Sunday, October 3, 2010

Matchday: Liverpool vs Blackpool

unsettled team with new managing style & tactics and unresolved ownership issues are just inflating the dark clouds hovering around the red half of the Merseyside. Things don 't stop here. This is a worst start in the league since 1953/54 for Liverpool. Blackpool on the other hand, despite their back to back defeats are optimistic and upbeat to turn the tables at the Kop. The Tangerines are continuously improving and learning in each game. They can bank upon the low confidence levels of the Reds. Blackpool have played striking eye catching football while Liverpool are still looking out for a booster to lift the morale of the team. No wonder, Blackpool manager, Ian Holloway has every right to be optimistic about 3 points though he would like to share points as well at Anfield. He would like to attack more than they did against Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool have no choice now. They just need to start winning matches if they want to keep their hopes of a Top 4 finish. Home matches are critical and win is a must in every match from here on. Liverpool have already given up on lucrative points after draws with Arsenal and Sunderland. Also, the only one victory came against West Bromwich Albion, a mere 1-0 win. Liverpool are also having injury worries. Left back position will be bothering Roy Hodgson as Fabio Aurelio and Paul Konchesky are already ruled out, and Daniel Agger, who has been made to fill-in the emergency left back role, is doubtful for Sunday. Young left-back Martin Kelly who got injured in the last match is declared fit and is likely to start the match. However, Gerrard will surely return in the starting lineup after being rested against FC Utrecht to bolster the team. Roy Hodgson's tactics haven't been appealing so far. Liverpool lack pace, creativity and play more defensively. Fans are also disappointed by the performances of Christian Poulsen so far. The defense is conceding goals too. Another major concern for Liverpool is the attacking option. Fernando Torres is out of form since regaining fitness. He has scored only 1 goal so far, and it will be interesting to watch whether Roy Hodgson starts with a 4-4-2 attacking formation with young David Ngog, who is in tremendous form off late, playing upfront partnering Torres. Reportedly, Milan Jovanovic, is eyeing an exit as he is not happy at Liverpool with lack of opportunities despite being in good shape. So, would be interesting how Jovanovic is treated now by Roy. If Liverpool stick to their basics and play some attacking football in front of their fans, then it should be a cakewalk. A bad result will not worsen the morale of the team but also make a Top 4 finish a distant dream. So come on Reds, get a thumping victory. Our Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Blackpool

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