The controversy overshadowed the first EFL Cup semifinal match between Arsenal and Liverpool last week, with the Battle of Emirates being postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Liverpool.
After it turned out that the Reds had dealt with a number of false positives, the first match is now scheduled for Thursday at Anfield, where the Reds and Gunners will finally take the field. In addition to those who fly to the African Cup of Nations, both managers have relatively capable teams for the match.
The venue at Wembley is in line within 180 minutes as both sides try to gain an advantage back with them to London for the final next week. Chelsea is already confirmed as the first finalist, so the winner of this two-legged match will advance against the Blues.
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Arsenal and Liverpool have been dead throughout their history in this competition, with both sides having six wins plus four draws, so it’s their turn to brag. Liverpool dominated in the last match between the two teams, at the end of November 4-0 in the Premier League.
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13:38: Do you fancy a (less than scientific) predictor score? We got 3-3, which would give a wonderful 90 minutes for the neutral.
13:35: The Liverpool squad is here and is even stronger than expected as Trent Alexander-Arnold unexpectedly returns from his COVID-19 isolation. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are both included in the line-up, suggesting a possible 4-4-2 from Jurgen Klopp if one of them does not play outside.
13:29: Another reason to take the lead tonight: Jurgen Klopp loves to face Arsenal. Complete betting tip below.
43 – Under the leadership of Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool scored more goals against Arsenal in all competitions (43) than against any other opponent. Expectation. pic.twitter.com/Vg36lnQkV3
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2022
13:23: They give out flags to home fans. The kick should swing.
Semifinals for the lights at Anfield tonight. We will need help with the flags if people can descend to the Kop / Kemlyn corner below 19:15 below the scoreboard.
We also have smaller flags for children or people who haven’t had one yet. As always, everyone is welcome at Kopa.
– Spion Kop 1906 (@ SpionKop1906) January 13, 2022
13:08: Silence before the storm.
12:45: Before this match, look back at the crazy meeting between Liverpool and Leicester City in the EFL Cup quarterfinals, during which the Reds got into this phase of the competition.
Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Liverpool line-up notes
Trent Alexander-Arnold was thought to be the only Liverpool player still in COVID-19 isolation, but after a quick return from the COVID-19 protocols, he is included in the starting lineup, which means that the Reds are back in a virus-free team. . . The Alisson goalkeeper is included in the group of returnees who previously missed time with a positive test for COVID-19.
Yet everyone like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are on duty at AFCON 2021, and the injured group Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi, Thiago and Nat Phillips have joined them on the list of unavailable players. So the Reds are not completely healthy, although the COVID-19 cases are disappearing. This means that young players like Curtis Jones and Kaide Gordon got on the bench and could potentially see the pitch depending on the course of the game.
Interestingly, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are included in the starting lineup, suggesting that Liverpool could be ranked more than 4-4-2 if one of them were not deployed widely.
Expected basic line-up of Liverpool (4-4-2): Alisson (GK) – Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Minamino – Jota, Firmino.
Liverpool Substitutes (9): Kelleher (GK), Konate, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Gordon, Morton, Williams.
Arsenal report notes
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are both in the service of AFCON 2022, which means that the center of the Arenal field is extremely thin. This could lead to a waste of time for Charlie Patin and Albert Lokong in the middle of the field. Gunners also seems to be solving problems with COVID-19, but Granit Xhaka has proven to be appropriate, which is a great support. Takehiro Tomiyasu is reportedly still out of the game with a calf injury, which means that Cedric Soares will re-enter the right back.
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Late news updates also called Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe out, with Smith Rowe unable to recover from a groin injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup last weekend, and Odegaard is a new addition to the unpublished injury list. Arsenal thus remains without the number 10, but the mentioned Xhaka could represent himself in this role with the young men behind him.
Another question for Mikel Arteta is who to step forward as a striker. Eddie Nketiah has been one of the options in cup matches in the recent past, but he was poor at losing the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest and this could lead to Alexander Lacazett’s return.
Expected basic line-up of Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) – Tierney, White, Gabriel, Cedric – Lokonga, Patino – Saka, Xhaka, Martinelli – Lacazette.
Arsenal alternates: (Starting sets published one hour before the excavation)
How to watch Liverpool Vs. Arsenal
- Date: Thursday, January 13
- Time: 2:45 PM ET
- Streaming: ESPN + (subscribers only)
Thursday’s match of the first match between Liverpool and Arsenal from Anfield in the semifinals of the EFL Cup will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN + in the United States.
Pre-match betting lines, tips and predictions
Choice: Liverpool to win and more than 1.5 goals (+130)
Forecast: Liverpool 2: 1 Arsenal
- Moneyline: Liverpool +100 / Draw +275 / Arsenal +260
- Extension (Asian Handicap): Liverpool -0.5 (+100) / Arsenal +0.5 (-115)
- Total O / U 2.5 goals: Over -140 / Under +120
- Both teams will score: Yes -165 / No +125