After a two-week international break, the Premier League is back in action with a mouthwatering encounter between Arsenal and Liverpool. The match schedules for Saturday at Emirates Stadium with kickoff at 11 pm.
Two places and four points stand between the two teams heading into the clash, with Liverpool occupying the seventh position while the Gunners languish in ninth ahead of their 30th league match this campaign.
Mikel Arteta’s men head into the clash on the back of a thrilling 3-3 draw to West Ham, while Jurgen Klopp’s men overcame Wolves 1-0 before the international break.
It has been a tumultuous first season for Mikel Arteta in Arsenal’s charge with a couple of shady and impressive performances. A match that could describe the Gunners’ inconsistent season was their 3-3 draw to West Ham.
Jess Lingard opened his scoring account with a strike that moved past Bernd Leno while setting up Bowen’s next goal. All seemed lost when Antonio’s header gave the Hammers their third goal in the first half.
However, a spirited and incensed Mikel Arteta saw his side make a thrilling comeback, with Lacazette with a deflection and Soucek handing another own goal. Pepe’s cross on his weak right foot saw the match end in a 3-3 draw.
The defending Champions Liverpool has shown the same inconsistencies. Diogo Jota’s return to Molineux sealed off the win for the Reds in their troubled season campaign.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool Head to Head
Both sides have 37 games against each other, with Arsenal takes home 13 wins while Liverpool has 11 games. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
West Ham 3-3 Arsenal
Arsenal 0-1 Olympiacos
Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham
Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal
Burnley 1-1 Arsenal
Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-0 RB Leipzig
Liverpool 0-1 Fulham
Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool
Arsenal Team News
Two of the breakout youngsters for Gunners Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, struggle with hamstring and thigh injuries. The absence of Saka gives Pepe a chance to flourish on the right-wing. With Aubemayang rediscovering his goalscoring form with Gabon, he will lead the left flank with Lacazetter up top.
Liverpool Team News
Roberto Firmino is back on the fold this weekend after recovering from a knee injury. Fabinho will operate the engine room with Nat Philips and Ozan Kabak, forming a defensive partnership. Long-term absentees include Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez.
Prediction and Odds
Arsenal needs no lessons on turning up the heat against their fellow inconsistent side this season’s campaign.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 2.5