Liverpool vs Arsenal sees two teams with 100 percent winning records go head-to-head at Anfield. The Reds are expected to challenge for the Premier League once more after falling agonisingly short last season.
Unai Emery has bolstered his attacking options over the summer and this game could see the full debut of Nicolas Pepe, the exciting winger signed from Lille. The Gunners will harbour hopes of a return to a top four spot for the first time since 2015-16.
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Match details, kick-off time and where to watch
Competition: Premier League
Date: 24th August 2019
Kick Off Time: 17:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Anthony Taylor
Where to Watch
The match will be shown on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD. The game will also be available to Sky Go customers. Coverage gets underway at 5pm.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – The form guide
Liverpool have juggled their early-season commitments well, securing victories either side of a UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea in Turkey. The Reds weren’t at their sparkling best for the trip to Southampton last time out but goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino saw Jurgen Klopp’s side over the line.
Arsenal have secured back-to-back wins to start the Premier League season for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. There seems to be renewed hope around the Emirates after a brisk summer in the transfer market. This will be a significant step up for Emery’s men though. The Londoners lost 5-1 on their last trip to Anfield back in December.
Liverpool won 17 of their 19 home league games last season. With that in mind it’s no surprise to see them as 12/25 (1.48) favourites to keep their winning run going here. The other two games at Anfield last term finished all square and another stalemate is available at 19/5 (4.80) with 888Sport. The same firm are 21/4 (6.25) on the Gunners leaving Merseyside with three points.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Team News
Goalkeeper Alisson remains absent after picking up a calf injury against Norwich City on the opening day of the season. Summer signing Adrian is set to continue between the sticks. Nathaniel Clyne isn’t expected to return to action until 2020 after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in late July.
The Gunners have several absentees in defence. Kieran Tierney won’t be available until October as he continues to deal with a groin issue. Hector Bellerin is nearing a return to fitness but will need more time to complete his recovery from a long-term knee injury.
Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Rob Holding are back in training ahead of Saturday’s trip to Merseyside.
Predicted Line Ups
Liverpool: Adrian; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mane, Firmino, Salah
Arsenal: Leno; Monreal, Luis, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Willock; Aubameyang, Ceballos, Pepe, Lacazette
Predictions for the match?
Quite simply, this match screams goals – and plenty of them.
While Liverpool had the best defence in the Premier League last season, they’ve looked a little vulnerable in the early stages of this campaign. Alisson’s absence is a big blow and while Adrian is a solid replacement, he’s a significant downgrade on one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Arsenal look to be one of the most exciting teams to watch. Their attacking flair could make them tough to contain at times but they’re still likely to be dogged by a suspect backline. Both teams to score is just 8/15 (1.53) and has landed in five of the last six head-to-head meetings between the sides. That could be a pick worthy of inclusion in an accumulator but most punters will want something a bit more adventurous for a single selection for Saturday night’s clash.
Betting Tips for Liverpool vs Arsenal
With that in mind, take the 57/50 (2.14) with 888Sport about over 3.5 goals. This bet has paid out in 8 of the last 10 league meetings between these sides. Overall, those matches have produced a total of 44 goals. Given neither look secure in defence, the forwards could be set for a profitable evening at Anfield.
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