On Wednesday, January 30, Arsenal hosts Liverpool in midweek fixtures of Premier League. Both sides occupy consecutive position in the league table with Arsenal leading by 3 points.
Both sides registered impressive wins in the previous Premier League fixture scoring 5 goals each. But if Last week's FA cup outings are looked at there seems a cause of worry for both managers.
Arsenal survived a scare to qualify for the next round. Liverpool on the other hand lost to Oldham leaving manager Brendan Rodgers with lots of unanswered questions.
Arsene Wenger would be delighted with the form of Oliver Giroud after netting 4 goals in 2 games. Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski will feature along with Giriud. In the midfield Santi
Cazorla nad Jack Wilshere would be the key man with Abou Diaby playing the holding role. Tomas Rosicky and Oxlade Chamberlain could have a role to play later in the match.
Thomas Vermaelen is expected to return after injury but Arsene Wenger is likely to start with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as his central defence partnership.
Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna will be the wide men.
Liverpool had a comfortable 3-0 victory against QPR.Luis Suarez scored twice and Daniel Agger added the third. For Liverpool it will be important to build up on this victory with consecutive wins.History points to routine victory for Liverpool with Sunderland failing to win on any of their last 14 trips to Anfield.
Jose Enrique would be adoubt for this clash. Stewart Downing would fill the gap. Luis Suarez would be the lone striker. Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey would support Suarez . Joe Allen and Lucas would play the holding midfielder. Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger, Skrtel and Stewart Downing will for the defense for Liverpool.
Sunderland were disappointed after loss to Spurs last week. They will miss captain John O'Shea for this match. Titus Bramble will replace him in defense. Sunderland have remained unbeaten this season whenever Steven Fletcher has scored. He would be the lone striker up front.
A 3-2 victory over Liverpool last season was the turning point for QPR in survival battle.They fought back from two goals down to score three in the final 15 minutes. Harry Redknapp will be looking for his second victory as QPR manager. For this match Harry Redknapp will be without strikers Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora. Captain Park Ji Sung will be out due to knee injury.Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, full-back Nedum Onuoha and defender Ryan Nelsen are also doubts for this game.
Djibril Cisse will be the loan striker up front. Jamie Mackie, Taarabt and Shaun Wright Phillips will offer support to Cisse.Stephane Mbia and Alejandro Faurlin will be the holding midfielders.Fabio, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill and Armand Traore will be the defense for Harry Redknapp. Rob Green will be the goal keeper. For QPR Adel Taarabt has transformed into a different player.Slotted behind the striker he responded with two goals that gave QPR's first victory of the season.He will be the player to watch for QPR.
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Brendan Rodgers Liverpool host Paul Lambert's Aston Villa in this week's Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield.