Arsenal boost ahead of Liverpool as key player returns to training
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Arsenal and Liverpool are set to play out the second of two League Cup semi-final legs on Thursday.
The winner of said tie will meet Chelsea in the final for a chance at the first bit of proper silverware up for grabs in England this season.
The first leg, due to a postponement, would be played out at Anfield last week. Arsenal had a torrid start to the match and would be down to 10 men after less than 30 minutes after Granit Xhaka was, to the surprise of few, shown a red card for a stupid challenge.
The Gunners, though, were able to hold out for a 0-0 draw on the evening, leaving things fairly even for the second leg this week.
For more information on the tie, check out the link below:
Arsenal vs Liverpool betting tips: Carabao Cup Semi-final Second Leg preview, predictions and odds
Arsenal boost ahead of Liverpool
Ahead of the game, Arsenal have been handed a boost on the personnel front.
The north Londoners have had a number of issues in their squad of late, which would lead to the north London derby, scheduled to take place this past Sunday, being postponed.
Now though, at least one player who missed that tie could be back, with Goal reporting that Martin Odegaard, who was out with Covid-19, has now returned to training.
It is added that Arsenal are hopeful that some of the players who have been sidelined through injury – such as Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu – could be fit enough to return, whilst Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers are also hopeful of being passed fit:
Martin Odegaard has returned to training (as have others) ahead of Thursday night’s semi-final.
As it stands, Arsenal are in no doubt that the Liverpool game will go ahead, even with Mari and Kolasinac set to leave.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 18, 2022
Hector Bellerin lifts the lid on Arsenal exit and gives his verdict on replacement Takehiro Tomiyasu
Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds