Liverpool and Arsenal meet in the last match of Premiership’s round 3, and we can pretty much say that this is the perfect closure of one pretty interesting weekend in England. The two sides already met this year, in the Community Shield, where Gunners defeated the Reds following penalties. Though, this is now a different situation, but the ambitions are the same from both sides. A victory, nothing else.
Liverpool (-200) defeated Lincoln in the EFL Cup this midweek with 7-2, on the road. Klopp gave an opportunity to the younger players, who did a solid job, imposing themselves as a serious option for playing in the games to come. There were some of the older players who aren’t regular in the linuep, and they, too, played ok.
Previously, the Reds met Leeds in the season-opener, having a tough time against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who pushed them to the brink. The champs did win 4-3, but only after a late penalty, and because they had Salah, who scored three times. After that, Liverpool didn’t have too many problems with Chelsea, 0-2, at Stamford, where Sadio Mane shined.
Arsenal (+550) posted four straight wins in competitive matches since the start of the season, and when looking overall, they are looking superb. Arteta had the time to adjust things, and we can see that this group of Gunners’ players has a much higher ceiling. We are free to say that if they continue to play like this, Arsenal will most definitely be among the top four teams in the league.
Their latest win came in Leicester, in the EFL Cup, 0-2, and before that one, they had triumphs over West Ham, 2-1, and Fulham, 0-3, both in the EPL. The fast-paced game, quicks transition and lethal attack are the trademarks of this crew, which brings back memories when Arsene Wenger led this team two decades ago.
They scored at least two goals in the past three games, and in two haven’t allowed one on the other side. Arteta has issues with injuries, but for now, he manages to buffer the consequences of the same.
Liverpool will have to play without Jordan Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Joel Matip, while Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner stand as doubtful for this event.
Arsenal has four guys out for tonight’s clash, Calum Chambers, Emile Smith-Roe, Martinelli, and Shkodran Mustafi. Soares, Tierney, and Sokratis are game-time decisions.
Head to Head Matches
This will be the 231st match between these two famous teams. So far, the Reds have a better record with 89 wins, while Arsenal posted nine fewer, Sixty one game saw no winners.
In recent times, the Gunners had been more successful. They beat Liverpool 2-1 after the season restart, and after that took the Community Shield after a penalty shootout.
As always, we go for high-efficiency once Liverpool plays. In this particular case, having Arsenal as their counterparts only cement our intention to bet on over. 2.5 goals. The odds on that are -200, but for those who feel courageous and willing to take some risk, over 1.5 HT at +120 is a perfect choice.
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