Liverpool and Arsenal meet in the derby of the English Premier League round 12. The two powerhouses are entering this matchup with high hopes, both aiming for a win and an extent of their pretty much positive period. Apart from a defeat against West Ham, Liverpool didn’t have any slips this year, and it was good for the Reds that the international break came immediately following a loss in London. On the other side, Arsenal caught a massive momentum, and we’ll see if Mikel Arteta kept the same during the two-week layoff.
Liverpool (-205) lost for the first time this season against West Ham, 3-2, two weekends ago. If it is of any consolation to the Reds, the streak of games in which they have scored twice or more is still alive. Though, the international break covered up this loss, and for many bettors, it is already forgotten.
The Reds have a UCL game coming up next midweek, and although various experts believe that they might rotate the players against Arsenal, that won’t happen. Liverpool is in an excellent position in its group, plus, several of their starters didn’t participate in the latest international events.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had several slips at home, but overall, they are solid and didn’t lose. So far, in seven games at Anfield, L’Pool won four times, adding three draws. In each but one match (vs. Chelsea), Firmino, Salah, Mane, and the rest of the crew netted twice.
Arsenal (+550) is without a defeat in the past 10 competitive matches, winning eight of them. During that time, Arteta’s kids evolved into one very nasty defensive-minded team that relies upon fast transition and counter-attacks.
During this unbeaten streak, the Gunners kept clean sheets on seven occasions. Defense is the area in which Arsenal evolved the most, and as soon as they began playing at a higher level, the positive results came. The backline was the Achilles heel of this club for a long time, and at the moment, it seems that the Spanish manager sorted that out.
Looking only at the road games, Arsenal didn’t allow a goal in four of the past five, and the previous three all say under 2.5 goals.
Liverpool has a lot of questionable players. Milner, Robertson, Keita Henderson, Gomez, and Sadio Mane are all game-time decisions. Meanwhile, Harvey Elliot, Firmino, and Curtis Jones are out for Saturday.
Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac probably won’t play for Arsenal. Partey and Balogun are doubtful.
Head to Head
Liverpool has 91 wins, Arsenal 81 and 61 ended without winners. Three games took place last year, two in the Premiership, and the Reds won in both, while the third in League Cup ended with a draw. However, Arsenal advanced following the penalty shootout.
Arsenal is in one hell of a form, but we still believe that the Reds are going to win this match without too many problems. Why? Well, they are much more consistent throughout 90 minutes, and above all, they like teams with a defensive approach. Liverpool simply rolls over them. We’ve seen that so many times this season.
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