It is another big weekend in the English Premier League with the top four playing each other. With only eight games remaining in the League, this round of matches, just like every other, will go a long way in deciding the fate of Manchester United’s title defense, and Arsenal and Chelsea’s final salvos at the same.
Manchester United will take on traditional rivals, Liverpool, at their home ground on Easter Sunday. United are coming off a good run of results in the League and the Champions League, and their 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers during the week put them three points clear of closest rivals Arsenal in the title race. Star winger Cristiano Ronaldo has found his golden touch and captained United for the first time ever in the game, scoring twice. Liverpool, too, are in good form, and the Premier League Player of the Month, Fernando Torres, seems to be scoring for fun. Rafael Benitez finally has something going for him as his club reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League, yet again. Liverpool face the uphill task of playing Arsenal thrice a week and it will be the game against United that will set the tone for the rest of their campaign. The big London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea will be a crucial match in the title race with both teams chasing the champions. Arsenal have 67 points to Chelsea’s 65, and a win here would ensure that they stay in touching distance of United. Chelsea have just come off a 6-1 hammering of Derby County, but their 4-4 draw with Tottenham Hotspur would have dented their confidence a little. Arsenal seem to be the team to beat this season, and their near virtuoso performances in the League and the Champions League have given the Gunner faithful, and Arsene Wenger, some real hope of silverware this season. However, a recent run of form has had Arsenal struggling to score, and to defend, as well. Three draws on the trot mean that the London side have lost their spot on the top of the table and must now chase Man United like the rest of the pack. Whatever the results, the weekend promises to show off the biggest names in the Premier League and two clubs and their supporters, will be happier than the others, come Monday. Vineet Kanabar