One of the biggest showdowns in the English Premier League will take place this Wednesday Jan. 30
at Emirates Stadium in London when Arsenal hosts Liverpool. This is a crucial match for both clubs if
they hope to finish in the top four spots and earn a berth in next year’s European Champions League.
Liverpool is coming off of a humiliating 3-2 away loss to Oldham in the FA Cup on the weekend while
Arsenal just squeaked by Brighton on the road with a 3-2 win.
Arsenal currently sits in sixth place in the league with 37 points from 10 wins, seven draws and six
losses. Liverpool is right behind them with 34 points from nine wins, seven draws and seven defeats.
Arsenal has 46 goals for and 27 against while Liverpool has scored 40 and allowed 28 against. Arsenal
is one point behind fifth-place Everton and four back of Tottenham for fourth spot. Seventh-place
Liverpool is level on points with West Brom and just one ahead of Swansea.
Both teams got off to rough starts in the league and have dropped points by drawing too many games
instead of winning them. Arsenal was knocked out of the League Cup by lower division Bradford and
Oldham sent Liverpool reeling in the FA Cup. They’ve both suffered embarrassing defeats, but in
general, they haven’t been playing too bad lately.
Liverpool relies heavily on striker Luis Suarez to lead the way offensively and he’s done a good job by
scoring 16 league goals so far this season. However, manager Brendan Rodgers made a good move in
the transfer window by adding striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea. The young England international is
also a fine goals corer who has a few for his new club already.
As usual, arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hasn’t added anybody in the transfer window. He was reportedly
going to bring back top-scoring legend Thierry Henry on loan again, but that fell through and Henry
will start the season with the New York Red Bulls in America. However, David Beckham is training with
the club, but at the moment it doesn’t look like Wenger is going to sign him. That could change though
before the month runs out.
Theo Walcott is leading the way for Arsenal this season with 10 league goals and he’s often been played
in a more central role as a striker rather than out on the right wing. Newcomers Lukas Podolski and
Olivier Giroud have been playing well so far. Arsenal will be without the overrated Gervinho for the
match as he’s in Africa playing with Ivory Coast in the African Nations Cup. Arsenal won’t miss him
though. Defender Thomas Vermaelen should return from his ankle injury and everybody else seems to
be healthy at the moment.
Liverpool should be getting some of their injured players back in time for Arsenal, such as goalkeeper
Jose Reina as well as defenders Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique. These players will definitely help
Liverpool and with them in the lineup they should be able to perform well against the Gunners. This
should be a close game on the scoreboard with Arsenal hanging onto their lead over Liverpool via a win
Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of an Arsenal win at 7/5 with a Liverpool victory at 21/10 and a draw at 21/10.