The weekend’s FA Cup matches conclude at Boundary Park on Sunday afternoon as League One Oldham Athletic host seven times winners Liverpool.
The two sides met in last season’s competition, with the Reds running out 5-1 winners having gone a goal down in the third round tie at Anfield.
The hosts, who have lost the three league games since beating Nottingham Forest in the last round, are without midfielder Dean Furman, who is with South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations, with life-long Liverpool fan James Wesolowski set to wear the captain’s armband in his absence.
Top scorer Jose Baxter, who is on loan from Everton, is priced at 15.0 (14/1) with Bet 365 to get the first goal of the game.
Paul Dickov’s men are 15.0 (14/1) with Bet 365 to win the match, with Liverpool 1.29 (2/7) with Paddy Power. The draw is widely available at 6.5 (11/2).
Liverpool, who edged past non-league Mansfield Town in round 3, go in to the game in good form having won four of their last five games in all competitions.
Glen Johnson is doubtful with a hamstring injury, with Jose Enrique side-lined with a similar issue. Brad Jones is set to continue in goal.
Luis Suarez has 20 for the season so far, and is unsurprisingly favourite to open the scoring at a best price of 3.5 (5/2), whilst Daniel Sturridge, who has scored in each of his three appearances for the Reds so far is 4.33 (10/3) with Bet 365.
England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he is certainly not worried about the fitness of captain Steven Gerrard ahead of the crucial match with Sweden at the Euro 2012.
England only managed a 1-1 draw with France in the opening group game. Steven Gerrard was extremely influential in the match after he was responsible for the goal scored by Joleon Lescott in the first half. Even though France equalised through Samir Nasri, England were praised for their hardfought display that was reminiscent of the way Chelsea won the Champions League this season. After the match, there was certain doubts that Steven Gerrard would be unable to make it into the Sweden game due to the exertions from the France match.
Hodgson has confirmed to Liverpool news website that Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker are not 100% at the moment, but he has said that both will be most likely to make it to the Sweden game. Due to the absence of Frank Lampard, the presence of Steven Gerrard in the midfield becomes even more important. However, due to the fact that both players are over the age of 30, their recovery times are much less than younger players according to Roy Hodgson.
“Scott’s 31 and Steven 32, we’re not talking about old players. Certainly Sweden have players considerably older than our team and I think I heard that we are the third youngest squad in the tournament. Age doesn’t bother me, obviously when you go into the third game you are going to be concerned for all your players, not just Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker. You’re going to be concerned for them all whatever age they are because three games played in Ukraine in heat takes it out of everybody,” said Roy Hodgson after the 1-1 draw with France.