With Arsenal not playing until Monday it will allow Liverpool to climb back to the top of the table with a win on Saturday when Cardiff City visits.
Brendan Rodgers has been making comments about the Cardiff situation behind the scenes, and as you may remember with him being the ex-Swansea manager, that will probably be as warm and hospitable as the welcome will get.
The Merseyside team will want to build on the last outing when they hammered Tottenham Hotspur 5-0. Although they did that without Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard and those two continue to be absent for this game, the squad isn’t the biggest in the Premier League. Liverpool has always had the tendency to be inconsistent.
Both Sebastian Coates and Jose Enrique are injured too, and maybe that will be a boost for the visitors who will be looking to build on their own win last week against West Brom. Craig Bellamy, I am sure, would be doing everything he can to be fit for this match against another of his old clubs.
It is really tough, though, to see any winner other than the home side, and surely any kind of points for the visitors will be considered a victory. A loss, no matter how heavy, could be just the sort of excuse the Cardiff owner, Mr. Vincent Tan would need to get Malky Mackay away from his club. Tan came out publicly and stated that ‘Not a single penny would be spent on players in January’. If that’s the case then he may find himself in a relegation battle in a few months time.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sports and The Sports Column. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook