Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-2-3-1
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(69) 51 Goals 55 (67)
(53) 39 Assists 31 (45)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 7.2 (6.8)
27.3 Average Age 27.9
182.9 Average Height (cm) 181.9
(1.1) 1.3 Shots pg 2 (1.4)
(54%) 55% Aerial Duel Success 54% (52%)
(1) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.8 (1)
(1.4) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Thomas Vermaelen Doubtful 6.84
Lukasz Fabianski Doubtful 6.75
Mikel Arteta Doubtful 7.37
Francis Coquelin Doubtful 6.36
Gervinho Out 6.78
Player Reason Status Rating
Martin Kelly Out 6.45
Jon Flanagan Out N/A
José Reina Doubtful 6.7
José Enrique Doubtful 7.01
Glen Johnson Doubtful 7.26
Oussama Assaidi Out 6.01

Team News

  • Mikel Arteta is making good progress from a calf injury and may be back in contention, though the Spaniard is unlikely to be rushed back into action.
  • Though Gervinho is on international duty, elsewhere Wenger could have a fully fit squad to choose from, with Walcott, Cazorla and Wilshere all having been rested from the start at the weekend.
  • Diaby is likely to get the nod as a slightly stronger defensive option than Aaron Ramsey in the midfield, while the form of Olivier Giroud should keep Walcott out wide.
  • Reina, Enrique and Johnson should all be back in contention to start the game at the Emirates.
  • Elsewhere captain Steven Gerrard will return to the starting line-up after the embarrassment of the cup exit against Oldham.
  • Brendan Rodgers must decide whether to stick with two up front with Sturridge keeping his place or to revert to a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 formation, with the club looking to tie up a deal for Philippe Coutinho to bolster their options out wide.

Prediction

  • The home side have failed to come out on top in each of the last 5 league encounters between these two sides, with Arsenal's win at Anfield earlier in the season their second in succession away at Liverpool.
  • The last time these two teams met at the Emirates, however, Liverpool ran out 0-2 winners, which is the only time in the last 5 league encounters at Arsenal that the game has been separated by more than a single goal.
  • This is likely to stick to the tradition of being a tight affair, with the visitors knowing that a win would see them go level on points with their hosts and Arsenal wanting to pull clear of the Reds.
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Comments (16)

 
  • i do not understand how Liverpool get 7.1 and Arsenal 7.03?!?! Arsenal were better in every aspect of the game!

  • Should point out Arsenal's 1st and 2nd choice DMs, Arteta and Coquelin, were out. Still they struggle with balance, but with Ramsey there, moreso.

  • @Daddy Arsenal's defenders aren't exactly young, just not good enough generally, imo. Their best defender, Gibbs, is also the young one. The lack of a DM has hurt as well, although the trade-off of 3 ball-playing CMs has its benefits. For Arsenal to play such a midfield, tho, they need more consistent, solid defenders. (Shrug)

  • @LessBlues Defense has always been a problem for Arsenal. Lack of experienced players doesn't help.

  • @TeamCropDusters Arsenal was controlling the game, just look at possession stats. Right move by Rodgers, as stabilized Liverpool. Woeful defense as always by Arsenal. Szcszesny perhaps the worst.

  • So when they tie the game we bring on another defender for a striker... Brilliant!!! What are you doing Rodgers????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Why the fack is Carragher starting!!! Play him against Reading, Stoke, or Norwich!

  • We just gave up a two goal lead FFS! Sell Reina to Barca!!!

  • L'pool must win.

  • 3-1 Liverpool.

  • 2-1 arsenal

  • why does Whoscored think Lucas won't start? He's vital to Liverpool in games like this. Given Joe Allen's recent form he really must start.

  • Due to Rodger's philisophy of playing passing football from the back with a high line, Liverpool's two centre backs Skrtel and Agger may be in for a hard time against Walcott who is most effective against teams that allow him the opportunity to play in behind. Those two aren't the quickest and if Wenger plays Walcott down the centre he would fancy his chances against them. Suarez should also cause problems so I'm predicting both teams to score but with Arsenal coming up the victors. 3:2

  • gerrard

  • liverpool will controll the game and win 3:1

  • There will probably be lots of passing around in the middle, so there will probably be many situations where Arsenal can break on the counter and score.

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