Ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen is expecting his former club to progress to the final of the Carabao Cup when they face Arsenal in the second leg of their semi-final tie this evening.
While the BT Sport pundit praised the Gunners for their performance in the first leg, he feels they could be undone on the counter-attack at the Emirates:
“I have to admit, I was impressed by Arsenal’s performance last week. To play for so long with ten men and to hold out was frankly, an un-Arsenal type result. Liverpool were impressive against Brentford and should have scored more than the three they did. Salah and Mane are obviously big misses, but Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jota were bright throughout the game. I think Arsenal will have more of the ball, but Liverpool will cause a lot of problems on the break. 2-1 to Liverpool.”
Owen has gone with a 2-1 win to Liverpool, which is a prediction that Reds supporters will be happy with. However, it won’t be an easy game tonight by any stretch of the imagination.
Arsenal have been performing well at home all season, and were unlucky to lose to Manchester City a couple of weeks ago. Injuries and absences due to AFCON will, though, affect how they perform in the cup clash.
Of course, Liverpool will have the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane missing themselves so things do balance out, and it’s likely to be a tightly contested match that could be decided on the finest of margins.