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Monday, April 7, 2008


<2.20> <2.95> <2.98>

we've finally arrived at part 3 of the arsepool trilogy. liverpool really rode their luck in the previous two exchanges, while arsenal dominated without really threatening too much. a very tough match to call, and i would generally advise people to stay away from such matches. meaning if u have already been losing money, please do not look at this match as your saviour. i fancy arsenal to finally get a little luck against the scousers, who for a "big club", were rather shamefully content to just soak up arsenal pressure without really showing much attacking intent. walcott also showed in both matches that he can be quite a handful, and i fancy wenger to start him in a match where arsenal have to attack and get that away goal. i fancy a repeat of the milan encounter, where arsenal came through against all odds. i won some money in that one, and hopefully, we all will in this one.

- Eddy's prediction: $5 on arsenal @ 2.98 = $14.90

This matchup cannot get any worse. Liverpool go in with the away goal advantage, having drawn 1-1 at the Emirates, and just need a goalless draw to go through, something that they are very well capable of doing. Arsenal have dominated the previous two matches only to be unable to translate their dominance into goal, and Liverpool will look to defend tightly against a Van Persie-less strike force. Marauding right back Sagna, together with Rosicky are both out for the match as well. Liverpool, on the other hand, have a full first team to choose from, and I expect Skrtel and Carragher to fully shackle Adebayor. Liverpool will line up with a tight 4-2-3-1 with both holding midfielders Mascherano and Alonso denying Arsenal the space while using the immaculate passing of Alonso and Gerrard to release Torres into spaces behind the Arsenal defence once both Eboue and Clichy go forward. I honestly can't see Arsenal winning, but one must look back at their masterclass performance against Milan when everyone expected Milan to win - Arsenal are at their best when they're underdogs. But I fancy Arsenal to fail to score with their lack of bite upfront that has translated into 4 consecutive draws before their loss to Chelsea. It's all set out to be a goalless or a 1-1 draw, the third draw in the last 3 meetings between both sides. If anything, Liverpool to win and go through.

- Roland's prediction: $5 on Draw @ 2.95 = $14.75

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