Sunday 27th August. 4PM. Sky Sports
The huge Premier League clashes are already coming thick and fast, with Arsenal and Liverpool set to renew their rivalry at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. In truth, it has all the makings of a blockbuster.
Both sides attack well and defend poorly while each of them tries to implement attractive football at every opportunity too. It might be early days, but this could already be a huge battle in the war for top four football.
Prepare yourselves for a classic.
Klopp’s Men Looking For Perfect Hat-Trick
After a disappointing opening result at Watford, Jurgen Klopp’s Merseysiders have responded in great fashion by winning their first league game at Anfield while also securing their place in the Champions League group phase. A win against a genuine rival on Sunday would be the topper.
The Reds can be confident too following two wins and seven goals against the Gunners last term. With Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mo Salah already among the goals, there’s no reason to doubt the home side’s ability to cause problems for a shaky away defence.
Liverpool have had their fair share of troubles, though, not least with the ongoing speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho. With Adam Lallana and Nathiel Clyne missing too, Klopp does face a few headaches. Nonetheless, their energy has the potential to turn a game of football on its head with just a single 15-minute spell.
If the hosts perform to their potential in front of a bouncing Kop, the visitors could be in for a very long afternoon.
Can Gunners Bounce Back?
Arsene Wenger’s side may have suffered defeat at Stoke last week, but they could’ve scored three or four on another day. With Alexandre Lacazette and Oliver Giroud ready to accept Mesut Ozil’s ammunition, the visitors will always have a chance of goals.
Their optimism will be even higher if Alexis Sanchez returns as expected. Meanwhile, it seems like that Laurent Koscielny could be back to provide some much needed solidity at the heart of defence. Considering how vulnerable the visitors have looked particularly susceptible in that area of the field, the vice-captain’s presence could be telling.
The Gunners will need to be better than they have been to seal the points at Anfield, but their additional preparation time could be telling, especially as the likes of Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey will be eager to continue their positive starts.
This isn’t a vintage Arsenal side by any means, but they are making positive moves and will fancy their chances of getting back into the top four this season. This could be the day where they underline those intentions in style.
Liverpool v Arsenal Betting
With home advantage on their side, Liverpool enter Sunday’s showdown as the favourites with 888sport and are priced 23/20 to get the win. Arsenal are the 5/2 outsiders but will still be optimistic of getting a result, with the draw being made available at 27/10 too.
If recent matches head-to-head encounters are a sign of things to come, we could be in for another thrilling spectacle. Six of the last seven league meetings have delivered four or more goals and, given that both defences are vulnerable, we think there could be plenty of action once more.
There’s a good chance that we’ll see four or more between the two sides. With the possibility of a refund on three goals throw into the mix, the Asian goal line is our first selection for Sunday’s encounter.
Those defensive frailties will be under even greater scrutiny thanks to the wealth of attacking options that both sides clearly possess, and it wouldn’t be at all shocking to see a major error from either side in the defensive third.
At odds of 5/2, we’re backing a penalty to be awarded at anytime.