Liverpool v Arsenal Betting Tips
A win in the Community Shield and victory in an opening day thriller against Leicester had Arsenal fans feeling optimistic about the season ahead.
Then Stoke away happened.
Mistakes from the officials certainly didn’t help but Arsenal were their own worst enemies during their 1-0 loss at the Bet365 Stadium. The Gunners now have to improve significantly when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool have their own defensive concerns and they’ll be a little tired after their midweek Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim but they’ve got the quality to punish any more sloppiness in the Arsenal defense.
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Arsenal fans will tell you that there were many reasons why last season was the first time they failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four under Arsene Wenger.
But what really stands out what their poor form against the league’s best teams.
They won just one of their eight games against last year’s top four including two defeats against Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s men will take confidence from that and while they’ll have to be at their best on Sunday, the 6/5 that William Hill are quoting looks a very good price on Liverpool to win.
Despite those eight games against the top four only yielding five points for Arsenal, they only failed to score in one of them.
That tells you that they’ve got quality attackers but also that their defense needs serious work. It also suggests that bets on both teams to score (8/15 with Coral) and over 3.5 goals (13/8 with Betfair) could pay dividends.
This has traditionally been one of the most entertaining fixtures in the Premier League. With defensive troubles for both teams and a plethora of world class attacking talent, there is no reason to believe Sunday’s game will buck that trend.
We think Liverpool will edge a thriller so try a bet on the home side winning 3-2 at 22/1 with Bet365.
Liverpool and Arsenal share problems dealing with set pieces.
While both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger bristle at any suggestion that they should do more work on the training ground to improve their record defending dead balls you can be sure they’ll try to exploit them from an attacking perspective on Sunday.
Away from set pieces and these two are both capable of some wonderful passing football.
Liverpool are a little better when it comes to injection some pace into their passing and the Arsenal defence will need to ensure they don’t find themselves out of position or the home side will quickly create chances out of nothing.
“We came out and didn't defend properly. That's where we are not forgivable.” https://t.co/VKmf5VCqQl— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 20, 2017
Wenger will hope to be able to call on Alexis Sanchez who should have recovered from his abdominal problem. The Chilean’s presence in the starting XI will be a significant boost for Arsenal and he could well replace the much maligned Mesut Ozil.
The German came in for serious criticism following a supposed lack of effort last week against Stoke. Ozil has become something of scapegoat for Arsenal’s problem but the energy with which Liverpool play will make him look even more lackadaisical than normal and Wenger may feel he will be a liability against Liverpool’s pressing game.
- These two clubs first met all the way back in 1893
- The last three match ups have yielded 17 goals with Liverpool winning two and drawing the other
- Liverpool have lost just two of their last 28 home games in the Premier League
- Arsenal lost all of their away games against the four teams who finished above them in last year’s league table
Liverpool – Mignolet; Lovren, Matip, Flanagan, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Mané, Salah, Firmino
Arsenal – Cech; Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Elneny; Welbeck, Sanchez, Lacazette