Liverpool vs. Arsenal Prediction and PIcks: Liverpool Ready to Return to Winning Way
Facing Arsenal is always a tough task but Liverpool are ready to return to winning ways this weekend and extend their great head-to-head record against the Gunners.
Liverpool: Injury issues? No problem
Liverpool’s unbeaten start to their season ended just before the international break with a 3-2 loss to West Ham. They are now trailing leaders Chelsea by four points, and they can’t afford to drop points this weekend against Arsenal.
The international week has created even more injury worries for Jurgen Klopp and Co. Jordan Henderson left the England camp, Sadio Mane sustained a rib injury with Senegal, Andy Robertson was forced off against Denmark with a hamstring problem. Yesterday Liverpool’s boss has provided an update on Thursday declaring that Sadio Mane is fine, and he will join Mo Salah in the attacking line, Henderson has a chance for the weekend while Robertson is also expected to be in contention.
The Reds have an amazing home record against Arsenal winning their previous 5 Premier League head-to-heads at Anfield scoring at least 3 goals and covering the -1.5 spread in each game. Liverpool has scored an astonishing 18 goals in their last five home games against Arsenal in the English top-flight league and have dominated the Gunners in every single game. They are huge favorites to win this clash once again being priced at -200 on the three-way moneyline with Bet365.
This season, Liverpool scored at least two goals in all fixtures but one, the 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Mo Salah is leading the EPL top scorers’ chart with 10 goals netted in the domestic league, but he failed to find the back of the net in the last three fixtures (Brighton, Atletico Madrid, West Ham). When he doesn’t score, he in charge with the assists.
Diogo Jota loves to play against Arsenal. He scored three goals in the last two Premier League games, and he’s priced at +130 to be ‘anytime goalscorer’. The injury crisis is forcing Klopp to start with Fabinho joined by Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the midfield. The Reds have amazing attacking firepower, and they are leading both the xG and goals scored by a considerable margin.
The defensive and goalkeeper’s mistakes against West Ham will not repeat and Jurgen Klopp will surely make amends in this fixture.
Arsenal: 10-match unbeaten streak
Unbelievable right? Three defeats in a row, no goals scored, and 9 goals conceded, last place in the standing, and then what? Six wins and two draws, 5th place in the standings, just 2 points behind Liverpool. What a comeback…
The Gunners have the chance to leapfrog Liverpool if they beat them on Saturday. Arsenal have not lost a match since that 5-0 loss to Man City, and it looks like goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is one of the best shot-stoppers in the EPL with 5 clean sheets in 8 fixtures. Mikel Arteta did good to remain cool after all criticism he received in the past two years, and it looks like Arsenal are improving.
Unfortunately, despite this amazing run of form, Arsenal are still struggling in the final third sitting 19th in big chances created. They need more than that if they want to beat Liverpool. Let’s not forget that during their 8-game unbeaten run they beat bottom-placed Norwich, relegation-threatened Burnley, 16th and 17th placed Aston Villa and Watford and Nuno Espirito Santo’s struggling Tottenham. The away clash against Liverpool is by far the biggest test after the 5-0 defeat to Man City.
Liverpool vs. Arsenal Picks
We said about Diogo Jota’s great record against the Gunners with three goals scored in two games but let’s not forget Mo Salah who scored 7 goals in his last 9 mutual encounters against Arsenal. He failed to score in the last 3 games across all competitions and he’s due to score at least once.
Don’t get distracted by Arsenal’s good defensive performance, Liverpool are a beast we expect them to extend their superb goal-scoring form. We have two official betting picks for this clash: