Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield this Sunday evening for what should be an entertaining Premier League clash. Both teams have a 100% record in the league so far this season, being the only two teams to have won both of their opening fixtures. Unai Emery’s Gunners are looking to win their opening three games of a league campaign for the first time since 2005/05, and for the ninth time in their history.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a strong personal record in games against Arsenal. The German has faced the Gunners eight times in the Premier League and has never lost. His team have won four and drawn four of those games. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against the Gunners in all competitions.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Prediction: Reds 2-1 Gunners
Our prediction for this Premier League clash is that the home side will win an exciting game 2-1. Arsenal have plenty of attacking threat, and will be in confident mood after their strong start to the campaign. But the Reds have an excellent recent record against the north London side, and are also at home. We suspect that the Anfield crowd will play a crucial role on Sunday, and may offer enough of an edge for the Reds to win a tense game narrowly. It will be close, though, and there may well be some controversy along the way.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 8/5 on Liverpool to win and both teams to score. This bet offers reasonable value to punters, and it matches our prediction for a 2-1 victory for the Reds perfectly. We believe that Arsenal have a strong attacking line-up that will create chances. Liverpool tend to overpower teams by outscoring them, though, and we suspect that the Reds may have to fight back from going down to an early goal. In the end, the home side will triumph, but they may well leave it late.
These two sides have met on 54 previous occasions in the Premier League. Liverpool have won 20 of those games, Arsenal 15 and there have been 19 draws. The Gunners have achieved six Premier League victories at Anfield, while the Red have overcome Arsenal 13 times on Merseyside.
Last season, the teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium in November. The return fixture at Anfield was less pleasant for the Gunners, though. Jurgen Klopp’s side destroyed the north London side 5-1 in December. Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick for the Reds, with one goal coming from the penalty spot.
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Players to watch: Roberto Firmino & Daniel Ceballos
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has scored 49 Premier League goals. If he reaches the 50-goal tally on Saturday he will become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals. He has already scored one Premier League goal and registered one assist in 2019/20. He is part of a Liverpool front three, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, that has caused havoc to Premier League defences over the last few seasons.
Arsenal midfielder Daniel Ceballos has made a strong start to his Arsenal career, since signing for the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid. The 23-yearold has chipped in with two assists in the Premier League already, and seems well on his way to becoming a fans’ favourite. His ability to retain possession in tight areas and his strength are both assets that the Gunners’ midfield has been lacking for some time.