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Arsenal vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

 

Arsenal vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

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03 April 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Premier League Emirates Stadium

Following a thrilling 3-3 draw with West Ham United, Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they face Liverpool at their Emirates Stadium. 


The Gunners have been scoring goals for fun in the English top flight, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Liverpool. 

Since Mikel Arteta should have a full squad to choose from, we are positive that the hosts will find the net in Saturday’s derby.

The Reds, on the other hand, aim to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and seeing that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Emirates Stadium clash, both teams to score betting option should be considered. 

All Henderson, Gomez, Van Dijk, and Matip remain sidelined with injuries, but Firmino and Origi should be fit to face the Gunners. 

Over 2.5 goals have been netted in each of the previous four meetings between the two clubs in the Premier League.

Arsenal vs Liverpool: Head to Head

Teams Arsenal Liverpool played so far 55 matches.
Arsenal won 20 direct matches. Liverpool won 16 matches. 19 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.42 goals per Match.

Arsenal vs Liverpool: Prediction

Arsenal in actual season average scored 1.70 goals per match. In 14 (70.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (60.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool average scored 1.98 goals per match in season 2021. In 19 (82.61%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (52.17%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Two of Arsenal's brightest youngsters in Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are struggling with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively - with the former having to pull out of England duty - and the attacking duo remain doubts ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

Saka's possible absence would give Nicolas Pepe the chance to flourish on the right wing as Willian battles a calf issue, and the Ivorian will likely be joined by Odegaard, Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the latter rediscovering his goalscoring touch for Gabon during the international break.

Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey will not be broken up in midfield, while David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes should form the centre-back pairing, but Arteta has a huge call to make on the right-hand side of defence.

Hector Bellerin was dropped from the squad to face West Ham and Chambers grasped his opportunity with both hands, but given the speed and directness of Liverpool's wide men, the agile Bellerin may be preferred by Arteta this weekend.

Liverpool would love to welcome Roberto Firmino back to the fold this weekend given his extraordinary strike rate against Arsenal, and the Brazilian forward has indeed returned to training following a knee injury and could be available this weekend.

It would be harsh to drop Jota, but Firmino enjoys playing Arsenal more than any other team in the top flight and will hope to be given the nod alongside the effervescent Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, the latter of whom has scored four of his seven Premier League goals this season in London.

Fabinho is able to marshal the midfield with Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak forming a protective barrier in front of Alisson, while Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a decent shift against Wolves, but it was not enough to see him earn a place in the England squad.

Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip complete a quartet of long-term absentees for Liverpool, and Divock Origi is also uncertain with a muscular problem, but the cult hero is expected to depart Anfield this summer anyway.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Match officials

Referee: Stuart Attwell. Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Sian Massey-Ellis. Fourth official: Andre Marriner. VAR: Jonathan Moss. Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday.


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