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Arsenal V Liverpool
Saturday 4th April. 12:45PM. BT Sport 1
Premier League football resumes with Saturday’s clash of the titans as Arsenal host Liverpool in a monstrous match at the Emirates.
Both Champions League hopefuls will be eager to start a massive month of April in perfect style and we should expect a thrilling spectacle between two sides who have shared plenty of phenomenal encounters in recent years.
Prepare yourselves for a classic!
Gunners To Keep Impeccable Form Running
There’s no question about it; Arsenal are the Premier League’s form side right now with eight straight domestic victories. Moreover, playing first gives Arsene Wenger’s men a massive opportunity to pile the pressure on the other top four contenders and that will serve as a huge incentive ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Wenger will have been disappointed to see Danny Welbeck pick up an injury whilst away with England, joining the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil in the physio room, but the Gunners will remain positive. The resurgence of French striker Oliver Giroud has been central to their recent triumphs and the 28-year-old could be the key as Arsenal look to capitalise on the absence of Liverpool’s suspended Martin Skrtl.
Elsewhere, the creativity of Alexis Sanxhez, Santi Cazorla and co should give the Gunners a fantastic chance of brushing the Reds aside to virtually seal their 18th year of Champions League qualification whilst also putting them in line to clinch a first top two finish since 2005.
With a Cup semi-final at Wembley to come too, it could turn out to be a very productive end to the campaign. Beating Liverpool could be absolutely vital.
Suspensions Could Scupper Liverpool’s Chances
Brendan Rodgers’ men had done so well to claw themselves back into the race for Champions League football but it looks as though their efforts might go unrewarded, especially if they fail to end a three-game winless streak at the Emirates.
The defeat to Manchester United was damaging in itself but the fallout of suspensions to Skrtl and captain Steven Gerrard could be huge. Liverpool’s defence is far less assured without the formidable Slovakian, whilst they will also feel the loss of their influential leader.
Perhaps more importantly, though, will be the decision on whether to play Daniel Sturridge. The in-form marksman had been ruled out for a month, but rumours circulating that he will play through the pain barrier could mean that Liverpool still have their main goal threat. However, with Raheem Sterling also fighting through an injury, it doesn’t look great for the Reds.
The pressure is on. Whatever happens, we can expect an absolute belter of a contest.
Arsenal V Liverpool Betting
Given the circumstances, it’s no surprise to see Arsenal established as the odds-on favourites at 5/6 with Bet365, whilst Liverpool are available 16/5. The draw can be backed at 11/4.
You can never rely fully on Arsenal, but we think Wenger’s men will turn up for this one to put Liverpool to the sword in style.
The Gunners will want a strong start and scoring first could really hurt Liverpool’s spirit. We’re backing them to find the breakthrough before half-time en route to a crucial victory.
HT/FT: Arsenal/Arsenal @ 19/10 with William Hill
Whilst the team itself has been on fire, the importance of Giroud’s goals cannot be overestimated. Not everyone is a fan of the France international, but there is no denying that he knows where the target it.
If anyone is likely to break the deadlock on Saturday then it has to be him.
Oliver Giroud to score first @ 9/2 with Bet365