Liverpool v Arsenal – The Preview

Last updated: August 25, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:00pm
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Team Form: DW
Away Team Form: WL
Last Meeting: Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League

One of two late kick-offs on Sunday, this fixture has the makings to be the game of the weekend. Of the two teams, Liverpool will be the most confident heading into the encounter. A win and a draw in the league, followed by qualification to the Champions League after a midweek win against Hoffenheim, is a more than satisfactory start to the season for Klopp’s men. Never not under the spotlight, Arsène Wenger cannot afford a slip-up here. Defeat would mean two on the bounce after last weekend’s loss to bogey-team Stoke.

As the Coutinho saga rages on, Jürgen Klopp can at least smile at the performances of his team so far. The first five matches of this campaign were always set to be a testing affair, due to two Champions League qualification matches. With four of those matches successfully navigated, Liverpool should be well up for what is perhaps the most testing of the five matches, before an extended international break. Even without Coutinho, the front three of Salah, Mané, and Firmino have already proved effective, showing early signs of forming a lethal attacking force. New signing Andrew Robertson was impressive on his debut last week and could help add both solidity to the often fragile defence, as well as an attacking potency down the left hand side.

While it’s far from crisis stations yet, last week’s loss to Stoke will have left Arsène Wenger feeling the heat. Arsenal dominated the match, but lacked incision in the final third, eventually succumbing to a single goal. Wenger will be praying for a rapid return of Alexis Sánchez and the Chilean could feature in this match-up. Laurent Koscielny is fit and could also feature. This could be key for Arsenal, as it would allow new-signing Kolasinac to slot in at his more natural left wing-back position and strengthen a defence that has conceded four goals in two games. The Bosnian has been impressive so far and could cause Liverpool problems with his marauding runs.

Team News

Philippe Coutinho is not expected to have recovered from a back injury in time to feature.

Nathaniel Clyne may recover from a muscle injury but will be far from match fit. This leaves the right back spot open for either Joe Gomez or Trent Alexander-Arnold

Arsenal are still waiting on the fitness of Alexis Sánchez. The latest news is that the Chilean has been passed fit for this match and could feature from the start.

The good news for Arsenal is that Laurent Koscielny is back from suspension and may slot back into the Gunner’s defence.

Expected Line-Ups:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Mané, Salah, Firmino
Subs: Karius, Klavan, Can, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke, Flanagn
Injured: Clyne, Sakho, Coutinho, Lallana
Not available:
Arsenal (3-4-3): Cech, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Koscielny, Ramsey, Xhaka, Bellerin, Özil, Sánchez, Lacazette
Subs: Mertesacker, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Elneny
Injured: Cazorla, Wilshere
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Liverpool So Far This Season Arsenal So Far This Season
6th League Position 11th
1 (0) Wins (away) 1 (0)
1-0 vs. Crystal Palace Biggest Win 4-3 vs Leicester
0 (1) Draws (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 1 vs Stoke
Mané (2) Top Goal Scorer Lacazette (1)
Y4, R0 Discipline Y0, R0
0 Failures to Score 1
1 Clean Sheets 0
50% Both Teams to Score Games 50%
50% Over 2.5 Goals 50%
50% Under 2.5 Goals 50%
  • Liverpool have had an exhausting start to the season due to the Champions League qualifiers. Rotation may be a factor here and the question is whether that will effect the performance.
  • Having failed to score last weekend at Stoke, Arsenal will be looking to Lacazette and Özil to break a Liverpool defence that recorded its first clean sheet of the season last weekend against Crystal Palace.
  • Four of the previous five encounters between these two teams have featured over 3.5 goals. There’s little to suggest there won’t be goals this time around. In fact, both teams have already featured an over 3.5 goals in one of their two games so far.
  • Clean sheets look unlikely then. Liverpool have conceded three goals in two games, while Arsenal have conceded four.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
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 Liverpool 3 – 3 Arsenal Premier League Firmino 10′
24/08/2015 Arsenal 0 – 0 Liverpool Premier League
04/04/2015 Arsenal 4 – 1 Liverpool Premier League Bellerin 37′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Liverpool are the favourites here, with home advantage and form on their side. The caveat to this is that small signs of fatigue could begin to show here, as they play their fifth game in two weeks. Manager Klopp has mitigated the demanding fixture list well though, resting and rotating perfectly so far, to ensure both success and a strong line-up for this fixture.

It’s difficult to assess Arsenal’s chances here without seeing the team sheet. If both Koscielny and Sánchez start then their chances will be significantly increased. For this reason, we’ll be playing it safe with this one.

One thing this fixture does seem to always deliver on is goals. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals are priced around 4/7, which doesn’t offer much in the way of value. Liverpool & over 2.5 goals is more attractively priced at 15/8, while Liverpool to win & both teams to score is slightly better at 13/5. Both seem a good option for a fixture that always delivers on goals and Liverpool look set to win. You can get these prices at bet365.