Liverpool vs Arsenal preview, betting tips and predictions: Reds to continue their hold over Wenger’s men at Anfield
Liverpool to win and @ BTTS at 13/5 with Betfair
Draw HT/Liverpool FT @ 9/2 with Betfair
Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime @ 21/10 with Betfair
Liverpool were a team for the big games last season, remaining unbeaten in all of their home games against the top six sides in the Premier League. Arsenal, meanwhile, struggled to make any sort of impact in these games, failing to show the sort of mental strength they would later in the FA Cup final, which they won 2-1 against Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s motivational techniques, as well as his high-intensity football, were main factors in their ability to turn up for these games, and they will be in buoyant mood after their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, the kind of game they struggled with last term. The Gunners are still licking their wounds after a 1-0 defeat at Stoke and Anfield is among the last places they’ll want to visit right now.
Wenger’s men do not appear to have equipped themselves any better for the big games, with Alexandre Lacazette, their club record signing, seemingly replacing Alexis Sanchez as the standout player who can cut a frustrated figure when things aren’t going well. But at 21/10 to score any time, he is fantastic value, because as he showed in the Premier League opener against Leicester, he will be in amongst everything Arsenal do in an attacking sense. But you sense if they are to see the true fruits of their labour, they need to get the Frenchman alongside Sanchez this season.
But the game against Watford showed Liverpool are still susceptible at the back and when it comes to defending set pieces. Arsenal will be well in with a shout of scoring and if they do that early enough, they could get a foothold in the game. But Sadio Mane, the chief creator for Liverpool in these games, should inspire them to victory again, at 13/5 if Arsenal score, or if it goes to the wire in the second half at 9/2.
Mane himself is at 9/5 to net anytime, which is fantastic value considering his impact home and away against Arsenal last season.
Key battle: Mohamed Salah vs Hector Bellerin
Liverpool’s greatest strength last season was their ability to stretch the pitch and overwhelm teams. That, however, lived and died with Mane and Salah’s arrival from Roma this summer provides another option on the other flank. Arsenal are traditionally strong down the right because of Bellerin, but he is likely to start at wing-back, with Wenger’s aim to contain Liverpool and keep them central. If the Reds can keep Salah as wide as possible, that will open up space for either Daniel Sturridge or Roberto Firmino up front as well as the onrushing midfielders. If that happens, Liverpool will have Arsenal exactly where they want them and it will be easier for them to gain control and eventually win the match.