Arsenal meets Liverpool in the derby match of EPL Week 36. The venue of the event is Emirates Stadium, the place where Gunners haven’t lost a Premiership game since December 2019. However, they will have new champions across the field, which is a pretty tough task for handling. The hosts are chasing the Europa League spot, and a win here would be a breath of fresh air for them, especially because most of the teams ahead have a nasty schedule in the remaining part of the season.
Arsenal (+280) okayed very well until the recent two games, once they recorded a draw against Leicester at home, 1-1, and lost against Tottenham on the road, even though they had a lead in that event.
The main problem was the composure in the attacks, as they didn’t execute their chances properly, which especially goes for the game against the Foxes.
In eight games, they played since the restart of the activities, only once we haven’t seen a moderate efficiency, meaning two or three goals. That lone one was against Norwich, 4-0.
Liverpool (-110) is playing the remaining part of the season without any pressure. They secured the EPL title recently and are now relaxed. Still, after being trashed in Manchester against City, 4-0, Jurgen Klopp called for maximum focus and underlined that he wouldn’t tolerate lack of motive and discipline.
The Reds played 1-1 against Burnley in the last round, but that is mostly because of the Clarets’ goalkeeper, Nick Pope, who was amazing during those 90 minutes and was driving Liverpool’s attackers insane.
After four straight matches in which both teams haven’t scored, the previous two saw a different outcome. When looking at the efficiency, three games they played ended with over 3.5 goals and three under 2.5.
Callum Chambers, Guendouzi, Leno, Mari, Martinelli, and Nketiah are all out for the home team. It seems that from all these listed players, the biggest handicap for Arteta is the absence of his starting goalkeeper. Mesut Ozil is questionable, but the chances of seeing him on the pitch are pretty low.
Jordan Henderson is sidelined for a long time. Joel Matip is not available also, while James Milner stands as doubtful.
Head to Head Matches
The Reds have 89 wins, while Arsenal posted 78, with 61 events ending with a draw. What is far more interesting is that the Gunners haven’t won against this rival for 10 straight games in all competitions.
They met twice this season, with Liverpool winning the first one at Anfield, 3-1. The second was the English Football League Cup event, which ended 5-5 after a spectacular performance of both sides. Thought, we need to say that both Klopp and Arteta haven’t used their best lineups in that meeting.
We will be courageous here and propose to bet on two or more goals taking place in the first half. The moneyline here is at +125, which is an excellent bargain from our point of view. Arsenal will have to attack, as they have no other option but to go after a win here. Liverpool, in accordance with its nature, will respond for sure.
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