Kick-off: 2000, 28/09/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool put a dent in Chelsea’s title aspirations last weekend and can now see off another pretender to their throne in Arsenal.
The Gunners are going in the right direction under Mikel Arteta but still look vulnerable on the road and face a fifth straight Premier League defeat at Anfield.
With the Reds having won this corresponding fixture 5-1, 4-0 and 3-1 twice over the past four years, 5/4 they oblige by more than one goal again is our first Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool admittedly enjoyed the rub of the green at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea had Andreas Christensen sent off, missed a penalty and gifted Sadio Mane his second goal.
However, the Reds were on the front foot from the outset in that 2-0 triumph and always looked the better team.
Thiago Alcantara earned rave reviews for his 45-minute cameo in the second half and is expected to add another dimension to last season’s runaway champions.
Assistant manager Pep Lijnders said: “With signings, you have direct improvements – you put them into the game and things happen – but indirect development is the most important.
“Because Thiago is so calm and he plays so many creative passes, all the other players start playing like that.
“This is the power of example, the power of models. He will not only improve our game but improve all the other players.”
That is an ominous warning to the chasing pack and one player sure to benefit from playing in front of a more creative midfield is Roberto Firmino.
The Brazil forward already has a good record versus the Gunners, scoring eight times in the last nine league meetings.
Last Liverpool EPL line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal fans are understandably getting excited by the progress made since Arteta’s arrival and his bare results give genuine cause for optimism.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea were beaten in a run of eight wins in 11 games at the end of last season, which culminated in FA Cup glory.
So far this term, the Gunners have edged out the Reds on penalties in the Community Shield, beaten Fulham and West Ham in the league and knocked Leicester out of the EFL Cup.
“The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving,” said Arteta. “We want to evolve more and play better and compete better.”
However, while that all makes impressive reading, Arsenal were visually underwhelming when scraping a 2-1 victory over West Ham in this competition.
The Hammers had 14 attempts on goal at Emirates Stadium, twice as many as their hosts, and created the better chances, with Michail Antonio heading against the bar and scuffing a close-range effort.
Against far more clinical opponents, a sometimes flakey defence will surely be made to pay for any lapses in concentration.
Let’s finish off our Liverpool vs Arsenal betting tips by taking 10/1 for a 3-1 home victory.
Last Arsenal EPL line-up: Leno, Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Kolasinac, Saka, Ceballos, Xhaka, Lacazette, Willian, Aubameyang.
Last Premier League result:
Chelsea 0-2 LIVERPOOL – Sadio Mane (2)
ARSENAL 2-1 West Ham – Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah
Head-to-head: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool, Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal, Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal, Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
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