Liverpool v Arsenal Tips & Betting Preview

The hunters have become the hunted. How will Liverpool cope with this new pressure?

Ryan Elliott
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Thu, 27 Dec, 3:05 PM

 

Well, well, well. This is turning into quite the Premier League season.

 

Manchester City’s mini-implosion has seen Liverpool open up a six-point gap at the top of the table and in all honesty, it’s hard to see them dropping many more points than that. They’re that strong.

 

Their match against Arsenal on Saturday could prove decisive, especially as they travel to The Etihad five days later; if Liverpool blows the Gunners away, it would be another significant statement of intent.

 

Clashes between these two have always been highly entertaining – 29 goals have been scored in their last six meetings, and I’d expect to see a few more this time around.

 

Arsenal have failed to win over half of their away games this season, and though they’ve scored 21 goals on the road, they have also shipped 16, and that’s not the sort of defensive record you want to take to Anfield.

 

The Gunners’ lacklustre away draw with Brighton, which succeeded a defeat at Southampton, firmly points towards Liverpool winning this.

 

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are dangerous goal threats for Arsenal, I find it impossible to envisage a scenario where Liverpool don’t run riot against a defence which has conceded as many goals as Crystal Palace (25).

 

Liverpool has stuck 17 goals past Arsenal in their last five Anfield meetings, and there’s little evidence to suggest it’ll be any different here. Jurgen Klopp’s side is currently the best team in the league, and I’m backing them to win with both teams scoring, priced at a hefty $2.80*.

 

 

No Arsenal player has received more yellow cards than Granit Xhaka (6) this season, and the Swiss midfielder is always a good bet to have his name taken – especially in games of this magnitude.

 

Xhaka has received three yellow cards in his four appearances against Liverpool, and I’m backing him to do so again. There’s something about Xhaka – when the pressure is really on, he just can’t resist being a little naughty.

 

For this tip, however, that would do nicely.

 

 

Finally, I’m backing Liverpool to lead after 30 minutes.

 

With 11 goals scored and just one conceded in the opening half-hour of matches this season, Liverpool has enjoyed plenty of fast starts…unlike their visitors.

 

Arsenal has conceded eight goals in this period and would be in the relegation zone if matches ended at the half-time whistle (I appreciate this tip is for them to be behind after 30 minutes; it’s more to illustrate their poor starts in general).

 

Arsenal is earning a (deserved) reputation for starting matches off very slowly. If you fancy them to be behind after the half-hour mark, you’d get tempting odds of $2.65*.

 

 

 

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