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Under the Anfield lights, Liverpool will blow Napoli away

Under the Anfield lights, Liverpool will blow Napoli away

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Bad news for Arsenal with confirmation of the injury to Rob Holding. How much will that impact Unai Emery and his side?

It’s a real blow for the club and obviously for Rob personally. He’s been playing really well of late and I think most Arsenal fans would agree he’s made massive strides. Emery’s been playing that back three and maybe he’ll have to revert to a back four over the next couple of games.

Fortunately for Arsenal they’ve got Koscielny and Monreal coming back to fitness soon, so they’ve got good cover in the defence.

Huddersfield are the visitors to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, any chance they could end Arsenal’s unbeaten run? 

I can’t see it myself, although Huddersfield have certainly picked up in recent weeks. They’ve shown a lot of character and have been a bit unlucky in their last two defeats but Arsenal are heavy favourites going into this one, and rightly so. 

Arsenal to win 2-0: 25/4

Manchester City are still setting an incredible pace at the top of the table. Will Chelsea slow them down this weekend?

This’ll be a really interesting game. City are flying at the moment and nobody looks like stopping them. They’ve got goals from all over the team and Guardiola has been able to rotate his players over the last week because they’ve got so much quality in the squad. 

Chelsea are a strange side to predict right now. They looked very good in the opening 45 minutes against Wolves and could have been out of sight. In the end they lose the match. But they’ll be up for this one and though a lot of people might disagree with me, I fancy them to take a point against City. I’ll go with a score draw. 

Draw and both teams to score – 16/5

Looking ahead to next week, there are some massive Champions League ties for Liverpool and Tottenham. How do you see those going? 

Liverpool’s home form in the Champions League over the last couple of seasons has been very good and under the lights at Anfield you’d fancy them against anyone. This one’s a bit of interesting because a win might not necessarily be enough, but I think they’ll come and try to blow Napoli away early on. 

Napoli are a terrific footballing side and they’ll think they’ve got a real chance to qualify themselves. But I’m backing Liverpool to do enough. 

Liverpool to qualify from the group – 10/11

And Tottenham, yeah well they have to go to the Nou Camp and get a win, which in most circumstances would be a daunting task. But Barca might rest a few for this one as they’re already through, so you never know what could happen. What is certainly true is that the Spurs players will need to stand up and put in a hell of a performance, all over the pitch. If Harry Kane’s on fire, they’ve got half a chance. 

Not knowing the Barcelona team I’m not going to call the result, but I’ll say there are going to be goals in this one. 

+3.5 goals: 6/5

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Ray Parlour Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Romford Pele’, Ray is one of football’s great characters. In a career which saw him make nearly 500 senior appearances, he won numerous honours including three Premier Leagues and three FA Cups, as well as representing his country 10 times. Part of Arsenal’s invincibles during a 12 year stay with the Gooners, Ray is now a regular on talkSPORT radio.