Arsenal vs Liverpool Betting Tips & Preview
Unai Emery’s recently formidable Gunners look to carry on their 12-game unbeaten streak as they host Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds who still remain undefeated in the Premier League this season. Indeed, this looks set to be a battle of two sides that have both been largely successful and in fine form especially in front of goal, hitting the back of the net for a combined 44 times within just 10 games. Will Emery’s men take their undefeated streak to 13, or will it prove unlucky for them against a near perfect Liverpool side? Either way, we will find out this Saturday at the Emirates. To get you clued up, we at 21.co.uk have compiled all of the necessary data for you to make a confident prediction as to what will happen come Saturday.
Arsenal Recent Form (in PL)
Arsenal’s front-line have certainly found their shooting boots, netting 14 times in their last 5 Premier League matches, averaging just under 3 (2.8) goals per game as of recent. This only furthers their statistical domination in front of goal, as they have averaged an impressive 2.4 goals per game after 10 outings this season. As well as this, Arsenal also boasts the joint-top goalscorer within the Premier League, former Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Scoring 7 times within 10 games, the 29 year old Gabonese forward has made his mark on his debut season with the Gunners and hopes to continue this form against a strong Liverpool side. If Aubameyang and Lacazette show up, this could spell trouble for Liverpool’s defence. Having said that, this season Liverpool have conceded just 4 goals in the Premier League and will be a tough nut for Emery and his side to crack. However, we think they should get it done just as they did in the 3-3 thriller the last time these sides met at the Emirates last December.
Liverpool Recent Form (in PL)
As if trying to prepare for a tricky right winger that netted 32 times in 36 games last season wasn’t enough, throw in the fact he’ll likely be up against a back-up left-back and this only spells disaster for Arsenal. With both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac still due to recover, Emery had to field his less than consistent Swiss midfielder in Granit Xhaka at left-back in Arsenal’s last outing at Crystal Palace. This led to Xhaka conceding an 83rd-minute penalty courtesy of Wilfried Zaha, resulting in a disappointing draw for the Gunners. Step up Mohammed Salah, with 5 goals already this season, he’ll be looking to add to his current tally at the Emirates and continue his fine form.
The last three times these sides have met, Jurgen Klopp’s men have achieved 7 points overall, with Arsenal managing just 1. Within these 3 games, the Reds have scored 10 times, with the Gunners being held to just 4. Their latest outing against each other was in December 2017, when they played a 3-3 thriller at the Emirates, showing that Arsenal can indeed break down the Liverpool defence. However, this may prove to be a tall order against a flourishing Liverpool back line that has the second-best defence and clean sheet record in the league this season, only behind reigning champions Man City.
With Aubameyang being the leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season along with the masterful Belgian, Eden Hazard, we think he might be netting once more in this clash at the Emirates.
As well as this, Granit Xhaka as makeshift left-back is a risky move for the Gunners that is unlikely to change with injury woes in that position. With a hungry Mo Salah ready to pounce, we feel there may be a case of Deja Vu for Xhaka and the Gunners, with clumsy tackling from the Swiss midfielder throughout, likely earning him a yellow card along the way. With 4 cards already to his name this season, it wouldn’t be surprising for Xhaka to see yellow again come Saturday.
*All odds from 21.co.uk’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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