For the third time already this season, Liverpool and Arsenal go head to head. The Gunners came up trumps on penalties in the first meeting at Wembley for the Community Shield, while the Reds got their revenge on Monday night, coming from a goal down to win 3-1 at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been relentless at home, going 61 matches unbeaten in the league since the back end of the 2016/17 season, though they have lost in this competition during that time.
An Eden Hazard wonder goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory here back in September 2018, and although that’s the only time they’ve been beaten on home soil in recent years, their League Cup record leaves a lot to be desired.
Liverpool are just W2-D1-L5 dating back to their semifinal run of 2016/17, with both victories coming against lower league opposition MK Dons and Lincoln City, while the stalemate was a 5-5 draw with Arsenal themselves last season, so this is far from a foregone conclusion.
Arsenal To Win And Both Teams To Score
Monday saw Arsenal’s first defeat in seven now stretching back into last season, and despite getting outplayed in that match we’d expect it to be more balanced with different personnel on the field as both managers look to rest players during this condensed fixture list.
Mikel Arteta’s men have a much more positive W7-D3-L2 League Cup record dating back to the beginning of that 2016/17 season and, if anything, their squad depth has only strengthened over those season’s with the array of talent they’ve got coming through.
The beauty of the cup is that, without the superstars on the field, the younger generation get the opportunity to show their worth meaning the result can swing either way. The likes of Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams will all want to showcase their talent, though it’s Arsenal’s youth that has us onside for this clash.
Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah have talent in abundance, while new signing Gabriel Maghalaes should come in, as could William Saliba to shore things up at the back. Amazingly, Liverpool haven’t beaten the Gunners in a domestic cup match since 2001, drawing twice and losing six times since then and we’re inclined to get behind Mikel Arteta’s men on this occasion.
That said, we’d still expect the hosts to net, considering they’ve done so in each of their last 38 home matches across all competitions since a 0-0 draw with Bayern back in February last year.
Eddie Nketieh To Score Anytime
Nketieh has two goals in two starts this season, coming off the bench to score the winner against West Ham just a week ago.
He managed four cup goals last season and has already got off the mark this campaign against Leicester, so at another long enough price he looks worth a punt to find the back of the net.