Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Arsenal’s unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday as Mikel Arteta’s side let a 1-0 lead slip through their fingers, eventually succumbing to a late Toby Alderweireld header to lose a tight North London Derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

This allowed their great rivals to leapfrog them in the table, but the battle remains heated as these two giants of English football compete for a spot in the Europa League next season.

The Gunners now sit 9th in the table and, with three games remaining and nine points between themselves and Leicester in 4th, a top four spot is now an impossibility. Still, there are only five points between them and Wolves in 6th, and a Europa League berth would be the minimum expected this season.

Liverpool form slipping away
Liverpool, of course, are the new Premier League champions and need just seven points from their remaining three games to breach the 100 point barrier. Jurgen Klopp continues to field a host of his star players in pursuit of more top flight records, but things haven’t gone entirely to plan since that Manchester City defeat handed them the title.

Nick Pope produced a goalkeeping masterclass at the weekend to help Burnley become the first team to stop Liverpool winning a league match at Anfield since Leicester did so over 18 months ago, and that 4-0 thrashing at Manchester City was a dreadful start to life as confirmed champions of the Premier League.

In fact, Liverpool have only won half of their six games since the resumption of football, and in all competitions they have won just four of their last ten matches. Away from home it gets even worse, with just one win from their last six outings in all competitions.

Goalfest on the cards at the Emirates
Arsenal, meanwhile, have only lost four of their 21 games since the turn of the year, and only one of these defeats has come at the Emirates. There’s a very strong case for Arsenal getting something from this match, but an even stronger case for a flurry of goals.

The last nine competitive meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have seen a massive 49 goals scored, with at least three goals being produced in all but one of these ties. The goals are fairly evenly split as well and, with both teams scoring on eight of these occasions, backing over 2.5 goals and both teams to score looks a fantastic option.

The recent degradation in Liverpool’s performances point to a good chance of them failing to win again. Five of the last ten meetings between the sides have ended all square and we’re predicting another tight affair on Wednesday. Arsenal and Liverpool have averaged 1.62 and 1.67 goals per game respectively since the restart of football, so a 2-2 correct score prediction is the way to go.

Aubameyang chases Golden Boot award
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have failed to find the net against Spurs at the weekend, but the Gabon international remains Arsenal’s biggest attacking threat and will be the focus of most of Liverpool’s defensive efforts on Wednesday.

Aubameyang is still well in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot and is just two goals behind Jamie Vardy. His goal against Leicester last week – his third in his last four appearances – saw him hit the 20 league goal threshold for the fifth season in a row.

The 31-year-old has scored 13 of his 24 competitive goals for Arsenal this season in just 19 appearances at the Emirates, averaging a goal every 127 minutes. With Liverpool conceding 11 goals in their last six competitive away games, backing Arsenal’s star man to get on the scoresheet looks a good option in the anytime goalscorer market.

Arsenal vs Liverpool team news
Arsenal remain without the likes of Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah through injury here, while Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi are both expected to miss out as their future at the Emirates hangs in the balance. Bukayo Sako could return to the starting lineup here ahead of Nicolas Pepe, while other players could potentially be rested ahead of The Gunners FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Arsenal predicted lineup: Martinez – Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac – Soares, Tierney – Ceballos, Xhaka – Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka

Liverpool duo Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson have been ruled out for the remainder of the season, while James Milner and Dejan Lovren are both injury doubts heading into this clash. Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to return to the starting lineup here and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could come into the midfield.

Liverpool predicted lineup: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita – Salah, Firmino, Mane
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