Brendan Rodgers fielded Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Martin Skrtel for Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Boundary Park, although his Liverpool team were embarrassed by Oldham Athletic, with the League One side triumphing 3-2.
The manager will make wholesale changes for Wednesday night’s trip to the Emirates Stadium and that will include Pepe Reina, Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing returning to the starting line-up as Liverpool look to land a top four place in the Premier League this season.
The Reds sit seven points behind Tottenham Hotspur going into this match and the game against Arsenal represents a chance to draw level with their opponents, although defeat will make qualifying for next season’s Champions League a very difficult prospect.
Can Liverpool bounce back from that Oldham defeat and win this game? You would have to say there is a chance of this happening based on recent Premier League form which has seen the Merseyside team claim eight wins from their past eleven games in all competitions.
The visitors are a 2/1 chance with Coral to get revenge for their 2-0 August defeat at the hands of Arsenal, with Suarez continuing to find the net at every turn and the Uruguayan looks to be benefitting from his new-found partnership with Daniel Sturridge.
William Hill offer 6/1 that Suarez breaks the deadlock and the same price is available that Theo Walcott managed to score the first goal of the game, with the Arsenal forward recently calling upon his team to show more belief as they look to hunt down Spurs and continue to dine at Europe’s top table.
Walcott was the match winner at Brighton on Saturday afternoon after the Championship side had twice pegged back the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger’s team now looking to hit a winning run after beating West Ham 5-1 last week.
Arsenal are 13/10 (bet365) to win this game and some might think this looks a generous price based on the way that West Ham were hammered a few days ago, although Liverpool should present a far sterner test with their first team returning after several had the weekend off.
Aside from a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City, Arsenal have scored in all of their last thirteen matches and are nailed on to find the net at least once in this game. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski are scoring for fun alongside Walcott and that could just tip the balance in their favour as far as this game is concerned.
A 3-1 victory in favour of the home side can be backed at 18/1 and that looks pretty big based on their recent scoring ways, with Rodgers looking for his team to go out and get the win, which could lead to an open match.