After Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield just before the international break, people were quick to write off the Reds’ chances in this season’s battle for a top-four spot.
Liverpool are five points off the pace, and the expectation seems to be that gap will only grow when they head south to face Arsenal.
The Gunners, 17/20 to beat the Reds, have won nine of their past ten in the Premier League, and are eyeing up second spot.
However, Liverpool are not out of the fight yet, and there’s no shortage of reasons to think they can make good on their 10/3 odds to win at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s horrible record against the big boys
Arsene Wenger’s side might be experts when it comes to disposing of the Premier League’s weaker sides, but they struggle when it comes to facing the teams around them.
In nine games against the rest of the top seven this term, Arsenal have won just twice, losing four.
The Manager of the Month curse
Apparently even Jose Mourinho fears this jinx, which sees the teams managed by the recipient of the Premier League’s monthly gong immediately suffer a slump afterwards.
If it wasn’t enough that Wenger won the March award, Olivier Giroud grabbed the player trophy, presumably doubling the power of the curse.
Liverpool’s recent away brilliance
The Reds have won five of their past six on the road, and have not conceded a single goal during that run.
It is also worth noting that Manchester United (twice) are the only team to have defeated Brendan Rodgers’ side in the league anywhere since the start of December.
The Gunners’ inability to stomach lunchtime kick-offs
Since the start of the 2012/13 season, Arsenal have lost half of the 12 matches they have played at lunchtime on a Saturday.
Liverpool themselves know very well how Wenger’s side can struggle when handed the early kick-off, thrashing the Gunners 5-1 last season.