Liverpool v Arsenal: Who has the edge in this Crucial Clash?
Arsenal enjoyed a break from league action last weekend as their scheduled opponents Southampton were involved in the EFL Cup final and that may prove significant when the teams meet in Saturday’s late kick off. Will a rest help the Gunners take all three points?
Meanwhile, Liverpool turned in a poor performance on Monday night, going down 3-1 to manager-less Leicester City. That’s not great preparation for the Reds ahead of what will be a vital game in terms of Champions League Qualification.
Liverpool will start the game as narrow odds-against favourites with a current best price of 21/20 with Paddy Power and Stan James. Arsenal follow at their best odds of 13/5 with Bet365 and Paddy Power while the draw is listed at a top price of 67/25 with MarathonBet.
This would be a tough fixture to call at any point but the form of both teams coming into this is very mixed. That defeat at Leicester left Liverpool with just one win and four defeats from their last six while Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have three wins and three defeats in the same period.
The Gunners therefore edge it in terms of form but Liverpool’s home advantage cancels that out meaning that the draw becomes a strong option.
Individual Goal Scorer
We’ll come back to that difficult match bet later but for now, let’s look at the goal scoring markets where Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is the favourite to find the net first at best odds of 11/2 with William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Next up are a clutch of players listed at 6/1 including Sturridge’s team mate DivockOrigi who can be found at that figure with William Hill and Ladbrokes while Sadio Mane keeps the flag flying for the Reds at that same 6/1 with Coral and Boylesports.
Arsenal are also represented here with their most potent player Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean can be taken at 6/1 to find the net first with Paddy Power and Winner Sports while his French team mate Olivier Giroud can be backed at 13/2 with Bet365 and Paddy Power.
The players from Arsenal therefore offer the most value for this bet but while Giroud is a real tempter, the Frenchman may not start the game and would therefore be a stronger option for an anytime goal at 2/1 with BetFred and Bet365. BetFred also have their double delight hat trick heaven promo so are always worth a look for individual goal scorer betting.
Other Side Bets
When these teams met at the start of the season, we saw an incredible match with Liverpool running out as 4-3 winners. The Reds can have a potent attack while being susceptible at the back, as that game proved, but we’re expecting things to be much tighter on Saturday.
Under 2.5 goals has been priced at 11/10 with William Hill and Stan James and that’s a reasonable figure if the game is a cagey one. In fact, you might even want to consider a 0-0 correct score which would come in at a best of 12/1 with most bookies including Bet365 and SkyBet.
We could be proved wrong and we’ve seen how porous both sides can be at the back. Neither has been impressive and in their last 12 games combined, Liverpool and Arsenal have lost 12 games between them.
Those stats will have many punters looking for the Both Teams to Score Option which carries a top price here of 13/19 with 188Bet.
The match itself will be televised live by BT Sport in the UK with a kick off time of 5.30pm and is likely to attract some enhanced odds offers which will definitely give you some extra value. We feel that a tight game is in prospect with the draw a distinctly good bet in the standard markets and our full list of tips is published below.
- The Draw at 67/25 with MarathonBet
- Olivier Giroud to score any time at 2/1 with BetFred
- Under 2.5 goals at 11/10 with William Hill