The most-anticipated English Premier League matchup of the weekend will be taking place on Merseyside where Liverpool will be hosting Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, March 4th. The Reds have been struggling mightily lately and enter this game after falling 3-1 away to reigning league champions Leicester City last Monday. Arsenal’s last outing was a 2-0 away win over Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on February 20th.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Liverpool as the favorites to win the game at 11/10 with Arsenal 5/2 and a draw at 12/5
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Liverpool vs Arsenal – Head to Head:
- The two sides met on opening day of the 2016/17 season with Liverpool winning 4-3 in London. They also met twice in league action last season and played to a 3-3 draw in Liverpool and a 0-0 draw in London. The clubs have met 221 times in the past with Liverpool winning 84, losing 78 and drawing the other 59. Six of the their previous encounters were FA Cup affairs and two were League Cup contests. Arsenal has four wins, four draws and two losses in the last 10 meetings. Liverpool has one just four of the past 23 encounters.
Liverpool – A Closer Look:
The Reds’ shot at the Premier League title is realistically over now after losing to Leicester last time out. They’re still hanging on to fifth place in the standings, but are 14 points behind league leaders Chelsea. They’re also four points behind second-place Tottenham Hotspur, three back of third-place Manchester City and a point behind fourth-place Arsenal with Man city and Arsenal having a game in hand. In addition, Liverpool is just one point ahead of sixth-place Manchester United with United also having a game in hand.
Liverpool has 49 points on the year from 14 wins, seven draws and five losses with a shared league-best 55 goals for and 33 against. They’ve won just two of their past dozen contests in all competitions along with six defeats and four draws. On the other side of the coin, they’ve lost just seven of their past 30 games in all competitions. The Reds have eight wins, three draws and one loss at away home this season with 31 goals scored and 11 allowed.
In their past 10 league contests, Liverpool has four wins, three draws and three losses with 15 goals scored and 13 allowed. Manager Jurgen Klopp has a several injury problems to deal with as defender Dejan Lovren, midfielder Jordan Henderson and injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge are all questionable. In addition, goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is out for the rest of the season along with forward Danny Ings. In addition, midfielder Marko Grujic is listed as day to day while midfielder Lucas Leiva is expected to play.
Arsenal – A Closer Look:
The Gunners enters the weekend in fourth place in the standings with 50 points after 25 games. They’re 13 points behind first-place Chelsea, three behind second-place Tottenham and two back of third pace Man City. They’re a point ahead of fifth-place Liverpool and a pair up on sixth-place Manchester United. In addition, they have a game in hand on Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool.
Arsenal has won seven of their past 12 games in all competitions and have six wins, a draw and losses in their last 11 Premier League contests with 21 goals scored and 14 allowed. The Gunners have 15 victories this season along with five draws and five losses with 54 goals scored and 28 conceded. They previously went 23 outings in all competitions without losing a game earlier in the campaign.
Arsenal has six victories away from home this season along with three draws and three losses with 28 goals for and 15 against. Manager Arsene Wenger finally has some of his injured players back, but defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Aaron Ramsey are both questionable while forward Yaya Sanogo isn’t expected to play and midfielder Santi Cazorla is out for the season.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – Takeaway:
Realistically, these teams are fighting for a top-four finish and a berth in next season’s European champions League. Liverpool has been brutal in recent weeks so may be happy with just a draw