Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night in an 8pm kick-off at Anfield as Brett Curtis brings you his Liverpool v Arsenal Bet Builder on the game.
Both sides have made a 100% start to the new campaign, with Liverpool’s comfortable 2-0 win at Chelsea and Arsenal’s nervy 2-1 home win over West Ham last weekend keeping both sides in the top four places heading into this meeting.
Mikel Arteta has overseen his side to two consecutive wins over the champions – albeit last month’s Community Shield was settled by a penalty shoot-out – so Jurgen Klopp certainly has plenty to ponder.
However, the bookmakers still have Liverpool as odds-on 11/20 favourites. The draw is 7/2, with an Arsenal win 17/4.
Captain Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and former Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are definitely out for the Reds, with goalkeeper Alisson and new midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara injury doubts.
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Should Alisson fail to be passed fit, Adrian will make his first start for the club since his errors against Atletico Madrid cost his side their place in last season’s Champions League.
Joe Gomez is expected to be fit so may slot into central defence with Fabinho, who kept Timo Werner quiet at Stamford Bridge, moving back into his favoured holding midfield role.
Arsenal are without Skhodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares and Gabriel Martinelli, but given that none of them are generally first XI players, the Gunners look in considerably stronger health.
Some may consider them value to avoid defeat in this game, then, at 29/20 (Unibet).
However, Liverpool have won their last four league games at Anfield against Arsenal. Providing Adrian deals with the limited amount of shots which are likely to come his way, they should still be too strong for their opponents.
One man who may fancy prospering from the downgrade in Liverpool’s goal is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Having scored a screamer in last month’s Community Shield, the Gabon forward is 8/5 to score anytime (Unibet).
Sky Bet have doubled up him and Mohamed Salah having two or more shots on target each to 8/1. I’m not convinced it will land – Aubameyang failed to record two or more shots on target against any ‘Big Six’ opponent last season – but nonetheless it is a very fair price, especially if Alisson doesn’t start.
Craig Pawson officiates this one and he has shown both sides one or more card in 13 of his last 17 Premier League games. I will put this into a bet365 Bet Builder along with Liverpool to score 1+ goal and take 5+ corners at odds of 4/5.
Liverpool have never failed to score against Arsenal under Klopp and they averaged 7.53 corners per home game last season, with Arsenal averaging 6.37 against them away from home.