Prediction and odds for the game: Liverpool (9/20) vs Arsenal (5/1)
We are backing the draw at odds of 15/4
When: Saturday 20 November 2021, Kick-off 17:30
On Saturday evening, two of English football’s traditional powerhouses meet at Anfield, as Liverpool host Arsenal in a big Premier League clash.
The home team suffered their first league defeat of the season before the international break, as they went down 3-2 at David Moyes’ West Ham. The defeat followed a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Brighton, in which the Seagulls came back from two goals down to rescue a point.
The two games followed a worrying trend for Jurgen Klopp’s team when it comes to their defence, as they have now conceded at least twice in four of their previous six matches in the English top-flight. At the other end of the pitch, they are notoriously potent, though, as the men from Merseyside has also scored at least twice in their last eight matches in the Premier League.
Liverpool have been difficult to beat on home soil in the English top-flight of late, as the Reds are undefeated in nine league matches at Anfield. They have drawn too many of their home games in the Premier League, though, with three of their previous four top-flight games finishing in draws.
After a slightly unconvincing start to their league campaign, Arsenal have found form in recent weeks. The Gunners head to Merseyside on the back of an eight-game undefeated run in the English top-flight, a run in which they have claimed six victories. A 1-0 win over Watford in their last league outing also means that Mikel Arteta’s team has won their last three top-flight games.
The north London team have looked far more solid in defence of late, with five clean sheets in their previous eight Premier League games. The form of newly-capped England international Adam Ramsdale has particularly caught the eye. The 23-year-old is starting to look like a bargain buy.
Arsenal’s recent good form has put the visitors just two points behind their fourth-place opponents in the Premier League table.
The Gunners have performed well on their travels of late in the Premier League, as not only are they unbeaten in three away matches, but they have also won six out of their previous nine games on their travels in the English top-flight. A record of no goals conceded in their previous three away matches in the top-flight illustrates their new defensive solidity, too.
Liverpool are the favourites for victory in this clash. However, they have been far from perfect of late, especially at home. Arsenal look to be improving fast and are no longer pushovers. We are going to stick our necks out and back the draw. The other bet we are backing is over 2.5 goals, as Liverpool are highly potent in attack but vulnerable at the back. Arsenal are also highly effective going forward too.
Our Tips: We are backing the draw at odds of 15/4 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/15. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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Can the Gunners go to Merseyside and record a win or will the Reds record a home victory?