“You say the hill’s too steep to climb,
You say you’d like to see me try,
Fearless by Pink Floyd is a track off their album “Meddle”. The track samples Liverpool’s Kop and describes the story of someone aspiring to climb a metaphorical hill. In the opening and closing, you can hear “You’ll Never Walk Alone” being sung by The Kop. The reason for the Kop’s inclusion is a bit of a mystery today, as Roger Waters and David Glimour are both Arsenal supporters.
We have new clubs on the top and bottom, as another fixture date in the English Premier League season has come and gone. Liverpool are the new league leaders after pushing their winning streak to 9 games. It has been a remarkable run by Brendan Rodgers’ side and one that has Liverpool fans dreaming of capturing their first Premier League title. Liverpool aren’t the only story in Merseyside as Everton are on a 6 game winning streak of their own. Near the bottom of the table, we have the race to avoid relegation. Fulham are hoping the hill is not too steep to climb as they make a late push for survival. As the calendar changes to April, which clubs will be fearless as they chase their aspirations?
1. Liverpool – At the start of the year, very few believed that Liverpool would be top of the league and have firm control of their own destiny in April. The 9 game winning streak will meet it’s stiffest challenge this weekend against Manchester City. If the Reds prevail, they will surely have one hand on the trophy.
2. Manchester City – The Citizens hope to have Sergio Aguero back for the massive fixture this weekend at Anfield. If City can come away with at least a draw, it would do wonders for their title aspirations.
3. Chelsea – Chelsea dispatched a surging Stoke on Saturday, but their slip up at the hands of Crystal Palace, may prove to be costly. Mourinho’s men who are still involved in the UEFA Champions League, may not have the depth for a proper title push.
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4. Everton – If it weren’t for their red neighbors, Everton would be the talk of Liverpool. The Toffees trounced Arsenal at the weekend and now can be considered favorites for the final Champions League spot. Expect the winning streak to continue in the next two fixtures against Sunderland and Crystal Palace.
5. Arsenal – What was once looking like a season where Arsenal turned the corner has now been shrouded with doom and gloom. Arsene Wenger seems to be running out of answers just as their title aspirations have come to a screeching halt. The Gunners are still alive in the FA Cup, but will silverware alone quench the fans at the Emirates?
6. Manchester United – The goals have been flying in for Manchester United in their last two Premier League fixtures. The 8 goals against Aston Villa and Newcastle United have offered supporters a glimmer of hope prior to their midweek duel at Bayern.