Kick-off: 1730, 29/12/2018
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Liverpool vs Arsenal
Liverpool have taken over as odds-on favourites for the Premier League title and will seek a ninth straight win in this competition when entertaining Arsenal.
The Gunners were the last team to take points off the Reds in a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium, but are not as strong on the road.
We like 5/4 for the leaders to prevail by more than one goal for our opening Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction, having obliged 4-0 in this fixture last term.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool brushed aside Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day, storming six points clear at the summit following Manchester City’s surprise loss at Leicester.
Dejan Lovren opened the scoring with a superb half-volley, Mohamed Salah struck from the penalty spot and Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho improved the Reds’ goal difference late on.
Ahead of a potentially pivotal few days, Lovren told the club website: “We play every game like a final.
“It’s what we learned in previous seasons; it doesn’t mean anything if you win and then the next game you don’t do well.
“So, we’ll forget this game and next concentrate on Arsenal. That’s what keeps us going.
“We have big character in the squad. If you want to be at the top, you need to have the winning mentality and the calmness.
“There are two tough games now; Arsenal and Man City. We need to keep this momentum.”
Roberto Firmino has a good record against the Gunners, netting five times in the last six head-to-head meetings.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Arsenal odds, the Brazil forward appeals at 9/2 to break the deadlock.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Shaqiri.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal slipped 13 points off the pace when held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton at Amex Stadium, where Jurgen Locadia pounced on a mistake by Stephan Lichtsteiner to cancel out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener.
The Gunners were beaten 3-2 at Southampton when previously venturing away from home and a long injury list at the back has definitely taken its toll.
Unai Emery admitted: “We need more, but we need more from everybody and we need more also in our demanding ideas and we need to continue working on things.
“Mistakes are not only one player, or two players, or three players, but maybe also in the ideas.
“We need to improve defensively, because we are scoring a lot of goals but we need to get better in the defensive moments and concede less goals and less chances for the opposition.”
The Reds are better equipped than any other team to expose such weaknesses right now, so 10/1 for a 3-1 home win is added to our Liverpool vs Arsenal betting tips.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Kolasinac, Ozil, Torreira, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
LIVERPOOL 4-0 Newcastle – Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah (pen), Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho
Brighton 1-1 ARSENAL – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Head-to-head: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool, Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal, Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
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