Pretty much fresh off a Premier League battle, Liverpool and Arsenal will take the pitch once again and switch locations to the Emirates Stadium for Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie between the English rivals.
The Reds smacked Arsenal all over the Anfield pitch on Feb. 8 in a 5-1 Liverpool win, as the Gunners were embarrassed when presented with a chance to keep pace at the top of the league.
Since, it's been more of the same for Brendan Rodgers' squad as they pulled out a thrilling win over Fulham last week.
However, Arsenal continued to struggle. They were unable to put Manchester United away in a scoreless draw.
A lot of different implications come into place for this matchup, given it's circumstances. Let's break it all down and all of the match details.
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England
When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. GMT)
Watch: Fox Sports 2
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go
Top Storyline: Priorities, Recent Memories Will Certainly Affect Match
These two clubs come into Sunday's match with very different levels of momentum, but that's not the only area they differ.
Arsenal come into the match much more concerned with their upcoming round of 16 Champions League match with Bayern Munich in midweek. The showdown with Munich will be Arsenal's third game in eight days, so rest will be a major concern.
The Mirror's John Cross was on hand for Arsene Wenger's press conference Friday, when he elaborated a little on the situation. Cross offered his own translation:
#afc Wenger says he will play a team "with a good opportunity" to win. "Will I rest 1, 2 or 3 players? I don't know yet." That's a yes, then— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 14, 2014
He apparently wasn't wrong. Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reports Wenger could rest Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and even goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for the Liverpool match.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have little to no such worries to think about. There's no Champions League for them—they didn't qualify.
After such struggles in recent seasons, chasing an FA Cup is more coveted than usual at Anfield. Winning the league title—although still possible—is less likely for Liverpool than it is for the Gunners at this point. With nothing guaranteed for next season, any silverware will be welcomed.
Of course, there is also that dominating, one-sided—and if you're Arsenal, embarrassing—match back on Feb. 8 when Liverpool ran the Gunners out of Anfield.
Wenger's squad was a shambles all 90 minutes, and Rodgers gave some harsh words toward his upcoming opponent, according to Express' Paul Joyce:
“You could see Arsenal were nervous in the game the other night, you could see it against Manchester United, you can sense that,” said Rodgers.
“It’s never easy when you get exposed like that but mainly it was down to our brilliance on the day really. We were outstanding."
Liverpool's attack was at its best against Arsenal the last time around, but it certainly will be easier said than done on Sunday. The Reds will be in a hostile environment at the Emirates, where the Gunners play awfully well and hardly ever lose.
There are very few cases in which an Arsene Wenger-coached team, with as much talent as this one, would lose to the same club twice in a short span. But this is one of them.
With Arsenal looking forward at the prospect of potentially winning a Champions League, it's obvious Wenger will be making some personnel decisions counterproductive to his squad's chances of success against a team playing so well right now. Liverpool are showing incredible form currently, and their increased level of motivation will simply be too much for the Gunners.
Arsenal have too much talent not to keep it close, but Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge will pull through with the winner to quieten the Emirates.
Arsenal 1, Liverpool 2