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Your Premier League MOTW for Week 25: Liverpool v. Tottenham

No question here: Liverpool v. Tottenham at Anfield, 12:30 PM EST Saturday, Feb. 11th

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  • Liverpool are having a dismal 2017 and are coming off a 2-0 defeat to 18th place Hull City last week. Right now they're sitting at fifth place, on the edge of Champions League placing and on the edge of significance in the league. They need a win here.
  • Tottenham sit in second place, a full nine points off the leaders, Chelsea. The title race may or may not already be baked at this point but to stay in it, they need a full three point performance. They're not doing great away from home this year, however, having won only four of 12 on the road, and they have historically had trouble at Anfield.
  • Overall, I'm looking for a great battle between two strong midfields and for Liverpool to use the home field advantage to turn their season around with a convincing win vs. the Spurs.
  • Just to go ahead and make it interesting, I'm saying Liverpool find their stride and properly do the Spurs to the tune of 3-1.

  • So this may not sound like a great match-up, and odds are Hull City are going to get thrashed. However: Arsenal is coming off an ugly 3-1 pounding to Chelsea and Hull City are invigorated by their new manager Marco Silva and are riding high from their 2-0 defeat of Liverpool last weekend. Could potentially make for an interesting match; a tie would be a win here for Hull.
  • I'd love to see Hull City pull off an upset here and if Arsenal play like they did last week, crap defense and no mid-field, it just might happen. 
  • On the other hand, this is Arsenal a perennial top five team, with names like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Hector Bellerin (just to name a few) in their starting lineup. 

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