Arsenal vs Liverpool Prediction
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Stuck in mid-table, Arsenal’s focus may well be on Thursday’s Europa League game. Alternating between wins and stalemates over their last four Premier League (PL) outings after a comeback draw versus West Ham last round, Arsenal welcome a Liverpool side they’ve overcome in three of the previous four matchups (including ET and penalties) and only lost to twice in the last 15 H2Hs in April (W4, D9, L2).
Just one home defeat to Liverpool since 2011 (W4, D3) is even more impressive considering Arsenal’s continued fall from grace since then, although they have been unusually weak at the Emirates this campaign with their tally of five losses already the worst of any season since 1994/95. Scoring first will help, as they’ve won on all five occasions that they’ve struck first at home this league season.
Within striking distance of a top-four PL placing but with a crucial Champions League tie at Real Madrid ahead, defending champions Liverpool are having a nightmare season by their standards, losing six of their last eight PL games. The last three of those were ‘to nil’ as part of a run of seven competitive games to see just one side score.
Opening the scoring in their last eight competitive trips, the most recent three saw Liverpool win without conceding. In fact, the ‘Reds’ have opened the scoring in ten away PL games this term but failed to win four of those (D3, L1), a feat they also achieved in the last three PL H2Hs here (D2, L1).
Players to score: Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has scored in his last three starting appearances versus Liverpool, while Sadio Mané has only been on the losing side once in his last 50 goalscoring games for Liverpool – in this fixture last season!
Hot stat: No side has conceded fewer second-half PL goals than Arsenal’s ten (all venues), but no club has scored more than Liverpool’s 18 on the road after HT.
Prediction: Arsenal  vs  Liverpool