Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
There will be fireworks when Arsenal and Liverpool square off against each other at Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup round 3 derby. The Gunners suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both West Ham and Fulham in the last two league matches and they must be low on spirits ahead of the visit of Liverpool. Mohamed Elneny represents Egypt at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, while all Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, and Jurrien Timber remain on the sidelines with injuries. Gabriel Jesus is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Fulham.
The Reds, on the other hand, produced a brilliant display in a 4-2 win over Newcastle United, but seeing that key attacker Mohamed Salah is on international duty, we are tempted to back Arsenal to win the FA Cup showdown. Wataru Ando is on international duty as well, while all Thiago Alcantara, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, and Konstantinos Tsimikas miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.