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P.J. Murray 16th Aug 2011 - 17:15

Liverpool to walk tall at The Emirates

It was arguably the most controversial game last season, with last minute penalities that ended Arsenal's tilt at the title and also saw them drop to fourth.

But with the season only starting Liverpool and Arsenal are set to cross paths once again.

Although it's only the second game of the season, many have predicted that these two sides will be battling it out for that coveted fourth spot.

It could be said that Liverpool have made the better start, given the fact that they have managed to hit the back of the net in their 1-1 draw with Sunderland. While Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw at St James Park in a rather fiery encounter.

As a result of that match Arsene Wenger will be without Gervinho, who was sent off and banned for three games and Alex Song who was subsequently banned for stamping on defenceless Joey Barton.

It's been 11 years since Liverpool tasted victory at Arsenal and many are predicting this to end amid the crisis at the Gunners. Liverpool have been on the up and up since King Kenny came back to Anfield, arguably the most hailed come back since Lazarus.

The visitors are 7/4 to compound Arsenal's misery further and take all three points. One thing is for sure, their defence will need to be stronger than it was against Sunderland if they are to be full value for a bet.

The home side seem to be a bit big at 13/8, when they played Udinese they did look dangerous going forward and could well exploit what is a leaky Liverpool defence.

Luis Suarez could well be a challenger for top goalscorer, the Uruguayan missed a penalty last week before redeeming himself with a goal and he is 11/2 to open the scoring at The Emirates.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are packed with English talent and we have decided to enhance any English player to score the opening goal from Even money to 2/1. So Charlie Adam, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Andy Carroll, Joe Cole, Stewart Downing all will be vying for the opening goal.

This has the potential to be a right goalfest, a combination of poor defences and solid attacks on either side and I would be looking at over two goals at 11/10. Liverpool are odds against draw no bet at 11/10, and the added safety of this bet is worth it as any Liverpool side could turn up.

For me this has draw written all over it at 11/5, but i expect it to be a high scoring draw. 2-2 at 16/1 is the call.


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