fun88 เข้าไม่ได้ The return of Martin Skrtel does at least give the Reds a genuine aerial challenge to the dominance of Benteke.

Spurs made few, if any, runs in behind, gifting Villa an easy afternoon, but Brendan Rodgers’s side is, at its best, a vortex of movement, led by the direct running and frightening pace of Raheem Sterling. Aston Villa, which has as many FA Cup wins as the Reds, is starting to hit form under Tim Sherwood. Away from the tactical battles, perhaps what the two giants need fear most is the intangible – those incomprehensible, unpredictable moments that allow Bradford to score four times at Stamford Bridge, or Wigan to topple the country’s richest club. The Gunners have been punished by their complacency in the past – though last season’s success has gone some way to banishing the memories of Bradford City and Birmingham – while the extent to which Wenger, eyeing an automatic Champions League berth for only the second time in five years, feels he can rotate, and how much loyalty he has to his “cup side” could prove crucial.

Wenger has, however, warned of the side’s “offensive potential” and “efficiency on crosses”. Can Arsenal retain the FA Cup for the second time, a double-double only three other teams have achieved? Can Liverpool stop the Gunners from becoming the cup’s outright most successful team? Will Steven Gerrard get a fairy-tale send off?

The Royals offer little threat, wallowing near the bottom of the Championship. Days previously Sherwood had claimed his team was incapable of such a performance – “We are not equipped unfortunately to go anywhere and dig out a result, we have to play open,” he said after QPR bagged three goals at Villa Park – yet that is exactly what the side did against Spurs.

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Yet this still feels like empty platitudes on the part of the French coach. Like Arsenal, though, the extent to which Rodgers feels he can rotate could be key, and the return of the ageing, increasingly one-paced Steven Gerrard has the potential to disrupt the side’s fluidity – especially if it means the increasingly influential Jordan Henderson is pushed out wide.

Any Arsenal upset, therefore, is likely to be of its own doing, not Reading’s. Arsene Wenger’s team is unstoppable at present, recording the longest winning streak seen in the Premier League this season – and, particularly unluckily for Reading, the north Londoners have been near-flawless against the sides below them.

Central to Villa’s revival has been Christian Benteke – who has out-scored every other player in the Premier League since being let off the leash by Sherwood upon his arrival in February – but the entire Villa attack will cause problems for an occasionally disorganized Liverpool back line. The controversy-enveloped winger could terrorize a not-so-agile Villa defense. The former Tottenham boss, fresh from beating his old club (and his successor, Mauricio Pochettino, for the third straight time) has abandoned the rigidity and caution of Paul Lambert and turned the side into a swashbuckling, open, pace-infused delight.

The Gunners, rampaging up the Premier League table, have not lost to a lower-league side since 1999, though Brendan Rodgers faces a trickier test against a resurgent Aston Villa.

Based on their current form in 2015, it is hard to see either Liverpool or Arsenal being denied a 15th and 19th FA Cup final appearance respectively.

It is something of a cliché, but on its day Villa has all the necessary ingredients to beat any side and showed real resolve at White Hart Lane. That is the assumption, at least. On the congested, confined White Hart Lane pitch, many sides have frustrated Spurs – West Ham, Newcastle and Stoke all took three points – but Liverpool will not be so generous on the expansive turf of Wembley.

Come May 30, Wembley Stadium will be decorated entirely in red. They have yet to lose against a side they should, unequivocally, beat – save, perhaps, for away defeats to Swansea and Stoke, and a humbling at home to Monaco. In short, the magic of the cup.

The potential return of Wojciech Szczesny to the starting lineup, for example, risks unsettling a now well organised and frugal back line and would dislodge the player, David Ospina, with the highest win percentage in Premier League history (an astonishing 91.7 percent). Reading, and teams of its ilk, have been chewed up and spat out by this Arsenal side.

In defense, Villa has improved following the return to fitness of Ron Vlaar, who made back-to-back starts for the first time in 2015, but the clean sheet against Spurs paints something of a false picture. At left back Wenger faces a dilemma, with Kieran Gibbs an easy, like-for-like rotation option, but is it a risk to use the rusty Englishman against a Reading right flank responsible for 45 percent of the side’s attacks? And what of Jack Wilshere, is he really ready for such occasion?

Reading’s chances of an upset, then, are slim, but that’s not true of Liverpool’s opponents. The Arsenal boss will know, too, that Steve Clarke earned a 1-1 draw in his last meeting with the club, the goal coming from a right-wing cross.

In fact, no team has picked up more points against bottom-half teams than the Gunners, an incredible 2.65 per game. Nevertheless, that rather spells disaster for a side ranked 36 places below them. Certainly there is pace and explosiveness in Reading’s front line, while no Championship side has averaged more crosses per game (25), with much of that threat coming down the right. Arsenal, so imperious in recent months and on a run of eight straight league victories, ought to steamroller a Reading side still not mathematically assured of safety in the Championship, while Liverpool is a heavy favorite to overcome an Aston Villa team yet to escape a relation dogfight of its own.

Some consider the semifinals – which have handily kept the two remaining Premier League giants apart – such a foregone conclusion that, rather than consider the prospect of a dual giant killing, are instead looking further ahead, preoccupied with potential narratives. Only four teams in the second-tier have conceded more goals, the team is not prolific on the break (netting just one counterattack goal this season – Bournemouth leads the way with five) and, as the second tier’s third “cleanest” team, offers little of the rough-and-tumble, blood-and-thunder ferocity of the lower league sides Arsenal’s artisans might have come unstuck against in the past.

. Saturday’s opponent is ill-equipped to hold out Arsenal’s attack – Clarke himself says the team needs to play “the perfect game” to stand any chance at all – while Reading’s rank of 20th in the Championship for set-piece goals suggests the team is not actually that effective at dispatching crosses and corners it is so inclined to whip in.

On paper, then, Arsenal and Liverpool should be set to go head-to-head over the FA Cup in four weeks’ time – yet football, and this storied competition in particular, loves a surprise

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