dangerously flirting with the
Liverpool will be missing defender Jose Enrique as
the Reds will be bidding to end Roberto Martinez s
perfect record at Goodison Park.
Enrique has been ruled out with a lingering knee
injury which is likely to require surgery.
"Jose Enrique has been struggling for a little while
with an injury," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
said. "He will probably need an operation. It s a blow
for us because he s a very talented player." (AP)
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to stop Gunners
Southampton's Steven Davis, left, scores his side's fourth goal of the match against
Hull City during the English Premier League at St Mary's, Southampton, England,
Saturday. AP PHOTO
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