This is a huge clash at Anfield on Saturday evening. Liverpool have managed to power their way to a six-point lead at the top of the table over Christmas. Now the task is to maintain their advantage. This is a tough game for them as they welcome the Gunners to Anfield. Arsenal are pushing for a top-four spot and could have the attacking threat to rattle the Reds.
Still, it is Liverpool who are the favourites. The Odds on Liverpool to beat Arsenal are 1/2* (betting odds taken on December 29th, 2018 at 2:49 pm)
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
What a season it has been for Liverpool. They collected a 4-0 home win over Newcastle on Boxing Day and that moved them on to an eight-match winning streak in the Premier League. They are showing no sign of slowing up at all. With the form of Manchester City falling away through December, Liverpool now hold a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League heading into the final weekend of 2018.
But it’s a lead not over the reigning champions Man City, it is over Spurs. So will the Reds be able to continue their positive momentum as they play host to Arsenal on Saturday evening? The Reds earned a point from a 1-1 draw when they took a trip to North London to face Arsenal earlier this season. They have fantastic home from going against the Gunners though.
Liverpool have remained undefeated in their last five home games against Arsenal now, winning four of those. They have scored at least two goals in each of those five games in that sequence. In total Liverpool have come up with seventeen goals in their last five Premier League home fixtures against Arsenal. With the Reds averaging almost 2.5 goals per home this season in the top flight, will that be too much for Arsenal to handle?
It may not even be so much about stacking up the two powerful attacks against each other. There is a clear difference in the defensive strength of Liverpool over that of Arsenal. Liverpool have conceded just two home goals this season in the EPL having taken a clean sheet in 78% of fixtures at Anfield. Arsenal meanwhile are still looking for their first away clean sheet this season in the top flight. There should be chances for the Reds.
It’s not as if Arsenal are a bad side. But their form on the road just isn’t there lately. They have failed to win any of their last three on the road (D2 L1) after playing out a draw at Brighton on Boxing Day. They have the goals in them without question, having scored at least two goals in every road fixture. But their defence has remained vulnerable and that could be the advantage that Liverpool needs.
Liverpool have the edge at the moment. They are confident, they have tremendous momentum behind them and they are on home soil. Arsenal have the scoring power to threaten the defence of the Reds, but of the two defences, Liverpool’s is clearly superior. That could be very telling and Liverpool are strong enough to expose Arsenal’s weaknesses at the back. The Odds on Liverpool to beat Arsenal are 1/2* (betting odds taken on December 29th, 2018 at 2:49 pm) and that looks a strong proposition.
One of the most anticipated fixtures on the English football calendar is Liverpool v Manchester United. The two bitter rivals will meet up on Sunday at Anfield and the fortunes of the two giants couldn’t be more contrasting than it is at the moment.
Liverpool are on a serious Premier League title hunt, whereas Manchester United have a huge job ahead of them just to try and get themselves into the top five. The odds on Liverpool to beat Manchester United are short at 4/7* (betting odds taken on December 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm)
Man Utd 5/1
* (betting odds taken on December 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm)
There has been a big gulf between the two sides this season. Last weekend Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table. That was after a comfortable win against Bournemouth, while Chelsea did the Reds a huge favour in beating Manchester City. It left Liverpool as the only unbeaten side in the English top flight this season after sixteen games played. Can they extend it a step further in this big test?
Manchester, in contrast, are starting the weekend in sixth place but that is only part of the story. They are starting a massive eight points adrift of fifth-placed Arsenal and 18 behind leaders Liverpool. That is a gulf that they are not going to be making up over the course of the season and it is easy to see why there has been so much pressure on boss Jose Mourinho.
The Reds have every reason to be confident. They are clearly the more confident of the two sides. They have a settled side, they have a manager who believes in his players and they are delivering the quality. Their home form is W6 D1 L0 for the season and they have averaged over two goals per game. Given that Manchester United have managed only two clean sheets all season, indicates that the Red Devils are going to struggle at Anfield.
The 4/7 odds on Liverpool to beat Manchester United* (betting odds taken on December 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm) look even stronger when you size up the fact that the Reds have conceded just the one goal this season on home soil in the Premier League. The Reds are fluent in attack and have been so difficult to break down at the back. They are a clearly a team who are working for each other.
