By Maryam Naz
27th December 2018
Sitting atop the Premier League after Christmas has had title-winning permutations for every single team in the history of the competition, but before they begin their hopeful plough into the second half of the season, Liverpool still have to face Unai Emery’s resurgent Arsenal.
Liverpool vs Arsenal: odds and predictions
The Reds are trading as 52/100 favourites in our Liverpool vs Arsenal predictions and betting tips, while the Gunners are 5/1 underdogs, with the share of the spoils of war forecast at odds of 17/5.
A win over the North London club will cement Liverpool’s position as six points clear of their nearest rivals, Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s men were thwarted by Leicester last night in a 2-1 defeat.
Given Arsenal’s track record at Anfield, where they have failed to win in over six of their previous games against Klopp’s men, there is a strong chance of the Reds continuing their unbeaten run. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been ruthless against the Gunners in the past and will want to add to their personal tallies this Saturday.
The Egyptian is currently behind his opponent Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the top goalscorer chart and will look to reclaim his place and usurp the Gabonese striker. Salah is projected at odds of a 3/1 pick to do so.
But you only have to watch Arsenal’s performances this season to know that while they may struggle defensively, they possess an offensive unit that operates seamlessly and cohesively in the attack.
The Reds Virgil van Dijk-led defence will need to keep wary of any runs in-behind the back four that could undo all their stellar defensive work this season.
Liverpool vs Arsenal head-to-head (most recent first) Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal, Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 4-3 Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Arsenal match betting: score, best bet, scorer tip
Predicted score: Liverpool to win 3-1, wagering @ 10/1
The first of our Liverpool vs Arsenal predictions and betting tips forecasts a 3-1 win for the Reds.
Given that Arsenal are without a win in their last five trips to Anfield (D2, L3), and have struggled defensively, evident in their recent defeats to Spurs and Southampton, they could very well initiate their own downfall against a rampant Liverpool attack.
The Reds have so far punished defensive mistakes across their Premier League games and could so again this Saturday in front of the Kop, and with the odds trading at a 10/1 pick, it looks like their ‘heavy-metal’ style of football will once again cause the Gunners defensive disarray.
Considering that Arsenal have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five clashes with Liverpool and the Reds are averaging over two goals per game on home turf, the second instalment of our Liverpool vs Arsenal predictions wager that over 2.5 total match goals will be scored.
While Liverpool boast the sturdiest defence in the Premier League, Arsenal have not been so lucky, conceding three against the Saints last weekend and another two prior to that against Manchester United.
Yet with this glaring difference aside, both teams possess high-scoring attacking players who have shown efficiency and clinical accuracy in front of goal, which makes odds of 1/2 about over 2.5 goals scored decently priced.
Predicted scorer: Roberto Firmino our pick to score first @ 9/2
The Brazilian just loves to score against the Gunners. He has been directly involved in his last six Premier League games against Arsenal, securing five goals and three assists – a feat only bested by Robbie Fowler.
The last of our Liverpool vs Arsenal predictions are expecting him to add to his tally, with our betting tipsters wagering that he’ll break the goalscoring bank first.
Aside from his striking ability and link-up play, Firmino’s runs in behind the back-four and physical grit to take control of the ball will pose the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka with problems.
Arsenal’s central defenders could be undone by the pace and trickery of Salah and Mane, but Firmino could be the key to another win for Liverpool to maintain and extend their undefeated start to the season.
Liverpool vs Arsenal stats: Opta
- This will be the 227th meeting between these two teams in all competitions, with Liverpool winning 86 times to Arsenal’s 79 (61 draws).
- Liverpool have gone seven games unbeaten against Arsenal in all competitions (W3 D4) – they last embarked upon a longer such run in February 2000 (14 games).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.