Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction
Saturday’s Premier League action concludes with the biggest action of the weekend as Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield.
The Gunners have been flying high in recent weeks, winning six of their last eight in the top flight and drawing the other two. This includes back-to-back clean sheets, albeit they weren’t overly impressive in beating Watford 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium directly before the international break.
Liverpool themselves weren’t overly impressive in their final fixture before the break, losing 2-3 at high-flying West Ham United. The Premier League match before that saw them pegged back to a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion too.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side have stepped up in the big games – drawing 1-1 against Premier League leaders Chelsea, 2-2 against defending champions Manchester City and hammering rivals Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford in late October. The German coach has an excellent record in this fixture and I still believe he is the better tactician between these two, despite the praise Arsenal fans have been heaving on Mikel Arteta of late.
Team news will be important prior to kickoff as players have been flying around the world. A front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino/Diogo Jota should have the beating of this Arsenal defence though – one that has not been too well protected this season.
Salah is arguably the best player in world football right now, and will face either inexperienced Nuno Tavares or overrated Kieran Tierney down the wing. On the other flank, Sadio Mane should match up against Takehiro Tomiyasu. On paper, this favours the hosts big time.
Liverpool could also dominate possession in this match with the likes of Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, even if Naby Keita is out. Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga have yet to convince me versus possession-based team.
The visitors should see chances of their own with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being supplied by the likes of Bukaya Sako, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard, but ultimately I expect Liverpool to dominate and create many more chances.
Best bet: Liverpool to win is 1.53 with Betfair