Saturday 24 August: 5.30pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Liverpool have had a busy season already but at the time of writing this preview sit top of the Premier League. They have a 100% record after beating Norwich City and Southampton but so have their opponents. Arsenal don’t always get off to a good start but have wins over Newcastle United and Burnley. Now they travel to Anfield looking for a win and to go to the top of the table.
Liverpool have had a busy time thanks to their success last season. A Community Shield game at Wembley, two league wins and a European Super Cup triumph in Istanbul. Not a bad start to the season but they face a tough challenge in this Saturday tea-time clash with Arsenal. They are the top two in the table at the time of writing but that is likely to change by the time this game begins.
The Reds have six points from their two league games played so far. Not wanting to insult Norwich City and Southampton, it’d have been a surprise if they hadn’t won both of those games. Liverpool didn’t have the easiest of preseasons with players missing and no big signings.
That hasn’t stopped them playing some impressive football in August. They only lost to Manchester City on penalties in the Community Shield. Their opening league game saw them blast four goals past Norwich City in the first half. They went on to win that game 4-1 making it 41 home league games without defeat.
Next up they went to Istanbul to beat Chelsea in the European Super Cup, this time getting the better of a penalty shoot-out. Three days later they were in Southampton but tired or not, they beat the Saints 2-1. That made it a club record 11 straight Premier League wins. It’s 8/15 (1.52) at Betfair that they complete a dozen consecutive wins with victory over Arsenal.
Last term Arsenal began the season with two league defeats but it’s been the exact opposite this time around. That’s not been the only shock at the Emirates in recent weeks.
Some Arsenal fans are still in shock at the amount of money spent by the Gunners in the transfer window. Perhaps when they see next year’s season ticket prices they might realise what’s going on. £72 was spent on Nicholas Pepe and he’s not even a Barcelona or Real Madrid reject. Will he be the player that can get Arsenal back in the top four? Arsenal are 1/1 (2.0) at Betfred to finish in the Champions League places.
So far he has only played 64 minutes in the two opening games, coming on as a very dear substitute. He’s shown some signs of why so much money has been spent on acquiring him. Arsenal haven’t had the toughest of opposition in their opening couple of league matches. They won 1-0 at Newcastle United and then defeated Burnley 2-1 at home. This is tougher and the odds of them winning at Anfield are 5/1 (6.0) if your bet is placed at Ladbrokes. What is important for them is to put up more of a fight against top teams, that would show some progress is being made.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against Arsenal. Four of those games ended in draws and the odds of another stalemate are 18/5 (4.6) at Coral. The Reds have won their last three home matches against the Gunners scoring 12 goals. They have scored at least twice in their last six home games against Arsenal. It’s
Allison is still injured so Liverpool will continue to have new goalkeeper Adrian between the posts. Naby Keita is also on the injury list for the home side. Arsenal have hinted that Nicholas Pepe may start his first game for the club. He’s 10/3 (4.33) at Bet365 to score in this match. More good news is that Granit Xhaka is back in full training for Arsenal.
This is a fixture that always seems to produce goals. Six of the last seven meetings have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. With Liverpool having home advantage, a bet on them winning this game with over 2.5 goals being scored looks a good bet. The odds on that happening are 10/11 (1.91) at Paddy Power.