English Premier League preview: Arsenal vs Liverpool – The Emirates Stadium – November 3, 2018 – 17:30 hrs
Arsenal vs Liverpool Tips
Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool at 11/1 with Bet365 Odds *
Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool at 20/1 with Bet365 Odds *
* Arsenal vs Liverpool Odds taken from the leading online bookmakers and were correct as of 02/11/2018 – subject to change.
Arsenal's phenomenal run of 10 wins under new coach Unai Emery ended when they were held 2-2 at Selhurst Park by a determined Crystal Palace. The Gunners were lackluster before break but found life after the interval, as was the case in many of their previous games. Against Liverpool, whom they host at the Emirates on Saturday, they could find themselves under pressure right from the start with Salah, Firminio and Sadio Mane getting their mojo back. If they are down by a goal or two in the first-half they may find it much harder to make a comeback in the second against an opposition of the caliber of Liverpool. Alexandre Lacazette was well below his best in the Palace game and will have to step up his act on Saturday. The French striker's partner, Pierre Aubameyang, is looking much better. Directly involved in 22 goals in his 23 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, Aubameyang will be a major threat to the Liverpool defense. But the Reds' defense of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Brazilian goalie Alisson have been spot-on, conceding a meager 4 goals from their 10 Premier league outings. In fact, Arsenal look more likely to conceded on Saturday as their track record in the current season would suggest. The Gunners despite their flurry of wins, have conceded as many as 13 goals and maintained clean-sheets in just 2 out of their 10 Premier league games, that too, against sides like Everton and Watford.
Hector Bellerin looks doubtful ahead of Saturday's clash. The Arsenal defender was forced off the field at half-time with a muscular problem in the Crystal Palace game and Emery will probably not even risk playing him in the mid-week EFL clash against Blackpool. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are both battling thigh problems while Laurent Koscielny is yet to return to full match fitness. Goalkeeper Peter Cech in all likelihood make a return for the clash against Liverpool after having been rested for the Palace and Blackpool games.
For the Reds, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson could return having missed last weekend's game against Cardiff City. Keita has not featured in quite a few recent outings having sustained a hamstring injury while representing his country, Guinea, in an international fixture a fortnight ago.
Liverpool have had a mixed October, losing in two and winning in two of their 4 outings in all forms of competitions. But last weekend's 4-1 drubbing of Cardiff City will give them some confidence going into the November 3 Emirates clash. Both Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah will look to add to the goals they scored against Cardiff.
The bookmakers' odds are on Liverpool to take Saturday evening's game at the Emirates given the Gunners' dismal recent history against the visitors. Liverpool have remained undefeated in their previous six meetings with Arsenal, in fact, winning three of them. But considering the form the Gunners are in under Emery, a 2-2 result looks more of a possibility.
The Gunners, though, face the danger of slipping out of the Top Four if they lose this one. In which case, they will seriously rue the draw they played out against Crystal Palace and losing 2 precious points in the process. Jurgen Klopp's Reds will not go below the third spot even if the outcome doesn't go their way on November the 3rd, given the pinnacle position they share with Manchester City on 26 points. Arsenal are on 22 points from 10 games and even a win on Saturday will not take them within reach of their weekend opponents.