Manchester United meanwhile look very short of confidence and have produced some abject displays. There are major problems when their record signing Paul Pogba can’t get a start. They look disjointed and struggling under some conservative tactics that clearly aren’t working for them. The Red Devils have conceded 26 goals in their 16 league games so far. Only five teams (four of them the current bottom four) have conceded more goals than Manchester United have done this season
Liverpool have not beaten Manchester United in any of their last eight league meetings. But the timing looks perfect at the moment for them to go and snap that run of winless form against the Red Devils. Their star striker Mo Salah has scored in five of Liverpool’s league home games this season and he has come back into terrific form, netting a hattrick last weekend against Bournemouth. An inspirational game from him could help the Reds topple Manchester United
Liverpool have not suffered a loss in any of their last 28 Premier League home games. They have earned a clean sheet in eleven of their last twelve league outings at Anfield. That is just how strong they have been defensively. They have also taken a clean sheet in each of their last three home games against the Red Devils in all competitions now. This is a big moment for the Reds. It is not the time to be slipping up after having gained a crucial lead in the title race last weekend.
The first Merseyside derby of the season arrives on Sunday afternoon and Liverpool will be feeling the pressure. Not only do they have the home-field advantage in the derby, but they will also be putting their unbeaten form for the season on the line.
Everton are probably the last team that the Anfield crew would want to suffer their first league defeat against this season. The odds on Liverpool to beat Everton are at 4/11* (Betting Odds were taken on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.) leaving Jurgen Klopp’s men as strong favourites. Can they deliver yet again?
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.)
The longer the unbeaten run of Liverpool goes on the longer that the pressure is going to mount on them. They are thirteen games into the season though with a W10 D3 record on the board and they just seem to be handling things fine in terms of pressure, at the moment. Last weekend they had a tricky away game at Watford and sailed through the game with flying colours, posting a 3-0 win.
Their form at Anfield this season is W5 D1 and the only team to deny them points at Anfield has been Manchester City in a 0-0 draw back at the start of October. Liverpool were all about their immense attacking power last season and while they have bettered their goal tally of 25 goals after 13 games of last season’s campaign by one, the clear difference is in their defence. Liverpool had conceded 18 goals after three games last season, this time around they have just the five against them.
Liverpool have conceded just the one goal at Anfield this season in the English top flight and that was surprisingly against relegation-candidates Cardiff. So that is a clean sheet for the Reds in all but one of their home games this season and Liverpool to win to nil suddenly looks a very handy proposition at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.). Why wouldn’t it be? No-one has conceded fewer goals in the top flight than Liverpool have this season.
But they still have their attacking prowess of course and it has gotten better over the last few games. They have netted ten goals in their last four games in the top flight and it has been nine in their last four at Anfield. There has been a bit of a trend running with Mo Salah. The Egyptian has scored the opening goal in four of Liverpool’s last five games and on the back of that he looks a valuable 13/5 first goalscorer punt.
Liverpool tend not to sit back early in games and they have been leading at the halftime break in all but one of their home games this season (the 0-0 against Man City the exception). So they are able to come out, get the goal on the board and see games out. Manchester City are the only side with a better home record than Liverpool in this season’s campaign and with the Reds unbeaten in their last seventeen Merseyside derby matches (all competitions) the omens look good for the Reds as well.
The Toffees have looked a much better unit this season under Marco Silva, and they drew great comments when they played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in their last away game. They deserved the point as well. They have moved up to sixth in the table with five wins in their last seven games (D1 L1) so there has been a bit of momentum from the blue side of Merseyside. However, there is a clear disparity between their home strengths and their away strengths.
Everton have won just the one away game in the top flight this season (D3 L2) and that was out at Leicester at the start of October. If means from their four games away at sides currently above them in the top eight, Everton are winless (D2 L2), failing to score in two of those as well. The Toffees have scored almost twice as many goals at home as they have done away this season and have earned only the one clean sheet on their travels. It points to them not being ready to break their long winless spell in the league at Anfield.
Arsenal v Liverpool Preview – November 3rd 2018 at 5.30 pm
Arsenal and Liverpool will square off at the Emirates on Saturday evening in what is a massive clash in the top four of the league. The Gunners have been powering their way through some fantastic form and can move to within a point of current second-placed side Liverpool if they were to continue their winning form at home.
