RED ALERT AT LUNCHTIME
Liverpool has not finished above Manchester United in the Premier League for 12 years, but the Reds' agony looks about to end. For once, Brendan Rodgers' players are travelling to their bitter rivals as favorites, having played a superb attacking football the whole season.
The Reds are 11 points ahead of United in the standings and have scored 73 goals in the league this season, 27 more than David Moyes' team and more than any other club. United has shown signs of improvement recently but a first loss at Old Trafford against Liverpool since a 4-1 drubbing five years ago would not be a surprise.
"To see Man City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult," United striker Wayne Rooney told Inside United magazine. "It's not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven't been doing that this season. However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we've had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have"
SPURS LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION
Another fierce local rivalry is taking center stage as Tottenham hosts third-place Arsenal in North London. The derby at White Hart Lane is crucial for both teams as they can't afford to lose more points in the pursuit of their respective goals this season: the title for Arsenal and a Champions League berth for fifth-place Tottenham.
But pride will also be at stake. Spurs' hopes of finishing in the top four have been damaged by their 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, when coach Tim Sherwood criticized his players for their lack of character. Sherwood has told his players they need to show a better face if they want to commit their future to the club.