Liverpool Host Arsenal In Top Six Clash At Anfield
The Premier League will return this evening when Aston Villa go head to head with Everton at Villa Park, but the biggest game of the weekend is easily the one that is taking place in the red half of Merseyside as Liverpool go up against Arsenal. After just two games of the season these teams are the only ones left with a 100% record, and while that may not say a lot at such an early stage, a third win for either side could really set them up in a big way for a really successful campaign.
The Reds may have been unable to capture the Community Shield, but their win in the UEFA Super Cup certainly gave them a lot of confidence – as did the two consecutive Premier League wins over Norwich and Southampton. In terms of team news, Adrian is expected to feature with Alisson still being out through injury, with Lovren and Keita both being doubts. One of the biggest questions that Klopp faces is whether or not to start Gomez or Matip alongside Virgil van Dijk at the back, whereas Henderson is expected to feature in the middle as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner wait to see who joins him.
Arsenal’s win over Burnley last weekend proved, once again, that they are capable of grinding out results against the smaller sides when they need to. It followed on from their opening day win over Newcastle, as the Gunners continue to find their feet after a whole bunch of new faces came through the door during the summer transfer window. In terms of team news, Xhaka is expected to feature after recovering from a back injury, with Ozil being tipped for a spot on the bench. Nicolas Pepe could burst into the starting XI, with Willock and Nelson both being expected to drop to the bench for such an important game.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Betting Prediction
The instinct is to go with Liverpool here, and that’s what we’re going to stick with. The Reds are the European champions for a reason and while they may not have looked all too convincing in their last outing, we think they should have enough to overcome the Gunners. Unai Emery’s men seem to be going with a ‘we’ll score one more than you’ strategy, but we all know that they’ve still got to rectify some defensive issues, and if there’s one team that you do not want exploiting you at the back it is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.