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Can Arsenal get their revenge on Liverpool?

Last updated: December 21, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 19:45
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Team Form: WLDDW
Away Team Form: WWDDW
Last Meeting: Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League

Arsenal’s title hopes were pretty much demolished earlier in the season when Liverpool administered their second defeat in their first three games. Now trailing a remarkable 19 points behind Manchester City, their greatest hope is making it into the top four and (hopefully) finishing above Tottenham. But if they don’t win this Friday, they could be in danger of sliding into sixth place. This means focusing on the basics – keeping the ball, finding space on the wings, and shutting down Salah. Failure to do so could result in another riot.

Arsenal will feel like they are the underdogs in this fight. Liverpool, on the other hand, have been on a brilliant run of form which has seen them win six out of their last ten games. The triple threat of Salah, Coutinho and Firmino is a lot for any team to handle. If you factor in that Liverpool have managed to plug up the leaks in the back, then they do look particularly strong this season. Their biggest problem, however, is their form against the top eight. Losses against Man City and Tottenham, as well as draws against Burnley, Chelsea and United, show a team that finds it hard to break down more disciplined teams in the back – either resulting in heavy losses or a draw.

Arsenal have bounced back somewhat since their disastrous Liverpool defeat, and have only dropped points once at home. It shouldn’t be a repeat performance on the same level for The Reds. That said, it seems like a very difficult task for Arsenal to win here. They don’t have anyone on the same level of Salah, who can completely boss a game. One suspects he will be man-marked, possibly by Sead Kolasinac, in order to shut down his free-flowing play. Once Arsenal turn over the ball, they will need to convert the few chances they do have, relying on star-man Lacazette to be very accurate. Arsenal do have the tenacity to win here – but in all likelihood, it doesn’t look very probable. A marginal Liverpool victory or draw.

Team News

Super-sub Giroud will miss the Liverpool clash. He has a pulled hamstring.

Arsenal will try and bid for Chelsea’s David Luiz in the next transfer window, according to The Sun.

Barcelona still haven’t given up on Coutinho. According to the Daily Mail, they want to offer £132 million for the Brazilian

With six unavailable players, Liverpool are the second-most injury laden team in the league after Watford.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin; Iwobi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Sánchez, Lacazette
Subs: Wilshere, Walcott, Ospina, Welbeck, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin
Injured: Giroud, Ramsey, Cazorla
Not available:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Flanagan; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Mané, Firmino
Subs: Karius, Milner, Alexander-Arnold, Can, Mané, Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Injured: Moreno, Bogdan, Clyne, Grujic, Matip
Doubtful: Sturridge
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal So Far This Season Liverpool So Far This Season
5th League Position 4th
10 (2) Wins (away) 9 (5)
5 – 0 vs. Huddersfield Biggest Win 4 – 0 vs. Arsenal
3 (3) Draws (away) 5 (2)
0 – 4 vs Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0 – 5 vs Man City
Lacazette (8) Top Goal Scorer Salah (14)
Y26, R0 Discipline Y24, R0
4 Failures to Score 3
8 Clean Sheets 7
39% Both Teams to Score Games 44%
50% Over 2.5 Goals 61%
50% Under 2.5 Goals 39%
  • Between both sides there have been no red cards. Will we see one this weekend?
  • Salah is far and above the highest Premier League goalscorer with 14 goals, two ahead of Harry Kane
  • Just one point separates the two teams in the league. Additionally, both Burnley and Tottenham are within one win of getting ahead of them.
  • Together both teams score over 2.5 goals 55.5% of the time. You can expect a good edge here.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
27/08/2017 Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal Premier League Firmino ’17
04/03/2017 Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal Premier League Firmino ‘9
14/08/2016 Arsenal 3 – 4 Liverpool Premier League Walcott ’31
13/01/2016 Arsenal 3 – 3 Liverpool Premier League Firmino ’10
24/08/2015 Arsenal 0 – 0 Liverpool Premier League

Conclusion & Betting Tips

There’s not much between both sides, with Arsenal on odds of 29/20 compared to Liverpool at odds of 7/4 at William Hill. Arsenal though are unbeaten at home all season except for the match of the season so far against Manchester United, in which they were very unfortunate to lose. For that reason, we think an Arsenal Draw no bet is an informed choice and you can get a great price at William Hill.