Arsenal Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool FC (EFL Cup Semis)

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Tomorrow brings a rescheduled EFL Cup semifinal, leg 2/2, between Liverpool and Arsenal, and the main storyline transcends football. This match was originally scheduled to take place two weeks ago, and with Arsenal’s Premier League fixture versus Burnley this weekend potentially getting called off, the elephant in the room is of course the coronavirus pandemic.

The cancelations and rescheduling have created a massive mess, in which it really feels like no one actually knows what’s going on right now. Just ask the manager of Arsenal’s biggest rival.

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Arsenal Team News vs Liverpool (EFL Cup): Arteta, Odegaard, Mari

As we head into the second leg of the EFL Cup semifinals, the tie between Liverpool and Arsenal, the major match storyline revolves around postponements and rescheduling. There has been a lot of criticism aimed at Arsenal, whether that’s fair or not, and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta used his press conference on Wednesday to address that.

After the North London Derby was cancelled, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte made his feelings known, with rather strong opinions, as he hit out at the Premier League.

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Predicted Liverpool FC Starting XI at Arsenal (Carabao Cup Semifinals)

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A spot in the Carabao Cup final is on the line Thursday when Liverpool travels to Arsenal for the second leg of their semifinal. The two teams had a sluggish 0-0 draw last week at Anfield, so the pressure is ramped up for Thursday.

Liverpool sent out a pretty strong line-up last week, and should do something similar on Thursday with a few changes.

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Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Starting XI Prediction at Tottenham

As of now, the North London Derby will go on as planned, despite the warnings from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta that it might not. The short-handed Gunners will make the short trip across this part of town to take on their most bitter of rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

Injuries, covid-19, and even some disciplinary issues have left Arsenal with few options in filling out the team sheet. Honestly, it almost kind of picks itself for Arteta, so let’s take a look.

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Arsenal Team News at Tottenham: Odegaard, Saka, Cedric, Xhaka

Mikel Arteta is hopeful that the North London Derby will go ahead this weekend, but he publicly expressed some doubt that it actually will. The Arsenal manager is simply lacking bodies to fill out his team sheet right now.

Down to ten men on the pitch, and having just 12 available outfield players, they nevertheless played Liverpool to a goalless draw in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal showdown tonight at Anfield.

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Predicted Liverpool Starting XI vs Arsenal (Carabao Cup)

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Liverpool advanced to the next round of the FA Cup on Sunday, topping Shrewsbury 4-1. Now the Reds will host Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal, looking to make the final for the first time since 2016.

Outside of the players who are at AFCON and a few injuries, Liverpool should have a strong contingent of players to choose from for the game.

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Arsenal Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool (EFL Cup 1st Leg Semis)

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Liverpool hosts Arsenal in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals, after a one-week postponement. The Gunners and the Reds always seem to face each other in this competition. This is the first time in over 30 years that two top-flight sides have faced each other in three straight League Cup campaigns. This year, the stakes get a little higher as they face each other in the semi-finals. 

The Gunners have enjoyed an easy run to the semi-finals. They have scored 16 goals and conceded just one. I must note that the only Premier League opposition they have faced in this run was Leeds United.

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Arsenal Team News vs Liverpool (EFL Cup Semis): Xhaka, Balogun, Smith-Rowe, Tomiyasu, Gabriel

After a postponement, because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Liverpool squad, Arsenal’s League Cup first leg semi-final is due to be played this week.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said most of the positive coronavirus tests that led to the original fixture being rescheduled were false positives, and that was met with skepticism by Arsenal fans. The EFL still decided that it would not investigate the incident however, and that Liverpool had no case to answer.

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Arsenal Starting XI Prediction vs Nottingham Forest (FA Cup)

The Gunners face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground this weekend in FA Cup action. The North Londoners will look to avenge a surprise defeat to the Reds at the same stage of this competition back in the 2017/18 season.

After a fantastic run of form, Manchester City undid Arsenal in their first game of 2022. A Riyad Mahrez penalty and Gabriel red card within two minutes of each other undid any good work the Gunners had done in the first half and handed the momentum to the reigning Premier League champions. Arsenal will look to bounce straight back from that defeat.

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Arsenal Team News vs Nottingham Forest (FA Cup): Gabriel, Chambers, Nketiah

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Arsenal travel to the City Ground this weekend to take on Nottingham Forest. Arsenal and Forest have played each other four times in the FA Cup previously, splitting the spoils in those fixtures. 

The last time they played each other in the world’s oldest knockout cup competition was in 2017/18, at this very same ground. The Gunners were humbled by The Tricky Trees 4-2 in that fixture. It was Arsenal’s only loss in their past 25 FA Cup third-round fixtures.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool (League Cup)

Arsenal host Liverpool in the first leg of the League Cup this week. The Gunners and the Reds have made this an almost annual date. They always seem to play each other in this competition. This is the first time (if it is staged, as Liverpool have put in a request to have this postponed) in over 30 years two top-flight sides have faced each other in three straight League Cup campaigns.

This year, the stakes get a little higher as they face each other in the semi-finals. Arsenal has never lost a home League Cup tie to Liverpool in the six times they have played host to the Merseyside club. The last time they faced each other at the Emirates, in a League Cup tie, it ended in a 2-1 victory to the North London club.

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Arsenal Team News vs Liverpool: Aubameyang, Pepe, Partey, Elneny, Gabriel

In what has become a Carabao Cup tradition, Arsenal faces Liverpool this week (if the match is in fact staged, as the Merseyside club has requested postponement). Arsenal and Liverpool have traded penalty shootout victories over one another in the past couple of seasons in this competition. This year they will battle it out over two legs for a place in the final.

The Reds and The Gunners have scored an incredible 28 goals in their last five meetings in the Carabao Cup. A record made even more impressive when you consider the last match between the two finished goalless.

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