Two of England’s most prestigious and historic clubs will reignite their rivalry Wednesday evening as league champions Liverpool take on a struggling Arsenal side.
Though Liverpool have already won the league, manager Jurgen Klopp has continued to push his side forward and hopes to secure the Premier League points record. There is still business to do, though some squad rotation is expected down the stretch.
For Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, it’s been a roller-coaster of quality since returning for the restart. Their offense has shined, but their defense continues to sputter. Their last time out in the North London Derby vs. Tottenham, they suffered a crushing defeat to their bitter rivals. Arteta knows that the Gunners’ play without the ball needs to be better, and playing a squad like Liverpool will really magnify that.
Neither side really have all that much to play for in terms of positioning. With only pride on the line, we should see an emphasis on youth within the team, but also some exciting chances forward. This should be an open match. For further analysis, read on beneath BetOnline’s odds for a full preview and betting prediction as Arsenal takes on first-place Liverpool. Enjoy the game, folks!
Arsenal vs. Liverpool Betting Odds:
Over 3 (-109)
Under 3 (-111)
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Arsenal vs. Liverpool Pick:
Though Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hinted earlier this week that he might end up resting some key pieces ahead of their FA Cup semi-final vs. Manchester City, don’t count on that occurring to a drastic extent against a talented side like Liverpool.
For starters, it’s believed midfield maestro Mesut Ozil is finally ready to return for the Gunners. His creativity, vision, passing ability, and experience will be a huge boost to the side. And with speedy strikers up front, it adds another dynamic element to the Arsenal attack going forward.
Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have formed an electric partnership at the striker position, and will really test the Liverpool back-line with their speed and creativity. They’ll flank Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, who seems to be back in-form following a couple of beautiful goals his past few matches.
Where the Gunners continually run into issues however is their play at the back and overall team play when they don’t have possession. Arteta continues to be insistent on employing a three-man defense, something that has a knack of leaving them vulnerable to wide attacks or dangerous counters. Liverpool are prolific with both. David Luiz in the center of defense continues to be an issue, and Jurgen Klopp’s side should be able to exploit this for goals.
Don’t expect too many changes for Jurgen Klopp’s side as he prepares for Arsenal. James Milner will likely be out in the center of the midfield, but Naby Keita is keen to fill the void and up for the challenge.
Liverpool do their damage up front with a dynamic front-three trio, much like Arsenal, only better. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino are all in great form at the moment, and will be keen to add to their lofty totals against a suspect Arsenal defense. Liverpool have also been pretty steady themselves at the back, though they are prone to taking chances going forward for goal-scoring opportunities. Look for both full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson to continually push forward to exploit Arsenal’s flaws.
Pick: Liverpool 2 – Arsenal 2