Liverpool v Arsenal – 15 Aug 16:00
Hodgson first Premiership game as manager of Liverpool promises to be a real baptism of fire! There game against Arsenal on Sunday should be one of the most exciting and interesting games of the opening weekends fixtures.
Both teams are without their best players with Torres and Fabregas both expected to miss the first game of the season. Joe Cole is set to start alongside Dirk Kuyt and David N’Gog and he will want to get his Liverpool career of to a winning start.
Liverpool’s new signing Milan Jovanovic has looked promising in pre-season and could be a hit for Liverpool in the Premiership this season.
Arsenal badly need a world class keeper, but Wenger still hasn’t manager to bring a new keeper to Arsenal, so will be starting with poorly rated Almunia. Almunia doesn’t match up to the standard of other keepers in the big four and neither do some of the replacements Wenger has looked at such as Schwarzer and Hart. If Arsenal managed to get Given they might be able to progress this season.
I expect that Gerrard and Cole will be the key players in this game and think that Liverpool should just edge it given the home advantage and the buzz there should be from playing under a new manager.
My Prediction: 2-1
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