Since Arsenal upped sticks to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, Liverpool have yet to register an away victory over them in any competition. They’ve met in the Premier League, Carling Cup and Champions League, yet still that elusive first win in the stadium awaits the Merseysiders.
And despite 54 goals flying in between theses sides in their past 15 meetings, an average of 3.6 goals per game over the past five seasons, don’t bank on a goal-fest at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. These statistics portray an inaccurate tale when it comes to their recent meetings in north London, where Liverpool and Arsenal tend to battle out cagey affairs.
The inflated goal ratio actually stems from a specific quartet of meetings, all four of which came at Anfield. A bizarre 6-3 win for Arsenal in the Carling Cup in 2007; a Peter Couch-inspired 4-1 Premier League win for Liverpool in the same year, the 4-2 Champions League triumph for the Reds in 2008; and the Andrey Arshavin show in the unforgettable 4-4 draw in 2009. These Anfield encounters, which total 28 goals, account for more than half of the aforementioned 54 strikes.
Of the last ten Premier League meetings, however, there have been five 1-1 draws, four of which have taken place in north London. With the Gunners still getting to grips with the loss of Cesc Fabregas and the inevitable departure of Samir Nasri, and with Kenny Dalglish needing more games for his new-look team to gel, expect another tight duel between the sides this weekend.
Only one goal to be scored at 15/4 is tempting, but on only one occasion in their past 15 meetings has a single goal been scored between the two sides, in either stadium. Therefore, the best price on offer from bwin ahead of Arsenal’s Emirates opener against Liverpool is two goals to be scored at 13/5.
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