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It’s time for the Round of 16 in the Carabao Cup this week with five games on Tuesday and three on Wednesday, where are game along Chelsea vs Manchester United for sure are the games that will draw the attention from the bigger audience.
Arsenal have reached the Round of 16 by beating Nottingham Forrest with 5-0 in a third round-thrashing home at Emirates Stadium. For Liverpool it was quite a smooth ride as well during the 90 minutes they had to play away to MK Dons, winning 2-0 in the end, but there were other worries after the game instead.
Pedro Chirivella, a Spanish youngster, wasn’t eligible to participate in the cup due to a registration process that wasn’t complete, but came on and played the last few minutes for The Reds. It looked that Liverpool could be thrown out of the cup, but it all ended with a fine.
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To be honest, you could argue whether Liverpool would’ve cared too much about being thrown out or not, given that this season is all about keeping the focus on the Premier League title come May. The team bounced back from two dropped points at Old Trafford by beating Tottenham at home on Sunday and even though Spurs had the lead after a Harry Kane goal within the first minute, it was Liverpool that dominated the game and the 2-1 win was nothing to argue about in the end.
Even though we can expect a sold out-Anfield (as always) it’s hard to see Jürgen Klopp take much more serious on this game than what he did with the away fixture at Milton Keynes. You’d expect Adrián to replace Alisson and among the outfield players there will be a mix of those first-team players normally outside the matchday squad, and some real youth. At MK Dons we saw players like Ki Jana Hoever, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster and I think we should expect to see them again here.
Arsenal will probably mix it a bit as well but after a tough 2-2-draw at Crystal Palace on the weekend, with horrible scenes at the end where fans’ were booing the club captain Granit Xhaka there’s a lot at stake for Gunners at the moment.
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Unai Emery is under pressure and even though another step in the Carabao Cup itself won’t solve any of the bigger problems a win at Anfield will always be a win at Anfield.
With Liverpool much more focused on the Premier League and finding their structure with what normally is the same eleven in any given game, Arsenal have also been much more flexible during the opening of the season and also been giving more game time to youngsters both in the Premier League and Europa League.
Looking back at the scoresheet from their third round-game against Nottingham Forrest we find the names of Willock, Nelson and Martinelli. And we’ve seen a player like Gabriel Martinelli bagging them in the Europa League as well, where he already has three goals to his name.
Even though it will be two clubs that knows each other well, this specific game will be between two teams and twenty two players that won’t be used to systems, surroundings and what this game could bring.
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I think we’ll see an open game and our first bet is for Both Teams To Score. This is backed at 8/15 and we wouldn’t be surprised if that is solved already early on.
Even if both clubs might be quite matched in terms of starting elevens with a mixture of young and old we still have to keep in mind that this game for Liverpool is more about giving game time to players while it for Arsenal is some sort of lifeline to at least bounce back a bit as a club. With Liverpool, Manchester City and now also Leicester and Chelsea running away in the Premier League it could soon be too late for Arsenal to have a fair chance of Top Four this season as well and to at least save any pride at the moment some success in the cups would at least help the case.
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Any manager will always say that focus is only on next game but don’t fool me that Liverpool isn’t thinking already more about the weekend’s game against Aston Villa and even the game a week from that against Manchester City at Anfield. For Liverpool, everything they do is about planning and rotating to be as strong as possible when it really matters for them. And to be honest, that’s not against Arsenal on Wednesday.
With that in mind, we’re also backing Arsenal To Win on the Draw No Bet-market at 12/5.
After a heavy weekend and the Arsenal youngsters will be hoping to give some joy to the fans that make the trip to Merseyside on Wednesday night. To be honest the Arsenal side playing in the Europa League have looked far more interested in playing for the badge on the shirt than some of the tired players representing Arsenal in the league.
Wednesday could be another chance for the younger Gunners to present themselves to the fans and the man to lead the attack is likely to be Gabriel Martinelli. The 18-year-old Brazilian is predicted to be the future star at Arsenal and in times like this he’s the go-to-guy when the fans’ are looking for and lights down the tunnel.
We back the Brazilian as an Anytime Goalscorer at 18/5 and hope that he can bring joy to us as well as to the Arsenal fans.
Anfield may have turned in to a fortress for Liverpool but if ever Jürgen Klopp could accept the team to deliver a non-perfect performance that would be on Wednesday. For Arsenal and Unai Emery it’s fair to say it’s another story.
Liverpool have quite little to win and to be fair not really nothing to lose. While Unai Emery looks to be a dead man walking who needs a win here to at least give some hope to the Arsenal fans.