Arsenal at Liverpool (EFL Cup) Team News: Matip, Salah, Van Dijk, Nelson

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Arsenal visits Liverpool tomorrow night in a match-up that is pretty exciting as far as EFL Cup round of 16 matches go. Between this clash and the Manchester United-Chelsea tie, this round promises to be a compelling one; at least on paper.

It should be fun so let’s take a look at the team news, starting with the hosts. It’s a case of good news and bad news, so we’ll give you the bad news first. Central defender Joel Matip has suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for awhile.

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The Liverpool Echo says a time table is not determined at this time, but the London Evening Standard reports that the 28-year-old could miss up to six weeks. Either way, he’s set to meet some crunch clashes, including the Nov 10 showdown with Manchester City.

As for the good news, Mo Salah was forced to limp off the pitch with just five minutes left in Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur. He was seen sporting an ice pack wrapped around his ankle, while centre back supreme Virgil van Dijk was seen with an ice pack on his leg.

They’re both fine and in contention for Wednesday night.

“Virgil has got a dead leg. It’s painful but he will be fine,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters, “and Mo is his ankle, it gets sore the longer the game goes but it is not a massive issue.”

For Arsenal, the only injury absentee is Reiss Nelson.

However, team captain Granit Xhaka could be suspended/benched for this match (or more), if/when he is punished for his outburst on the weekend.

Arsenal at Liverpool FC FYIs

Kickoff: Wednesday Oct 30, 8:30 BST, Anfield

Starting XI Predictions:    Arsenal     Liverpool

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

Referee: Andre Marinner

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Prediction: Liverpool 3, Arsenal 0

Liverpool have won 14 straight at Anfield going back to February 27. The last time they didn’t win on Merseyside was against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16. And as you might have heard, Arsenal has some issues with their road form to say the least.

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  1. Arsenal will suprise liverpool with 2-1 at andfield tommorow night and it will be unbelivable but its going to happen.

  2. liverpool is going to beat arsenal 2-1 and emery is going 2 suffer from unstopable jurgen klopp.

  3. If arsenal looses against liverpool 2morrow it will mean that unai emery’s furture at arsenal has come to an end meanwhile arteta is set to join arsenal as head coach.

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