Liverpool hosts Arsenal in the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, January 13th at Anfield (Liverpool)
Jurgen Klopp's team defeated Norwich (3-0), Preston (2-0), and Leicester City (3-3 and 5-4 on penalties) on their way to the semifinals. Liverpool has been on a decline since mid-December. The Reds have not won in regulation time in four games in all tournaments. In the previous two rounds of the Premier League, they earned only one point in the matches against Leicester (0-1) and Chelsea (2-2). Klopp's footballers broke their winless streak on January 9 in the FA Cup 1/32 final against Shrewsbury Town (4-1). The hosts of Anfield conceded first but quickly rectified the situation thanks to goals from 17-year-old Cade Gordon, Fabinho (brace), and Roberto Firmino.
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Mikel Arteta's team beat West Bromwich (6-0), Wimbledon (3-0), Leeds United (2-0), and Sunderland (5-1) in the current League Cup. Arsenal showed great results at the end of 2021 and had a streak of five consecutive victories in all tournaments. The beginning of the new calendar year was not successful for the Gunners. On January 1, they lost at home to Manchester City (1-2) and broke their 11-match streak unbeaten at home. On January 9, Arsenal suffered one more defeat. Arteta's team was weaker than Nottingham Forest in the away match of the FA Cup 1/32 finals (1-0). The Gunners lost due to a goal conceded in the 83rd minute.
Liverpool and Arsenal have already crossed paths in the 2021/22 season. On November 20, the Reds hosted the Gunners in the 12th round of the Premier League. The home team sent four unanswered goals to the opponents' net through the efforts of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, and Takumi Minamino. Head-to-head matches at Anfield almost always please the fans with a large number of goals scored. If we look at the previous 11 games in the Premier League and the League Cup, at least four goals were recorded ten times. Pre-match odds allow for a continuation of this trend. Liverpool and Arsenal lost some of the leaders because of the CON in Cameroon, and this could make the upcoming match more open. In addition, the sides have been showing productive football in recent weeks. Five out of six previous matches of the Reds and four out of five meetings of the Gunners ended with Over 2.5 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored