English Premier League – Liverpool vs Arsenal

Preview

Sunday sees the first clash of the season between two of the big six teams as Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield and it already has the feel of a make or break game for Arsenal. Following Arsenal’s shock defeat at the hands of Stoke City last time out, the pressure is already mounting on Arsene Wenger and if he were to lose at Anfield this weekend, his side could conceivably be six points behind the league leaders after just three games. Liverpool also know that if they can beat Arsenal, they can open four point lead over one their Champions League qualification rivals.

Liverpool

Liverpool are unbeaten so far this season in competitive matches, winning three times and drawing once. This week they thrashed TSG Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield to seal their qualification for the group stage of the Champions League and Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted with his team’s performance in that match. Liverpool had a superb record against teams in the top six last season and finished atop of that mini league; it was against teams lower down the division where they struggled. Jurgen Klopp could make changes this weekend, with Andrew Robertson in line to replace Alberto Moreno at left back, but Philipe Coutinho is expected to miss out once more as he continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.

Arsenal

Arsenal were extremely poor last time out against Stoke City as Jese scored the only goal of the game to give The Potters a 1-0 victory. Pressure is already mounting on Arsene Wenger and another defeat at Anfield on Sunday could see a return to the ‘Wenger Out’ banners that we saw so often last season. Arsenal have looked very shaky defensively this season and Wenger has been criticised for playing players out of position, but he is expecting to welcome back star man Alexis Sanchez this weekend. The Chilean will give the team a huge boost and is by far and away their biggest attacking talent.

Talking Points

  1. There have been 20 goals scored in the last four matches between these two sides at Anfield, so expect more goals on Sunday.
  2. Liverpool won both fixtures between these sides last season, but they haven’t won three in a row against Arsenal for almost 20 years.
  3. Arsenal have failed to win any of their last 12 away matches at top six sides, losing seven and drawing 5.

Prediction

This could go either way, but what’s for sure is that there will be goals in this one. Both of these teams have struggled defensively in recent times, with both sides conceding three goals each on the opening weekend of the season. I think we could see a score draw in this one and if I was pushed to pick a correct score line it would be 2-2.

Betting Tips (Bet365)

Liverpool start this game as slight favourites at 23/20, whilst an away win for Arsenal is available at 5/2 and the draw is a tempting 27/10. A bet that looks like decent money to me is the Draw and BTTS at 3/1. Neither side will want to lose this one and I can’t see either team keeping a clean sheet, so that is where my money would be going.Find more odds under www.online-betting.org.

Draw & BTTS (Yes) – 3/1 (Bet365)