The World Cup is the world’s biggest sports event. But the qualifiers are a bit of an annoyance when they interrupt club play, especially when the Premier League season is as exciting as this one. But on Saturday after a tw0 week hiatus, it is back. And what a great schedule!
How about starting your Saturday morning with Manchester United vs Arsenal?? Both of these managers need to win this one and only one will win unless there is a draw. Arsene Wenger rarely beats Man U and Jose Mourinho has had a tough start vsw the top of the Premier League in his first season at England’s version of the New York Yankees. Arsenal is tied for third with Manchester City, two points behind the first place team, Liverpool, while man U sits in sixth, trailing fifth place Tottenham by three and Arsenal and City by six.
City has been struggling as of late. They have a ton of talent as Barcelona found out a couple of weeks ago when they were thrashed 3-1 by the Citizens. But City then could muster only a draw at home with Middlesbrough which ousted them from the top of the table for the first time all season just before the break. They will visit Crystal Palace at 10:00 AM Eastern. Crystal Palace is tied with Middlesbrough at 11 points so City should not assume a win in this one. They need to get better and soon.
Liverpool is on the road at Southampton at the same time. Southampton is in a tie for 10th in the standings at 13 points and a win for them could get them jump started on a run towards the top of the table. Liverpool can ill afford a loss as they lead Chelsea by only one point. On Sunday, Chelsea will visit Middlesbrough and Man City can attest to what a trap game that can be.
So sit back soccer fans and turn on the TV while you wait for the college football games to come on. The real thrillers may just be early in the morning. No offense to the World Cup fans, but this is really worth getting up early on a Saturday for.