Billy Greenall (@BillyGreenall) previews Liverpool v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s lunchtime clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Liverpool v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 24/08/2019
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
- Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League's late kick off on Saturday, with at least one side destined to lose their 100% record after the opening two games of this new Premier League season.
The Reds come into the game off the back of a convincing 4-1 home win to Norwich and a 2-1 away win to Southampton domestically. The curtain raiser against Manchester City in the Community Shield ended in penalty shootout disappointment but Klopp's men did well to bounce back with an emphatic first half display against the Canaries on game week one of the season. Liverpool's performance in the Super Cup final may have raised a few questions marks on whether they can mirror the form they showed last term, although they did collect their first piece of silverware for the season with interim goalkeeper Adrian making his mark for his new club. He looked to be set of a spell on the sidelines with fellow goalkeeper Alisson but managed to shake off his injury to reclaim his position against Southampton on Saturday. The major positive from that game aside from the three points is the return to form of Sadio Mane. The Senegalese has scored two in two games and looks sharp again after missing the first couple of games due to lack of rest following his involvement in the AFCON in the summer. It's evident Klopp's side have gears to move through before hitting the form we saw in last season's enthralling title race with Manchester City, though there doesn't seem to be a better opportunity to do so with a home game against a top six side on a Saturday evening at Anfield. This fixture was near embarrassing for Arsenal last season after an early goal from Maitland-Niles was cancelled out by what can only be described as a Liverpool onslaught before half time. I'm expecting Emery to have learnt a lot from last season and keep things tighter in the middle, with the first 20 minutes of this one being majorly important for the Gunners.
Unai Emery's side have started the season well, the last time they opened their Premier League campaign with two victories was over a decade ago so Arsenal fans have every right to be positive following the start they've made so far. However, victories over a Newcastle side in transition under Steve Bruce and a narrow home win against Burnley are small steps in a long journey if the Gunners are to challenge the top 3 this season. That being said, it has to be recognised how admirable Unai Emery's faith in youth has been in the opening two games. Nathan Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock impressed in pre season and have carried the same form into the beginning of this new campaign. With Arsenal spending big towards the end of the window, there's exciting times ahead as Emery steadily introduces record signing Nicolas Pepe into the fray. There's a chance he could start against Liverpool for his full debut, although that could be a baptism of fire if he isn't prepared to do his defensive duties and support Maitland Niles against the dangerous Mane on the Arsenal right. I'm sure Gunners fans will want to see Emery go positive and start Pepe, although they may well have to wait until the North London derby a week later following last season's mauling in the first half against their opponents this weekend.
Alisson and Clyne remain sidelined. Adrian set to resume in goal for Liverpool. Keita is a doubt.
Ozil and Xhaka face late fitness tests. Tierney, Holding, Bellerin and Mavropanos are all still out.
Liverpool Potential Starting XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah
Arsenal Potential Starting XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz, Monreal, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Pepe, Willock, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Stats & Facts
- This fixture finished 5-1 to Liverpool last season. Salah, Mane and Firmino (3) were on target for Liverpool after Maitland-Niles opened the scoring.
- Arsenal haven't beaten Liverpool since 2015 (L4 D4). They haven't won at Anfield since 2012.
Head To Head
Liverpool 87 – D 61 – Arsenal – 78
Liverpool 1/2 – D 19/5 – Arsenal 11/2 (Bet Victor)
For me, although Liverpool weren't overly convincing against Southampton and Chelsea, I can't see Arsenal having enough away from home at this stage in the season. Maybe ten games in with the likes of Pepe, Tierney and Ceballos fully fit and integrated into the team my opinion would be different, but I'll be surprised to see anything other than a home win at Anfield in this one.