3rd Jan, 2024 @ 12:51 pm
Global bookmaker 1xBet talks about the 1/32 FA Cup main match, which will take place on January 7 in London.
The Arsenal-Liverpool pair would not have surprised anyone in the FA Cup final, but a blind draw brought together the contenders for the Premier League title already in the tournament's third round.
Arsenal learned to play against Liverpool
For Mikel Arteta, the FA Cup is a lucky tournament. In 2020, he led Arsenal to the trophy just months after his appointment. The Spaniard went on to win two more titles, winning the FA Super Cup twice on penalties.
Arsenal and Liverpool fight for the Premier League title and recently played a controversial match at Anfield, which ended with a score of 1-1. Then, Jurgen Klopp's team had a noticeable advantage throughout the game but was unable to put the squeeze on their opponent. However, cup tournaments have their own scenario, so at Emirates, the teams will start the match from scratch.
The sides will approach the important match well-rested. The Reds will have six days to recover from the January 1 game with Newcastle, and for the Gunners, it will be the first game in 2024.
The Londoners have a home-pitch factor on their side: they have won 10 of their 13 matches at the Emirates this season and lost just once - in the recent game against West Ham.
Mikel Arteta finally found the key to an inconvenient opponent. Jurgen Klopp's team has dominated Arsenal in all competitions for many seasons. Still, the Londoners achieved one win and two draws in the last three head-to-head meetings with the Merseysiders. Before this unbeaten run began, the Gunners had failed to beat Liverpool in eight matches in a row.
Liverpool kicks off in season’s fourth tournament
Arsenal has already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup, but Liverpool continues to fight in all tournaments and claims the English treble. Jurgen Klopp's team leads the Premier League title race and has reached the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Don't forget about the Europa League, where the Reds are one of the main favorites.
Liverpool's problem may be their mediocre performance outside Anfield. Of the strong opponents, only Newcastle managed to beat, although the Merseysiders rarely lose away. If you do not consider the Europa League, they lost only in a scandalous match on the Tottenham pitch in the first half of the season, in which they earned two sendingoffs.
What to expect
The Arsenal v Liverpool match promises to be exciting but not necessarily productive. Mikel Arteta faced Jurgen Klopp four times in cup competitions, resulting in three draws and four goals scored in normal time. In cup matches, teams have no room for error, and two equal opponents will probably play with an eye on their own goal.