Premier League 2018-19:Manchester City’s mini-implosion has seen Liverpool open up a six-point gap at the top of the table and in all honesty, it’s hard to see them dropping many more points than that. They’re that strong.
Their match against Arsenal on Saturday could prove decisive, especially as they travel to The Etihad five days later; if Liverpool blow the Gunners away, it would be another significant statement of intent.
Clashes between these two have always been highly entertaining – 29 goals have been scored in their last six meetings, and I’d expect to see a few more this time around.
Arsenal have failed to win over half of their away games this season, and though they’ve scored 21 goals on the road, they have also shipped 16, and that’s not the sort of defensive record you want to take to Anfield.
The Gunners’ lacklustre away draw with Brighton, which succeeded a defeat at Southampton, firmly points towards Liverpool winning this.
While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are dangerous goal threats for Arsenal, I find it impossible to envisage a scenario where Liverpool don’t run riot against a defence which has conceded as many goals as Crystal Palace (25).
Liverpool have stuck 17 goals past Arsenal in their last five Anfield meetings, and there’s little evidence to suggest it’ll be any different here. Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently the best team in the league, and I’m backing them to win with both teams scoring, priced at a hefty 9/5.
THE TEAM NEWS
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Unavailable: Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured), Gomez (Injured), Matip (Injured)
Doubtful: Milner (Injured), Moreno (Injured)
Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1): Leno; Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Sokratis; Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Iwobi; Aubameyang
Unavailable: Bellerin (Injured), Smith-Rowe (Injured), Mavropanos (Injured), Welbeck (Injured), Holding (Injured), Mkhitaryan (Injured)
Doubtful: Mustafi (Injured), Monreal (Injured)
Liverpool’s stunning run of form will be put to the test here against an Arsenal side that are showing more character this season. Emery’s men will relish taking them on at Anfield and though it will be a tough assignment for them too, both defences are likely to be breached here.
Futaa Match Facts
There have been 12 total goals in the last three EPL clashes between these sides.
Liverpool is undefeated in their last 29 home matches in the EPL.
When playing at home, Liverpool has not lost to Arsenal in their last five encounters.
Liverpool’s home record this season: 8-1-0.
Mohamed Salah is Liverpool FC’s top scorer with 12 goals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 13 times for Arsenal.