Can Liverpool hold off the attention of the in-form Gunners as they defend their unbeaten start to the new season?
Liverpool even money
Dare 13/5* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm)
There recent games between these two have been thrilling and frankly, we can only hope for more of the same. Each of the last five Premier League games between these two sides have produced at least four goals. So right out of the gate,, it is worth having a look over 3.5 goals at 13/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm).
There simply hasn’t been a let up in the scoring between them recently. Last season Liverpool pounded the Gunners 4-0 at Anfield, before playing out a 3-3 draw on their trip to London to face them. Arsenal are underdogs for this one on home soil and that is because they are without a win in their last six Premier League games against Liverpool (D3 L3). So they haven’t gotten the better of the Reds for a while. However, their current home form suggests that they can deliver something.
After that questionable start to the season with back to back defeats against Man City and Chelsea, Arsenal have settled down to life under new boss Unai Emery with some ease. They are on a four-match winning streak at the Emirates in the league and they have scored at least two goals in each of those. Overall this season Arsenal have outscored Liverpool and only leaders, Man City have bagged more league goals than Arsenal have done so far.
In fact, Arsenal have scored at least two goals in each of their last nine league games. So they certainly take the game to Liverpool. The odds on Arsenal to beat Liverpool are 5/2 and not unappealing* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm). They certainly have their merits and their strengths. Their powerful attack being one of them and that attack has seen one man come more and more into goalscoring form.
After impressing over the second half of last season following his January move to Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a slow start to this season’s campaign, but he has come into life fully in front of goal. He has fired off five goals in Arsenal’s last three games and is going to have to be considered at 5/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm). He has three goals in his last three league home games. This will be his first appearance for Arsenal against Liverpool.
The key for Arsenal is going to be trying to keep the Liverpool attack quiet and considering that clean sheets have been difficult for the Gunners this season, that is questionable. Arsenal have earned only the two clean sheets this season but they were both at home in wins over Everton and Watford towards the end of September. But they have none in their last five (home and away) and they are facing a Liverpool attach which can destroy teams.
To be fair though, Liverpool’s attack overall hasn’t looked as strong and sharp as it was last season, but they were certainly awake last weekend when the Reds hammered the struggling Cardiff at Anfield. But still, when you look at Arsenal’s home record this season they have only conceded four home goals overall which is less than a goal per game on Average so that suggests that there is enough in them to hold out.
Again going back to their attack, it is that which has been such the bright spark for them. Arsenal were on a tremendous seven-match winning streak in the Premier League before it was snapped in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend. The Gunners gave up two pretty needless penalty kicks in the game to deny themselves three points. They were 2-1 up inside the final ten minutes before giving Palace the shot at earning a point from the spot.
Liverpool have played both Manchester City and Chelsea already this season, two of the other top four sides and were held to a draw in both of them. Out at Chelsea, they were rescued by a late goal from substitute Daniel Sturridge to give them a point, but that was out of the blue and in a game in which they never really looked like scoring.
Then against Manchester City, the Reds went into their shell again in a tough match at the Etihad, playing out a 0-0 against the reigning champions. That wasn’t a bad point at all considering, but in terms of seeing Liverpool win on the weekend in the capital, it may be a pointer to them not doing so.
The odds on Arsenal to beat Liverpool at 5/2* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm) will have punters tempted for sure. Arsenal are carrying form and while the recent head to head is in Liverpool’s favour, Arsenal are W2 D2 L1 in their last five Premier League home games against the Reds and have scored at least three goals in three of their last four home games against Liverpool. They are at least worth a double chance consideration.
The heavyweight showdown of the Premier League weekend comes from Anfield on Sunday evening as the top-two in the league clash. Liverpool and Manchester City have been setting the pace with both having put 19 points on the board.
Both are defending their unbeaten records in this massive clash. It is going to be the perfect chance for one of these to stamp a bit of authority on proceedings at the top of the table. For Manchester City, it would a massive three away points.
Man City 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)
There are matches which just have that six-pointer feel about them. This is one of those. Certainly three points gained for Manchester City at the home of their main title rival would be three points taken from Liverpool. It would give the Citizens a positive advantage and it would see them make a pretty strong, bold statement that they are still the ones to beat in the top flight.
