Liverpool v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Arsenal

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Saturday, August 24, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Liverpool rightfully start this game as strong favourites and there isn’t much value in backing an outright victory. However, backing the over 3.5 goals market at 11/10 with Bet365 looks like excellent value given the history of this game. The last seven games have produced 35 goals at an average of five goals a game therefore this a good market to back. Over 10 corners could also be a good market and this has been priced at 5/6 by the same bookmaker.

Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield in what is the standout fixture of the Premier League weekend. After a couple of games, these two sides are the only teams boasting 100% win records and at least one will have to lose that tag by the end of the 90 minutes. This fixture has historically produced thrilling games and fans will be hopeful of a goal-fest on Saturday evening.

Liverpool come into this game off the back of a 4-1 opening day victory over Norwich as well as a hard-fought victory over Southampton. All of the front three have opened their scoring accounts and after a week off the team will be fresh for this one. The Reds weren’t at their best at St Mary’s with the team playing late into the night in Istanbul during the UEFA Super Cup but will raring to go in one of the standout fixtures of the season. A massive motivator will be the chance to write their names into Liverpool history by winning their 12 straight league fixture at Anfield. The famous ground has become a fortress under Jurgen Klopp with the team not losing in the top-flight at home for over two years.

Unai Emery will be looking to write a little history of his own as Arsenal have not won their opening three league games of a season since 2004. That is an amazing stat for a club the size of Arsenal but the investments made over the summer will have Gunners fans feeling that they could really push on and challenge this term. Two hard-fought victories have shown that this team have the fighting qualities they have lacked in previous years with much more to come from the side this time around. Striker Aubameyang has started well netting in both their opening games and if Lacazette can support him then this could be the season where they at least get back into the Champions League having missed out last season.

In team news, Liverpool will still be without star keeper Alisson who remains sidelined with a calf injury. Replacement Adrian seemed to be fine in the last game against Southampton despite being injured by a fan running on the pitch. Despite being the hero in Istanbul and making some excellent saves against the Saints, he did gift a goal to an oncoming Danny Ings and fans will be nervous of a repeat until Alisson comes back. Naby Keita and Nathaniel Clyne continue to be ruled out due to injury but Dejan Lovren could be a part of the matchday squad having recovered from illness.

Unai Emery will need to decide whether he hands a full debut to record signing Nicolas Pepe or uses him sparingly in what is bound to be a highly intense encounter. Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka both face late fitness tests but the two managers will have strong teams to choose from.

In recent meetings Liverpool have dominated this fixture with the Gunners failing to win any of the last eight fixtures between the two. Last season a 1-1 draw at the Emirates was followed by a 5-1 mauling by Liverpool with Roberto Firmino netting a hat trick and Mo Salah and Mane also scoring. Emery will need to tighten up his midfield to give his players a chance by staying in the game as the Reds could be out of sight if they make one of their famous fast starts.

Punter's Pick

Liverpool rightfully start this game as strong favourites and there isn’t much value in backing an outright victory. However, backing the over 3.5 goals market at 11/10 with Bet365 looks like excellent value given the history of this game. The last seven games have produced 35 goals at an average of five goals a game therefore this a good market to back. Over 10 corners could also be a good market and this has been priced at 5/6 by the same bookmaker.

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