MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Arsenal

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The Reds welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Wednesday evening and after some improvement in terms of injuries, along with the signing of Steven Caulker, boss Jurgen Klopp may be able to field a slightly stronger team than first predicted. The loaning of Caulker hasn't exactly excited many Liverpool fans but it's clear to see that it's a quick fix to a rather immediate issue in defence.

Injuries

There's some positive news for the Reds as both Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure are available. Jordon Ibe and Jordan Henderson could also feature but there will be no Daniel Sturridge. For Arsenal they are without key man Alexis Sanchez, Cazorla, Welbeck and Wilshere are also out but Ozil could return to the side on Wednesday evening.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in August last year  in what was a strangely eventful 0-0. In April last year the Reds fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger's side when the Londoners scored four and Liverpool could only manage a consolation goal from the penalty spot thanks to Jordan Henderson. Emre Can was also shown red in that game.

Arsenal's last visit to Anfield wasn't so straight forward though after the match ended in a 2-2 draw. I remember that game well because I had 2-2 as the result and I also had Skrtel to score last haha. We have to go back to September 2012 to find an Arsenal win at Anfield.

Form

Arsenal at the time of writing are sitting pretty at the top of the table they've won four out of their last five games in the league faltering only once when they lost to Southampton on Boxing Day. Liverpool on the other hand are 8th in the table and have only won two of their last five matches in the league. The two 1-0 wins over Leicester and Sunderland didn't exactly set the world alight and Jurgen Klopp will surely be hoping that his side can instead emulate their performances against City and Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Stat Sandwich

  • In 12 matches in the league under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool have scored just 14 goals.
  • Ozil has scored or offered an assist for 16 of Arsenal's last 24 goals.
  • In the last nine matches in the league between the two sides at Anfield, 35 goals have been scored.
Betting

After seeing that high scoring stat above I think I might well have a quid on a big score draw tomorrow. Paddy Power are offering odds of 300/1 for a 4-4 draw, not exactly in the realms of the unknown is it that? Haha. A 3-3 draw is down at 50/1 while a 2-2 draw is 12/1.

First goalscorer for Wednesday evening may be difficult to predict because it's hard to tell whether Klopp is going to start Benteke or not. I personally think he'll be dropped tomorrow but his odds to find the net first with Paddy Power are at 5/1 at the moment. Firmino who needs to find the back of the net soon in my opinion to avoid criticism is at 15/2 to score first.

Finally, if you fancy a scorecast with Arsenal taking the lead but Liverpool to win you can get odds of 75/1 for Giroud to score first but Liverpool to win 2-1.

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Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!

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