Because of the upcoming international break then this does appear to be a good time for Manchester City to be going into a tough game out on the road. It means that they don’t have to try and conserve anything or worry about a forthcoming fixture. They can go to Anfield and leave everything out there and that should make them dangerous. The odds on Manchester City to win are at 15/8 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 5th, 2018 at 1:35 pm).
It’s fair to say that Liverpool haven’t quite been on top of their game lately. They were unbeaten until they met Chelsea in the EFL and then they only picked up a point in a draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League a few days later against the Blues. Then the Reds slipped to a 1-0 loss in the UEFA Champions League against Napoli so that’s a run of there without a win for the Reds now.
So this could be a great time for City to strike and win that battle for dominance at the top of the table. As expected the Citizens have again been pretty potent in front of goal and with Liverpool’s front line, including Mo Salah misfiring a bit, City would have the edge.
Pep Guardiola’s men are on a four-match winning streak in the Premier League and each of their last three wins have been with a clean sheet so they have been stepping it up at the back. They have scored at least two goals in all but one of their top-flight fixtures this season as well. Generally, these top of the table clashes fail to get going but we are looking at over 2.5 goals which is at 3/5 odds* (betting odds taken from October 5th, 2018 at 1:35 pm).
City strong on the road and they have won eight of their last nine league games away from the Etihad. That’s some imperious stuff from them. They have netted at least two goals in all but one of their last seven games and they have been winning at both half time and full time in seven of their last nine away matches. This would be the perfect occasion on which to improve that already-strong away from.
Liverpool look a bit jaded and more conservative than we have seen them for a while. They aren’t a full confidence and Manchester City have the tools and guile to go and cause an upset at Anfield by sweeping up all three points. They will be out for some revenge after some harrowing defeats at the hands of the Reds.
Chelsea and Liverpool, two top clubs defending unbeaten records this season in the Premier League go head to head in a massive clash on the weekend. The two will meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening in a battle of supremacy and the winner could even end up on top of the pile. Will Chelsea be able to extend their winning streak at home or will Liverpool claim a massive three points in the title race?
* (betting odds taken on September 26th, 2018 at 5:56 pm)
There sure is a case to be made for the Reds on their trip to Stamford Bridge. They are running in perfect form with six wins from six this season in the Premier League, and just don’t appear to be slowing up at all. Last weekend they had a stroll in the park as they posted a 3-0 home win over Southampton to keep their powerful start to the season going.
Liverpool have scored at least two goals in five of their six league games played and that is likely to send this game over 2.5 goals which is at 13/20 odds* (betting odds taken on September 26th, 2018 at 5:56 pm). They have struck exactly two in each of their three road games in the top flight this season.
That has been part of the reason why they have been going so strongly, and the other reason is their improved defence. That has been a notable aspect of their season. Liverpool have taken four clean sheets in their six games played so far this season. So that combined has given them a tremendous output and they are looking more like genuine title challengers than they were last season. They seem to have all the tools in place.
That is why they could land a big points haul at Stamford Bridge. The Reds have proven that they can go up against the best in the league away from home and win. They made a recent trip to Spurs in a high-profile clash and they came away with a 2-1 win. Liverpool were really comfortable in that and they only conceded in the 90th minute of the game at Wembley.
Three of the last four wins that they have recorded in the Premier League have been by a one-goal margin and that they have own by, including that away victory over Spurs. Liverpool to win by 1 goal margin is at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on September 26th, 2018 at 5:56 pm). That may have a lot of appeals as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to raid the Bridge. It wouldn’t be the first time in the recent head to head.
Liverpool have won two of their last three Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge, going W2 D1 L1 in their last four there. So that’s a pretty handy recent that they have going against the Blues and Liverpool have only lost one of their last seven league contests against Chelsea.
There are two powerful attacks being pitted against each other. Chelsea have been a free-flowing scoring side at home this term where they are holding a 100% record. But last weekend they slipped up as they were frustrated in a 0-0 draw at the struggling West Ham in a London derby. So that was the first sign this season that they could perhaps be held at bay by a well-organised defence.
This is a huge chance for the Reds to bag another important three points on the road. They have also shown their strengths against Spurs and with the scoring threats that they have through the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and the rejuvenated Daniel Sturridge with Chelsea struggling in the centre-forward position, the extra power in attack that the visitors have, could well be the difference maker.