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Battle for North London

Manuel Almunia returns to Arsenals goal just in time for the North London derby against Tottenham. (Courtesy Tim Snell Flickr)

Manuel Almunia returns to Arsenals goal just in time for the North London derby against Tottenham. (Courtesy Tim Snell Flickr)

By Kevin Koczwara

Arsenal and Tottenham will face-off Saturday at the Emirates Stadium to lay claim to as who is the best club in North London right now. It is a match-up that looks to be a barn burner because the two teams have high octane attacks and sub-par defenses. The game also has implications to set apart the two teams and give themselves room in the top four (Champions League qualification) on the Premier League table.

Both Arsenal and Tootenham have 19 points coming into this weekends match-up and are only set apart by goal differential — Arsenal at a +16, Tottenham at a +9– and Arsenal’s one game in hand. And both need this win to keep pace with table setters Chelsea (who play a Bolton side  they beat 4-0 in a mid-week Carling Cup match), and to avoid being bumped down by a confident Liverpool side who beat Manchester United last week and is playing a stingy Fulham side that looks tired from all the extra competition that the UEFA Cup has brought. And Manchester City and Aston Villa should surely wrap-up at least 1 point this weekend in their competitions keeping them in the hunt for a top four finish and jumping over the loser in North London.

This game is more than just a derby this weekend, it is a match that will make one of these teams a serious contender for Premier League silverware come May.

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Fantasy League Horrors

By Kevin Koczwara

Week 7 looks to be the first promising one in a while after I had to make some major changes and wait out some difficult stretches. It would help if I could get past what teams players play for and how the approach the game. I would have a lot more points if I chose a Drogba or a Wayne Rooney, but I refuse.

Week 7 looks to be the first promising one in a while after I had to make some major changes and wait out some difficult stretches. It would help if I could get past what teams players play for and how the approach the game. I would have a lot more points if I chose a Drogba or a Wayne Rooney, but I refuse.

Is anyone else being hurt in their fantasy league because their major players are being injured? I am being destroyed by injuries. I started with Theo Walcott and Robinho on my starting 11, and both got hurt. Robinho at least made it onto the pitch for a game or two, but I was sure he was a shoe in this year for major points in fantasy and high flying scoring numbers. Manchester City have so many weapons around him — Roque Santa Cruz is hurt, but when he returns he will be there 4 or 5 striker, he can start on any team in the Premier League right now.  But it was only a matter of time before Robinho got hurt before he could make a huge impact on my fantasy team.

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Matches to Watch This Weekend

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool v Burnely (ESPN 2 Sat 9:45 a.m.)

Why watch this game you are surely asking me? I have two answers for you:

1. The game is in beautiful High Definition on ESPN 2. If you have watched a game in HD on ESPN recently, then you know why I am suggesting this game. The picture is outstanding, making the game more enjoyable. The Reds jerseys glisten over the green grass of the pitch. Hopefully this year ESPN decides to spend the money and show Champions Leagues games in HD. It makes every game easier to watch, and more enjoyable.

2. This may be a stretch, but this game will be tough for Liverpool. Burnley will present a challenge for the struggling Reds. Benetiz’s crew just aren’t up to snuff, yet anyways. And the squad could be looking ahead to their Champions League match later in the week. And Zonal marking has made every set piece interesting for Liverpool, and their opponents. I see some goals being scored, but Torres and Gerrard pulling the Reds out with a win.

Outcome: 3-1 Liverpool over Burnley.

Tottenham v Manchester Utd. (FSC Sat. 12:30p.m.)

This is the Spurs chance to prove that they really are what their record says they are (unbeaten EPL play). It is also a chance for Manchester United to put the Spurs in their place, and make it known that Sir Alex and his squad plan on defending their title.

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