Arsenal vs Liverpool / Premier League: What a start to the Premier League action in the most wonderful time of the year! This Friday night is reserved for a true PL classic: Arsenal vs Liverpool. In terms of history, it couldn’t be more competitive: out of 189 clashes, Liverpool has 70 wins while Arsenal 68, along with 51 draws.
Liverpool was dominant in the last three games against Arsenal, including this season’s clash at Anfield, where the Reds destroyed the team from London in a 4-0 win. Furthermore, the last 4 Premier League games between these arch rivals were loaded with creativity, fast plays and goals – every of these clashes finished with at least 4 goals on the both sides. It is fair to say that Arsenal vs Liverpool matches are bringing out the best of English football.
Arsenal won only 2 of their 5 last Premier League games, with the most recent against Newcastle, secured by a single memorable Mesut Özil strike. However, the Gunners produced some strong performances this season at home, winning 8 out of 9 games, as they were beaten only by Manchester United.
Arsenal continued to the next stage in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win against West Ham, but Arsène Wenger will have a lot of headaches due to the injuries of Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin, who were forced to limp off before the final whistle. Moreover, the Gunners boss still can’t count on Cazorla and Ramsey for the derby on Friday.
Liverpool’s last 5 Premier Leagues games indicate that they are able to maintain long series without a loss, but Klopp should be worried with the lack of efficiency in their two recent draws at home, against West Brom and Everton. Regarding their away form this season, Liverpool notched 5 wins, along with 2 draws and 2 losses.
Jürgen Klopp may be pleased with the overall health report of his team this season, with Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno being the only long-term injured players. Liverpool has a point advantage over Arsenal and they are hoping to continue their fantastic away form with 4 consecutive wins and to strengthen their position in the top four of the table.
How they could line up:
Arsenal predicted XI: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette
Liverpool predicted XI: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Coutinho, Mane
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Players to watch
Alexandre Lacazette quickly became fans’ favorite due to his goalscoring records at home. He scored 8 goals in the Premier League, and 6 of them at the Emirates Stadium. The French international established himself as a regular first team player and will look to keep up his solid form.
On the other side, rather unexpected, Mohamed Salah leads the Premier League scoring charts with 14 goals. The Egypt star has been attracting the attention with his pace and deadly finishing, enough for putting him again in the spotlight against the Gunners.
As it is apparently hard to predict who will come out as a winner against a fellow top four contender on Friday, out pick is to leave space for the fantastic goalscorers to speak out: Over 2.5 and both teams to score.