LONDON - Arsenal get another "last chance" to revive its almost extinguished hopes of winning the Premier League title when it hosts leader Liverpool on Sunday.
The Gunners are eight points off the lead and in fifth place after an inconsistent start to the season, but have still bounced back to beat one of their big rivals each time they have looked out of contention.
Losses at Stoke and Manchester City last month were followed respectively by wins over Manchester United and Chelsea, so there's no reason Arsenal can't rebound from a poor 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough by handing Liverpool just a second loss of the season.
Liverpool is equally desperate to add to its victories over United and Chelsea, but three draws in its last four games have stopped it from building a lead over its title rivals and suggest that its momentum has slowed. More dropped points on Sunday could give Chelsea the chance to go top when it plays at Everton on Monday.
Liverpool winger Albert Riera suggested that the pressure of trying to win a first league title since 1990 is taking its toll. "I think we've been more nervy than usual at Anfield," Riera said.
"Maybe there's been a lack of precision in some of our passing and maybe we've been trying to play quicker than we need to."
And Liverpool will get a reminder of how the Gunners have destroyed its title hopes in the past, with Arsenal urging its fans to wear yellow to match the away shirts worn by the team in the win at Liverpool that clinched the 1988-89 title.
l See page 36 for TV coverage of weekend matches. - Sapa-AP
Blackburn v Stoke
Bolton v Portsmouth
Fulham v Middlesbrough
Hull v Sunderland
West Ham v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Liverpool
Newcastle v Tottenham
West Brom v Man City
Everton v Chelsea