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Monthly Archives: February 2015

It’s derby weekend in the Premier League

Two massive games coming up live on UK TV!

This Saturday 7 February, 2015 sees two sets of bitter rival go head-to-head in what could be a couple of feisty clashes. First up is the early kick-off between Tottenham Hotspur and north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

With Spurs sitting just one spot below 5th placed Arsenal by two points, an awful lot could be riding on this game in the chase for that lucrative fourth Champions League spot come the end of the season.

Spurs got their season off to a shaky start, with their strikers misfiring and their defence at sixes and sevens. However, recent weeks have seen a major change in fortunes with the emergence of the young English star striker Harry Kane already netting 20 goals this campaign alone and looking hungry for more, especially after the demolition of Chelsea at the Lane just a few weeks ago. Suddenly, Spurs look like contenders, having built a successful system around Danish midfield talisman Christian Eriksen.

Arsenal have also had some questionable performances with certain sections of the fans calling for a change at the top but, with Wenger still in the manager’s seat, the Gunners have had a decent run of form since their New Years Day defeat at Southampton, especially with their impressive win at Manchester City and recent 5-nil thrashing of Aston Villa.

With the recent return of Theo Walcott, who was famously injured last season in this very same fixture, there could be a lot of bad blood out there; with both teams desperate to show who’s top dog in North London.

Whether or not you’re a Gooner or Lillywhite, this game should be must see viewing for any neutral football fan. Coverage starts live on BT Sport 1 from 12pm this Saturday.

Don’t miss the late kick off on Merseyside

If one local derby wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, then two should be enough with Liverpool travelling the short journey across the city to local rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

If you had to pick two teams this season that had under achieved based on last season’s performances, then you’d be hard pushed to pick any others than the pairing of Liverpool and Everton. With the two teams sat in 7th and 12th respectively in the Premier League, the fans of both clubs have had to endure a season of ups and downs.

Liverpool’s loss of talismanic and controversial striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona was without doubt a major factor in their slow start, not to mention the misfiring and misbehaving signing of Mario Ballotelli which appears to be backfiring on them as many predicted. Everton on the other hand didn’t have to endure such losses and have simply found it harder to get going having to deal with the additional fixture headaches that the UEFA Europa League represents.

With loan signing Aaron Lennon joining the ranks for the rest of the season from Spurs, the flying winger may just add the pace and experience their squad needs to push on and beat their local rivals in what must be seen as a must win game for both sets of fans.

Neither of them are expecting the same finishing positions as last season, so bragging rights versus their local rivals has to now take centre stage.

This game is again live on UK television, with coverage starting at 4:45pm on Sky Sports 1.