Sunday provides a meeting between two sides who likely shared similar aspirations prior to the start of the season, with Liverpool having been absent from the Champions League since 2009-10 and Tottenham Hotspur failing to secure regular qualification. Many, back then, would have predicted that it would be Spurs who held the advantage at this stage of the season but the Anfield hosts sit four places and 12 points ahead – the sides in 2nd and 6th respectively. Brendan Rodgers’ team remain the league’s form side, having now won seven successive games for the first time since their title challenging 2008-09 season – the visitors looked to have found some consistency during the New Year but have struggled since, taking just 6 points from their last five and being eliminated from Europe by Benfica. Chelsea will be likely to take a victory away to Crystal Palace this weekend but Liverpool supporters will be hoping that an unlikely slip-up at Selhurst Park enables them to return to the top of the league – Manchester City, 2 points behind the Reds but with games in hand, are away to Arsenal on Saturday. Tim Sherwood’s side may harbour ambitions of catching North London rivals Arsenal, and thus a top-four placing, but Everton, away at Fulham earlier on Sunday, look most likely to capitalise if the Gunners fall short – 7th place Manchester United play Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime, but cannot catch Spurs this weekend. With two matches bringing sides in the top seven together, this weekend promises to be pivotal and could prove to shape the ‘mini-leagues’ within for the remainder of the campaign.
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