The Red’s last match was against Brentford, who they managed to beat 3-0 even though Mo Salah and Sadio Mane weren’t featured due to the AFCON which is currently being played.
This means Liverpool still have a perfect record at Anfield (W7-D3-L0) in the Premier League (PL) this season. The game before this was the first leg of this competition, where Arsenal were down to 10 men within 25 minutes and had to see out the rest of the tie by defending in the best manner possible.
With Ben White winning his first MOTM award for Arsenal and the game ending 0-0, it was a very successful trip to Anfield when you consider what happened during the match.
Since the start of 2015, these two teams have played seven games at the Emirates Stadium and there is nothing to split the two teams. Both teams have the same record of W2-D3-L2 and have also scored the same number of goals (13), which means the average match goals is 3.71.
Double Chance Arsenal-Draw
Without Salah or Mane, Liverpool really are a completely different team in attack, as demonstrated by the 0-0 draw in the first leg of this tie. Although they did still have the ability to put three goals past Brentford, you need that extra bit of quality that the two aforementioned players provide to be able to score against the better teams in the league.
The three players missing from Liverpool’s side (Salah, Mane and Keita) have contributed towards 32 of Liverpool’s 55 PL goals this season, which equates to around 58.2% of their total output. It’s clear that they will need to provide goals from different sources, namely Diogo Jota, who has been in fine goalscoring form this season.
Given Arsenal have been good at home and that there isn’t much to split the two sides at the Emirates, coupled with the massive hole left in the Liverpool team by their best attacking players leaving for the AFCON, we think the Arsenal-Draw is the best value bet here.
DOUBLE CHANCE ARSENAL-DRAW