Re: Carling Cup picks and previews 2010/2011

Carling Cup Final 27 February

- Sunday -

Arsenal - Birmingham
Wembley Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm
- Previous Carling Cup meeting -
October 14, 1997 Third Round: Arsenal 4 Birmingham 1 (AET).
- Possible Line-ups -
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Denilson, Wilshere, Diaby, Song, Arshavin, Van Persie
Birmingham (4-4-2): Foster, Ridgewell, Jiranek, Johnosn, Carr, Fahey, Gardner, Ferguson, Larsson, Zigic, Martins
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches 29 R4 Y99
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last eight meetings in all competitions against Birmingham. The Gunners will be desperate to end their trophy drought with a win in this one.
Arsenal to win.

Re: Carling Cup picks and previews 2010/2011

Arsenal vs Birmingham

Arsenal's last five:
05/02/11     PRL     Newcastle United     4 - 4     Arsenal
12/02/11     PRL     Arsenal     2 - 0     Wolverhampton …
16/02/11     UCL     Arsenal     2 - 1     Barcelona
20/02/11     FAC     Leyton Orient     1 - 1     Arsenal
23/02/11     PRL     Arsenal     1 - 0     Stoke City

Birmingham's last five:
02/02/11     PRL     Birmingham City     2 - 2     Manchester City
06/02/11     PRL     West Ham United     0 - 1     Birmingham Cit
12/02/11     PRL     Birmingham City     1 - 0     Stoke City
15/02/11     PRL     Birmingham City     0 - 2     Newcastle United
19/02/11     FAC     Birmingham City     3 - 0     Sheffield Wedn…

Head 2 Head:
01/01/11     PRL     Birmingham City     0 - 3     Arsenal
16/10/10     PRL     Arsenal     2 - 1     Birmingham City
27/03/10     PRL     Birmingham City     1 - 1     Arsenal
17/10/09     PRL     Arsenal     3 - 1     Birmingham City
23/02/08     PRL     Birmingham City     2 - 2     Arsenal
12/01/08     PRL     Arsenal     1 - 1     Birmingham City
04/02/06     PRL     Birmingham City     0 - 2     Arsenal
02/10/05     PRL     Arsenal     1 - 0     Birmingham City
15/05/05     PRL     Birmingham City     2 - 1     Arsenal
04/12/04     PRL     Arsenal     3 - 0     Birmingham City

Re: Carling Cup picks and previews 2010/2011

Arsenal v Birmingham

Arsenal

Doubtful: Diaby (calf), Koscielny (back), Van Persie (hamstring)
Injured: Fabianski (shoulder), Fabregas (hamstring), Frimpong (knee), Vermaelen (Achilles), Walcott (ankle)

Birmingham

Doubtful: Hleb (bruised knee), Jerome (ankle), Jiranek (thigh), Ridgewell (calf)
Injured/unavailable: Bentley, Davies & Doyle (all cup-tied), Dann (hamstring), McFadden (knee), Valles (foot)

Facts from the BBC

- Arsenal won the only previous League Cup meeting between the sides; they progressed 4-1 (after extra-time) at Highbury in the third round in 1997.
- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last eight games against Blues (W5, D3).
- The Gunners have scored 13 times and conceded twice in their five League Cup games this season.

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Leading Goalscorers

Arsenal

Nasri: 14 goals (2 in League Cup);
Van Persie: 13 goals (0 in League Cup)

Birmingham

Gardner & Zigic: 7 goals (2 in League Cup)

Re: Carling Cup picks and previews 2010/2011

Here are the norwegian newspaper Dagbladet's predictions for the Carling Cup fixtures on Sunday 27 February:

Arsenal - Birmingham
Prediction: Draw. Under 2.5 goals.

Re: Carling Cup picks and previews 2010/2011

Here are the norwegian TV channel TV2's predictions for the Carling Cup fixtures on Sunday 27 February:

Arsenal - Birmingham
Prediction:  Draw. Over 2.5 goals.