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It’s a meeting of two docile giants in the English Premier League on Saturday night, as Arsenal and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium.
The heavyweight duo have struggled to make headway this season, leaving them both on the outside of the European qualification places peering in.
That represents a particularly galling fact for the Reds, whose EPL title defence has long-since dissolved.
Jurgen Klopp’s side did at least go into the international break off the back of a vanishingly rare Premier League win, thanks to a 1-0 success away to Wolves.
It left them seventh in the standings, level on points with city rivals Everton, who also have a game in hand, with fourth-placed Chelsea five points out of their grasp.
The Merseyside club’s defensive injury toll is well documented, so here’s the body count as it stands:
Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all continue their spells of absence, with the woes at the back increasing yet further if you include crocked auxiliary centre back Jordan Henderson.
Out-of-sorts striker Roberto Firmino is making his way back towards fitness at least, although he’ll be hard pushed to start ahead of red-hot Diogo Jota in attack.
The Gunners are four points further down the standings in ninth, enduring another below par season under coach Mikel Arteta.
They were perking up before the international break at least, cobbling together a four-game unbeaten sequence that included impressive victories over high-flying Leicester and London rivals Tottenham.
A capital city derby collapse against West Ham threatened to derail the good work last time out, only for a stirring fightback to pinch a 3-3 draw at the London Stadium.
Whiz kid Bukayo Saka missed out on international duty through injury but may be fit to feature as domestic duty returns.
Fellow rookie Emile Smith Rowe also pulled out of service with England Under 21s and will need to be assessed, while Real Madrid loan man Martin Odegaard should be good to go.
Arsenal vs Liverpool: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up 8 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 4 of those games. Arsenal has scored 9 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Momentum is really building for Arsenal as they have now gone 4 games without losing. They have won 2 of the last 5 games they have played.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 4 games for Arsenal ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Arsenal will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Liverpool, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 2 and drawn 2
- In the last 5 matches for Arsenal, 4 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 14 matches (48% of all matches) involving Arsenal has seen BTTS landing.
- It’s likely that Arsenal will score today, as they have netted in the last 4 games coming into this one and have scored 9 goals in the last five games.
- Coming into this game, Liverpool has picked up 6 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 0 of those games. Liverpool has scored 3 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Liverpool has enjoyed playing away from home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 2 games.
- Scoring is not an issue for Liverpool when they play away from home. They have scored in the last 5 games they have played on the road. Can Arsenal stop this run?
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Liverpool recently, with the side failing to score in 3 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Just 0 of the last 5 games for Liverpool has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 2 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 15/29 games for Liverpool this season.
Stats source: footystats.org
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team?s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs Liverpool: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.