Undoubtedly the marquee matchup of Gameweek Three in the EPL occurs Saturday afternoon when Liverpool hosts Arsenal. Both squads enter with perfect records to date having taken the full points from both of their opening matches. Liverpool and Arsenal have also both shown great ability to score at will, which should make this game must-see viewing.
The Gunners are expected to take a step up this season, having bolstered their roster significantly in the off-season. Nicolas Pepe has added another level to their attack and should make a name for himself in this clash. And while their back-line is still a weak point within the squad, Arsenal does have the talent to outscore their deficiencies.
But can that strategy work against a powerful Liverpool side? That remains to be seen. The Reds have started their campaign red-hot once again in 2019, and Jurgen Klopp knows the goal is to hoist the Premier League trophy come May 2020. Though they enter with concerns of their own at the back, Liverpool boast one of the most formidable attacks in all of soccer at the moment. Given the big stage of Saturday’s match, they should be keen to put on yet another show with the eyes of the footballing world on them.
It has been a profitable start to our 2019-20 Premier League picks run here at The Sports Geek. As always, read on below the odds for a detailed tactical breakdown and an official betting selection for Liverpool vs. Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool vs. Arsenal Betting Odds:
Over 3.5 (+105)
Under 3.5 (-125)
Liverpool vs. Arsenal Pick:
One of the key stories heading into this clash is the status of Liverpool’s first-team keeper, Alisson. The Brazilian is still out injured and as a result Adrian will again take his spot. That is a big downgrade for the Reds, and one of the reasons why I think Arsenal is a good bet to score in this match.
Beyond that, Klopp will be without Naby Keita as a ball-winner in the midfield. Liverpool do boast excellent squad depth however, and Fabinho is expected to come in his place. Expect him to play a key role in stifling the Arsenal attack in the centre of the pitch, while winning key balls back and retaining possession for Liverpool.
With Arsenal, they remain lethal up front and perhaps as good as Liverpool in this area. With Pepe paired with the French scorers of Lacazette and Aubameyang, the Gunners can strike from virtually anywhere. At the back however it’s a rotating cast of players that will really fail to withstand the Liverpool onslaught. This was one area where they failed to add to in the July transfer window, and as a result expect the Liverpool trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino to shred right through the centre of defense.
Arsenal have admitted in the lead-up to this game that they’re trying to create an attack of their own that mimics Liverpool. They might get there, but just not yet. Even if they do break through, the Liverpool defense is miles ahead of Arsenal’s. Virgil van Dijk can handle the challenges of Pepe, Lacazette, and Aubameyang – while the Gunners will really struggle to keep the ball out of the back of their net.
Beating Liverpool at Anfield is likely something that won’t occur at all this season – it’s an absolute fortress. This fixture should offer plenty of exciting moments and goals. Both teams to score seems to be a sure-fire winner, but so too does a routine Liverpool victory. A final score of 3-1 seems fitting here, with Klopp’s group the top bet to secure the full three points.