Less than three months have passed since AC Milan defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the Champions League Final in Athens. Tonight, however, both the Anfield club and Arsenal kick off their quest for European Cup glory in the third qualifying round against Toulouse and Sparta Prague respectively.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is expected to name an unchanged side following Sunday’s 2-1 Premiership victory against Fulham, in which Adidas Predator Absolute Power wearer Robin Van Persie and Alexander Hleb (Puma V.106) opened their new season goal accounts. The North London club will be hoping that Nike Mercurial Vapor III duo Nicklas Bendter and Theo Walcott can come off the bench to give added firepower to the strike force, which is lacking the injured Eduardo da Silva (Nike Mercurial Vapor III) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Adidas +F50 Tunit)
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is likely to continue his rotation policy by recalling Puma V.106 wearer Peter Crouch, possibly at the expense of Dirk Kuyt (Adidas Predator Absolute) or Fernando Torres and his Nike Total 90 Lasers. We here at Footy-Boots.com believe that Benitez would be wise to use Andriy Voronin (Adidas Predator Absolute) to unlock a Toulouse defence which kept a clean sheet in its defeat of French Champions Lyon on Saturday.