Arsenal v Liverpool Betting Tips – 22nd December 2017
Liverpool fans have been treated to some enjoyable matches this season. The Reds can tear through any opponent when in full flow as they showed when beating Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield in August.
Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his team that day and the German will be hopeful of another impressive win over the Gunners when they meet at the Emirates on Friday night.
It’s been a strange season for Arsenal. In addition to the loss at Anfield they’ve tasted defeat four times but they’ve also secured big wins and sit just one point behind Liverpool in fifth.
Fourth spot at the halfway stage of the season would represent a decent return for Arsenal but what chance have they got of reversing their form against Liverpool?
Liverpool to Edge Out Gunners
When talking about Liverpool the first place to turn is inevitably their incredible wealth of attacking talent.
There aren’t many Premier League teams at which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana would have to fight tooth and nail for their place in the starting XI. That’s the situation at Liverpool though who have a scary amount of quality going forwards.
But are we being unfair to Liverpool’s defence by focusing on their attacking power?
It’s now six games in all competitions since the Reds conceded from open play and only five teams have let in fewer goals than Klopp’s men.
Similarly, the Arsenal defence is often criticised but the Gunners have conceded the same number of league goals as Liverpool at 20.
The main problem the Arsenal defence have is keeping the league’s best teams at bay. Both Manchester clubs put three past Wenger’s men and it’s hard to envisage them halting Liverpool’s attacking play.
Then there’s Arsenal’s recent lack of goals. They’ve scored just three in their last four league matches and while they were unfortunate not to score more against Man Utd, their lack ruthlessness in front of goal could well cost them against Liverpool.
Klopp’s men are getting it right more often than not and look the value bet at 19/10 with 888Sport. To win bigger from an away win, the 7/2 Betfair are quoting on Liverpool to win and both teams scoring also looks worth a play.
Expect a Fast Start Under the Friday Night Lights
It’s not just the Arsenal players who will be looking for revenge against Liverpool. The Emirates faithful will be expecting their team to kick on from recent results and prove they are deserving of a place in the top four at Liverpool’s expense.
We think they’ll come up short but fancy the Gunners to make a fast start. Liverpool should be able to return fire which makes a bet on over 1.5 first half goals look worth a play at 7/5 with Coral.
A fast, entertaining start to the match should set the tone and if either side go behind early doors they’ll abandon any plans they had to keep things tight and try to simply outscore the opposition. So, make sure to bet on a goal being scored in both halves at 8/15 with Ladbrokes.
Firmino to Prove Big Game Credentials Again
To play as the striker in a front line comprised of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah must be a joy. But, imagine the pressure on Roberto Firmino’s shoulders.
The Brazilian is not only expected to finish any chances created for him but he had to keep up with the scoring exploits of his fellow forwards at Liverpool.
Firmino is yet to show the effects of that pressure and has come up with the goods in big matches both domestically and on the continent for the Reds. Even with Arsenal paying him special consideration, Firmino has the quality to score another big goal for Liverpool on Friday at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
Proper no.9’s goal that. Firmino’s 13th of the season, his best ever tally for Liverpool. In December.— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) December 17, 2017
Top Betting Tips
Liverpool to win at 19/10 with 888Sport
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 7/2 with Betfair
Over 1.5 first half goals at 7/5 with Coral
Goal to be scored in both halves at 8/15 with Ladbrokes
Roberto Firmino to sore at 15/8 with Paddy Power