Generally the most entertaining fixture of the Premier League season, Liverpool v Arsenal rarely fails to disappoint.
Two sides who love attacking, who love scoring goals and who generally love to entertain the neutral, Liverpool and Arsenal have played out some absolute classics in recent years.
Since the start of 2014, the 12 matches between the two sides have yielded 53 goals, and I don’t expect that to change any time soon.
Arsenal’s summer signings are already gelling nicely, particularly the impressive Dani Ceballos, and under Unai Emery, who is certainly famed for prioritising attack over defence, the Gunners will feel they can really get at Liverpool, who haven’t quite looked their old, utterly dominant selves against Norwich, Southampton or Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
With Alisson out injured, Liverpool do look a little less secure at the back, with the erratic Adrian a much less reassuring presence (as he displayed with a howler against Southampton) behind the defenders. There’s no way having a Spanish Simon Mignolet in goal won’t have an impact on the side.
Backing both teams to score is a no-brainer, but I’m also going to back a Liverpool win + BTTS as a separate bet. Arsenal look good, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have beaten Arsenal on their last three Anfield visits—scoring 12 times—and with such imperious home form over the last 18 months or so (not to mention Arsenal’s relative travel sickness), Liverpool will be confident of claiming the points.
3u - Both Teams To Score @ -175
1.5u - Liverpool & Both Teams To Score @ +165
One man who has put in some unbelievable performances against Arsenal over the years is Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian opened his account for the season against Southampton last weekend, and with seven goals in his last four matches against Arsenal at Anfield—scoring at least one in each—it’s reasonable to expect him to have success once again.
It’s also worth noting that Firmino also scored Liverpool’s first goal on all four occasions, but with so many goals packed into this Reds side, I’d still be inclined to simply back anytime.
1u - Roberto Firmino Anytime Goalscorer @ +140