Liverpool vs Arsenal Match Preview
When: Sunday August 27th, 4 pm BST
Watch: Sky Sports/EPL broadcasting partners worldwide
With all the transfer chatter surrounding both of these clubs star players, the actual match itself has been playing second fiddle even though it will give a good early indication of what level the teams are at. Barcelona seems intent on still trying to lure Liverpool’s star playmaker Coutinho to the Camp Nou, with bids of well over £100m being routinely rejected by the Scousers. Now struggling with a mysterious ‘illness’ it appears likely that the Brazil star has played his last match for Liverpool, although a decision will not be made until match day. Arsenal are still to resolve the future of Alexis Sanchez, who still refuses to sign a new deal but looks set to start at Anfield this coming Sunday afternoon.
Form & Statistical Analysis
Based on last season’s form Liverpool have been enjoying a decent run against The Gunners recently, beating them home and away last season and winning 3/4 of their last encounters. Just as worrying for Arsenal fans should be their dismal away record against the other top six clubs – last winning on the road back in January 2015 at Man City, while otherwise drawing five and losing seven. Liverpool, however, enjoy being the current top-six specialists, taking 20 points over ten top six matches – more than any other side. Neutrals should also look forward to plenty of late drama as this fixture has a habit of late goals, with 17 scored during injury time in the Premier League era (more than any other fixture).
Other facts worth bearing in mind:
* Liverpool have recorded three consecutive clean sheets at Anfield.
* Arsenal have lost eight of their last thirteen away matches in total.
* Both teams have attempted more shots than any other Premier League team (Liverpool 18, Arsenal 16) so far this season.
* Liverpool are Petr Cech’s bogey team. He has conceded more goals to them than anyone else.
* Form player Robert Firmino has hot three in four against Arsenal since arriving in England.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool have made a solid start to their campaign and go into the weekend on the back of a quality midweek win over Hoffenheim to secure their place in the Champions League group stages. Despite the Coutinho issues, the rest of the squad look settled and Firmino is rapidly starting to raise comparisons with old boy Luis Suarez. Influential midfielder Adam Lallana and full back Nataniel Clyne are ruled out of contention.
Arsenal Team News
Arsene Wenger is optimistic that Alexis Sanchez will be fit to take some part, even though he may be struggling with match fitness having not appeared since the FA Cup victory back in May. Also scheduled to start is Laurent Koscielny, while Santi Corzola remains on the treatment table struggling to get over a niggling Achilles which has been a long term problem.
Current Selected Bets
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Liverpool win 6/5
Arsenal win 5/2
Both to score: 1/2
Firmino anytime scorer: 13/10
Lazazette anytime scorer: 13/10
Much will be resting on Sanchez’s match fitness and whether he starts. Arsenal have had a shaky start to the season and clearly miss the Chilean when he’s out, as witnessed at their 1-0 defeat at Stoke last weekend. Liverpool are playing their third match in a row at home and looked very good midweek, so it’s difficult to look past them to nick this one. Expect goals!