Two teams. One is in for the title race, and the other is in for the top four race. When Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC meet at the Emirates Stadium in London, viewers should get ready for a lighting 90 minutes clash. Both sides marched to convincing 2-0 victories at the weekend, as the Gunners sank Leicester City while Jurgen Klopp’s side saw off Brighton & Hove Albion.
After the win against Leicester City last weekend, Arsenal have proved that they will lead the fight for the fourth position to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. They were so dominant with and without the ball against the Foxes and won the game easily.
Thomas Partey’s second goal for the club, another header, saw the Gunners break the deadlock after just 11 minutes against Brendan Rodgers’s side, and Alexandre Lacazette ensured the result from the spot in the second half after Caglar Soyuncu’s handball.
This season, the Gunners are one of the most in-form sides in the Premier League in the home matches. Only Liverpool and Manchester City have performed better at home than Arsenal.
Arsenal FC: Emile Smith Rowe recovered from illness in time to enjoy a 15-minute cameo in the win over Leicester, but Takehiro Tomiyasu’s calf injury will likely keep him sidelined once more.
Liverpool FC: Liverpool were handed a scare with Mohamed Salah after he left the Amex turf with a foot problem, but the attacker’s issue is not too serious, and he could yet make himself available for the midweek game.
Kostas Tsimikas and James Milner are both ill, but Klopp’s side are otherwise in good shape as Ibrahima Konate returns from a knock. Diogo Jota could deputise for Salah if the Egyptian is not risked from the off.
Liverpool have a good record against Arsenal and have won 93 out of 226 matches played betwen the two teams, as opposed to the Gunners’ 83 victories.
Arsenal have won only one of their last 18 matches against Liverpool, with their previous victory against the Merseyside outfit coming in 2020.
Arsenal have a poor recent record against Liverpool and have failed to find the back of the net in their last five matches against Jurgen Klopp’s outfit.
Arsenal are unbeaten in all eight of their Premier League midweek games played at the Emirates Stadium under Mikel Arteta and have also defeated Liverpool in one of these fixtures.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Jota, Mane, Diaz
Head to head (h2h) results:
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four meetings, winning three.
Arsenal wins: 81
Liverpool wins: 93
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Kick-off time: 8.15 pm GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London