The last three full-time fights remained for the Mersisays. Will "Gunners" finally be pleased with the victory?
"Arsenal"Traditionally, in England, on the eve of Christmas, a ten-day football marathon starts. Open it will be on Friday the central match of Round 19, in which Arsenal will try to interrupt the five-match losing streak in the confrontations with Liverpool. To the duel with the Mersey side, the "Gunners" come up after this week's victory over West Ham in the League Cup. Arsene Wenger put on a match with the "hammers" almost reserve squad, focusing on the preparation of the team in the Friday's match.
In the last round of the Premier League, the "Gunners" also played at home against one of the outsiders - "Newcastle", and won a minimal victory with the score 1: 0 thanks to the goal of Mesut Ozil in the middle of the first half. This victory was interrupted by an unsuccessful series of three matches in a row without victories. During this period, Arsenal played a draw with Southampton 1: 1 and West Ham 0: 0, and also lost at home to Manchester United 1: 3. It should be noted that in these matches, the Londoners did not score more goals, including in the previous two home matches. Although in general in the home arena two or more goals, Londoners were celebrated in seven of the nine matches of the championship. In the home arena Arsen Wenger's wards are a formidable force - eight wins in nine matches.
In the standings, "Arsenal" is fifth, just one point behind the fourth "Liverpool", and five - from the third "Chelsea".
In the hospital for the "Gunners" since the start of the season is Santi Cazorla, where he was recently joined by Aaron Ramsey. It is not clear yet whether Olivier Giroux, who suffered a minor injury in the match against West Ham, and Francis Coquelin, can play.
"Liverpool""Liverpool" has a good chance on Friday to gain a foothold in the fourth position, and given that Chelsea have a difficult trip to Everton, it is possible to reduce the gap from the third place. In the League Cup, the Merseyside players did not play, as they completed the performance in the tournament in mid-September after losing to Leicester. Therefore, to prepare for the match with the "Gunners" had five full days.
"Liverpool" has not lost in the Premier League for nine matches in a row, having won for this segment six wins. Interestingly, but lost points "red" during this period only at home, where they played in the last three games in a draw with Chelsea 1: 1, Everton 1: 1 and West Bromwich 0: 0. But on the road team Kloppa, not just defeats his rivals for four consecutive games, and wins with a crushing score. So, in the last round, the Merseyside defeated 4: 0 Bournemouth, and before that there were 5: 1 beats Brighton, 3-0 Stoke City and 4-1 West Ham.
In the infirmary at the "Liverpool" three defenders - Joel Matip, Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Kline. In doubt, participation in the match Daniel Sturridge.