Liverpool vs Arsenal – Match Preview
As far as this weekend’s Premier League schedule is concerned, the best has most certainly be saved until last and with defending champions Liverpool playing host to Arsenal, we should be in for an entertaining meeting at Anfield.
Even though this is only week three of the season, the two clubs have recently met and with Arsenal getting the better of Liverpool in the Community Shield, manager Mikel Arteta will hope for more of the same this Monday.
Then again, the curtain raiser to the domestic English soccer season, is nothing more than a glorified friendly these days and although the Gunners will have celebrated such a victory, Liverpool fans will not be reading all that much into it.
Because the Premier League is the bread and butter as far as they are concerned and with this being a competition that is difficult to win but even more difficult to defend, the hard work now begins for Jurgen Klopp and his players.
Work that could and should have been a lot more difficult last Sunday, as they faced more London based opposition in the shape of Chelsea. However, Frank Lampard’s men failed to turn up at Stamford Bridge and the Merseyside outfit strolled to a 2-0 win.
That coupled with the opening day win over Leeds means that Liverpool are on the maximum return of six points for the season so far and that is the same figure that Arsenal also find themselves on, after getting the better of Fulham and West Ham.
In previous times there was a sense of Arsenal only managing to draw matches ugly and letting hard-fought wins pass them by. Now though, that mindset has been converted to winning ugly instead and that is exactly what was on show at home to West Ham last Saturday.
It may not have been vintage Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta is certainly cultivating something new at the Emirates and thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s late winner, it means the North Londoners find themselves third in the Premier League table
Their current standing is one place ahead of Liverpool and although that offers a modicum of bragging rights, it means very little in the grand scheme of things and the real bragging will take place if they can beat Liverpool on Monday.
If they can pull of such a feat, it would be a real statement of intent and could very well prove to be the catalyst for their top four hopes at the end of the season. However, this is Liverpool at home and their home is nothing less than a fortress.
Liverpool have won 26 of their last 27 Premier League outings at home and it is this phenomenal record which makes them the favourites at the start of the week, as the moneyline odds have them at -200.
In each of the four combined matches that they and Arsenal have competed in this season, they have always had the favourite tag and this means the visitors need to make do with the role of underdog at +528, with the draw being +374.