Arsenal are further down the track towards a title-winning team while Liverpool wrestle with a volatile streak

Got on a lucky one. Came in at 18-1*. I’ve got a feeling, this year’s for me and you. Well, perhaps. On the other hand, we could just wait until April, the Guardiola spring surge, some post-op Kevin De Bruyne, and take another look then.

For now, Arsenal’s trip to Anfield on Saturday evening looks like a rare opportunity for J├╝rgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta. In an agreeably cinematic turn, and with all due deference to the presence of Aston Villa in the mix, the penultimate game of the pre-festive pile-up is in effect a playoff for the key ceremonial role of Top Of The League On Christmas Day.

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