Liverpool aims for League Cup semi-finals, Barca waits to surpass Atletico

The 0-0 draw against MU in round 18 of the Premier League caused Liverool to lose the top spot to Arsenal. It was also the only match since the beginning of the season that Liverpool did not win at home at Anfield.

However, the focus of coach Jurgen Klopp and his team is now on this match, or otherwise on the match against Arsenal on Christmas evening.

The draw with MU was the first time Liverpool did not win at home this season

The fact that Liverpool is losing 6 players due to injury means coach Klopp will accept a bit of rotation to preserve the fitness of the pillars. In addition, he is also wondering about the form of some players. Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez are playing very poorly while Dominik Szoboszlai has started to lose form since the draw with Man City.

West Ham is not sure if they will field their main squad in this match. They just won big against Wolverhampton to move up to 8th in the Premier League rankings, but when they play away from home, they are unstable.

David Moyes did not lose as much troops as Liverpool but will still have to adjust due to Michail Antonio's injury. Anyway, he will play some substitutes like Cornet, Fornals and Benrahma because these players are not in bad shape. .

The last 7 matches welcoming West Ham at Anfield all ended with a victory for Liverpool and if West Ham only fielded the B squad, the possibility of that number would increase to 8. The value of the big battle against Arsenal is much greater, but Liverpool There is still significant force depth compared to West Ham's reserve team, as mentioned, only the attack is of good quality.

Barcelona – Almeria: 1:00 a.m., December 21, round 18 of La Liga

Times have changed dramatically in less than a year. Almeria in February this year shocked Barcelona, also their first victory against the home team at the Nou Camp, and then safely survived relegation but are now bottom of the La Liga table with 5 points and seem not strong enough. escape this time.

But Barca has also lost form and is far behind by their small neighbor Girona, now the defending champions are worried about keeping their place in the top 4.

Barcelona needs a victory to calm their spirits

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In addition to their unstable performance, Barcelona is losing a number of important players such as goalkeeper Ter Stegen, midfielder Gavi and recently Pedri, while Frenkie De Jong is suspended for this match due to having enough cards. However, Almeria also lost a number of important players including captain midfielder Lucas Robertone (suspended) and striker Luis Suarez (injured).

Almeria is the ideal opponent for Barcelona to vent their anger at this time because they are not only weak but also lack troops while Barca is playing at home. Atletico Madrid being held to a draw by Getafe is an opportunity for Barca to temporarily move up to third in the rankings, and tonight they will take advantage.

Probable teams:

Barcelona: Pena, Kounde, Christensen, Araujo, Cancelo, Romeu, Gundogan, Felix, Yamal, Raphinha, Lewandowski.

Almeria: Maximiano, Chumi, Montes, Gonzalez, Akieme, Baba, Lopy, Pozo, Arribas, Baptistao, Embarba.

Prediction: Barcelona wins 4-0.

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