EPL 2012-13: Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview

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EPL: Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview
London, Jan 30: Liverpool are coming into this game after an embarrassing defeat to League One side Oldham in the FA Cup on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers side travel to play probably their biggest game this season against Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Reds have never beaten a team above them this season and moreover this seems to be the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to level in points with Gunners, who are a place ahead with 37 points.

Arsene Wenger's side went through similar problems against lower league sides, crashing out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of League Two side Braford City.

Both teams are struggling to maintain a level of consistency. Arsenal are on a run of two wins in five league games, including two losses against Chelsea and Manchester City while Liverpool have had three wins in five, losing the rest two games.

Arsenal's 10 wins so far is their worst record since Arsene Wenger took over the club in 1996. But Liverpool seem to be moving in the right direction, constantly moving up the table.

The Reds have been boosted by the arrival of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea. The England international could become the first Liverpool player to score on each of his first three Premier league appearances.

Arsenal welcome skipper Thomas Vermaelen, who is available after recovering from an ankle injury. Wenger may recall Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla to starting line-up.

Rodgers will delighted to see Pepe Reina, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson return to fitness for Liverpool.


*This is the 214th meeting between the two clubs. Liverpool won 82 times to Arsenal's 76.

*Liverpool last won at Arsenal for the first time in 11 and a half years last season.

*Luis Suarez is the first Liverpool player to reach 20 goals in a season before the end of January since Michael Owen 11 years ago.

*Theo Walcott has 17 goals this season, his best-ever tally including career high 10 Premier league goals.

Probable Line-ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Walcott

Liverpool (4-3-3): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez

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