Liverpool v Arsenal Betting Preview
March 01, 2017
Fourth plays fifth as Liverpool meet Arsenal in the Premier League showcase at Anfield on Saturday. Two seriously under-pressure bosses too as German Jurgen Klopp pits his wits against Frenchman Arsene Wenger. Both sides went into 2017 harbouring title hopes, but find these in tatters after some abject displays of late. Both under-fire bosses will now be more than happy to scramble into the top four, especially with Jose Mourinho’s in-form Manchester United breathing down their necks in sixth spot.
Hosts Liverpool, without the distraction of any European football have been especially disappointing in 2017, bagging just two wins in their last 12 in all comps. And one of them was a fortuitous 1-0 vs mighty Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup. The Red men have won just won of their last seven PL games (vs second place Spurs in their last home outing) allowing 12 goals in that time. For all their attacking talents, Monday’s 3-1 defeat at struggling Leicester showed it’s a team that oddly struggles without the combative Jordan Henderson in midfield.
As for Arsenal, reeling from a 5-1 drubbing against Bayern Munich, which seriously went astray after their captain Laurent Koscielny hobbled off just after half time. To put it mildly, the Arsenal defence went to pieces without the calming influence of the French international. Certainly, Liverpool backers should be confident if Kos isn’t fit, while Gunners fans simply have to check whether Kos is likely to play before placing too much faith in their side.
Due to cup commitments, this is the Gunners only PL game till March 18 and currently Arsenal are again just about doing enough to hold onto their annual “Holy Grail” of 4th place and a CL qualification spot. Next Tuesday, they will make their annual last 16 exit from Europe, already 5-1 down from the away leg in Munich and absolutely doomed against German giants Bayern.
It was clear from witnessing the 1st leg in Munich at first hand, that Alexis Sanchez is too good for the Gunners and the Chilean’s an industry-wide 6-1 to score the 1st goal at Anfield. Sanchez can be backed at a decent 23-10 to score at any time. Liverpool goals could come from a number of candidates, but I am strangely drawn to James Milner to score AAT, 5-1 with Betway if you fancy a penalty from the former England man.
Looking at the bigger picture, Liverpool have struggled against the PL lesser lights like Burnley, Hull, Bournemouth and Swansea to name but a few. But no matter how poor Liverpool were at another relegation-threatened side in Leicester on Monday, the Reds have shown the ability to raise their game against all the current top four with wins against Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City. I expect Saturday to be no different and Liverpool to hit back against an average Arsenal side, who they beat 4-3 at the Emirates in a goal-fest earlier in the season.
The Reds will go off around even money to win this game on home soil, with BETFRED currently leading the way at 11-10. BTTS and a Liverpool win with 188 bet (29-10) catches the eye, especially with both defences struggling for any consistency. And siding completely with Klopp’s charges I’ll go with the HT FT Liverpool at 12-5 with a standout 12-5 with CORAL.