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FA Cup

  • January 6, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 44556

Liverpool - Oldham Athletic Preview: Visitors looking for first win at Anfield in nearly 100 years

Liverpool - Oldham Athletic Preview: Visitors looking for first win at Anfield in nearly 100 years

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The FA Cup kicks off for the Reds against the League One side, with Paul Dickov's outfit hoping to cause early upset, as Kenny Dalglish's team try to end difficult week on a high



Kelly, Coates, Carragher, Aurelio
Maxi, Shelvey, Gerrard, Downing
Kuyt, Bellamy

Lee, Diamond, Clarke, Black
Taylor, Adeyemi, Furman, Morais

As with most of the top-flight teams this upcoming week, Liverpool will be set to give opportunities for their youngsters and fringe players a chance to shine.

The likes of Sebastian Coates and Jonjo Shelvey should get starts as they look to grab any opportunity to impress manager Kenny Dalglish.

Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez have hovered on the fringes for the Reds this season and a good showing against the League One side might do them some favours in getting back into first-team action.

Latics boss Paul Dickov will most likely put out his strongest side as he is the first manager given the opportunity to nab an early cup upset, with Finnish striker and Oldham’s top scorer this season Shefki Kuqi expected to take centre stage up top, whilst Dean Furman will lead the north west side out at Anfield.

  • Liverpool made it to their first FA Cup final back in 1914, but lost 1-0 to Burnley.
  • The Reds were successful in the competition for the first time during the Bill Shankly years, winning their first FA Cup title in 1965.
  • In current boss Kenny Dalglish’s (pictured right) reign as player-manager, the Scot picked up the trophy twice.
  • Oldham have never reached the final of the cup, but have been semi-finalists on three occasions, last reaching the penultimate round in 1994.
  • One of Oldham’s most successful managers in their history, David Ashworth, took control of Liverpool just prior 1920.
  • Latics boss Paul Dickov is a former Manchester City favourite.
  • The Latics last won at Anfield in 1914 and have won just six times in their last 29 games together.
  • Oldham were one of the founding teams of the Premier League.
  • Former Liverpool goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis moved from Merseyside in the summer to Oldham, but is yet to appear for the side.
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Players to watch

C. Bellamy

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Welshman has worked wonders recently for Liverpool, especially after making the vital difference against Newcastle United last Friday and was unlucky not to have taken the man of the match tag thanks to his captain’s cameo appearance.

Bellamy will be looking to do much of the same as he did last week: getting into great positions to poach chances, whilst being a menace for the Oldham defence to keep track of.

S. Kuqi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker has scored 13 goals in all competitions so far this season and will no doubt love an opportunity to steal the limelight on Friday evening with further goals to add to his growing tally.

Most likely to be playing solo up top, Kuqi will try to wreak havoc amongst the Reds defence and look to pull off an upset at Anfield.   

Editor's Prediction

The third round of the FA Cup always springs a surprise result or two and Liverpool know only too well about them. However, with the Reds’ strong reserves aching for some game time, the plucky visitors will likely be no match for the hosts and the Premier League giants should easily progress.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Oldham Athletic AFC OLD
Oldham Athletic AFC Oldham Athletic

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
9 - 0
Oldham Athletic AFC OLD
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Oldham Athletic AFC OLD
Liverpool FC LIV
4 - 0
Oldham Athletic AFC OLD