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Prediction: Liverpool vs Arsenal

Juan Pablo Aravena in Free Soccer Predictions 26 Aug 2017

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Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: bet365

Out of the four Premier League games that will happen on Sunday, there is no question that the one featuring Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield Road qualifies as the biggest match on the day. The Reds and The Gunners will have another chapter on their rivalry in a contest marked by inconsistent defences and transfer rumours among their respective starts. Kick-off at Anfield Road is scheduled at 16:00 hrs BST.

Liverpool

There is no question this game against Arsenal will be Liverpool’s toughest test of the current season, but at the same time, The Reds should have their confidence quite high. Aside from being undefeated in their first two league contests, they also clinched a berth in the UEFA Champions League group stage after dispatching Hoffenheim in the playoff round. And while there are a few weeks left before they debut on the European stage, playing Arsenal will be a good way to measure how they match up against a top team. However, Liverpool need to fix a few things if they want to come out on top against The Gunners. Their defence needs work, as they already saw Watford netting three times against them. That sloppy play against Arsenal could doom them.

Team News

Jurgen Klöpp will have to adjust his lineup due to a few absences. Most notably, he won’t be able to count on Philippe Coutinho once again due to a back injury. But the Brazilian has also been the subject of a potential move to FC Barcelona.

Nathaniel Clyne is doubtful with a muscular injury and will require a late-fitness test to determine his availability. Adam Lallana, on the other hand, is out with a thigh injury.

Arsenal

It seems Arsene Wenger gets more and more questioned every year. But unlike past years where the fans’ expectations were at an all-time high, this year things are different. Arsenal deserve every bit of criticism they can face, as their start to the season has been far from perfect. They were lucky to escape with a win in their season opener against Leicester City, and were massively outplayed in their 0-1 loss to Stoke City last week. The good news is that Alexis Sanchez is expected to return after missing the first two matches of the campaign with an abdominal injury. But Liverpool will be the team’s toughest test of the campaign so far. And Arsenal need to be at their best if they want to come out of Anfield with a positive result.

Team News

Arsenal are at full strength ahead of this game.

As mentioned above, Sanchez is doubtful due to an abdominal strain, but all signs indicate the Chilean star forward will be in the starting XI.

Key Factors to Consider

  • There is an average of 4.4 goals per game between these two sides over the last 5 games.
  • In the last 5 games between these two teams there were 4 matches with over 2.5 goals.
  • Liverpool have a slight edge in the all-time record against Arsenal, thanks to 85 wins, 78 losses, and 59 draws,
  • The Reds
  • The transfer market could have an impact on the strength of both sides. While Alexis Sanchez is expected to start despite the rumours linking him to Manchester City, Philippe Coutinho will sit once again as he continues to be linked with a move to FC Barcelona.

Conclusion

Both teams are among the top squads in the league, and both feature an impressive amount of talent in the attack. Therefore, I believe both will score during this contest.

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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