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Liverpool vs Arsenal – EPL Match Off third week

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Liverpool vs Arsenal
English Premier League
Date: Monday, 28 September 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield.

Defending champions Liverpool have gotten off to a perfect start this season, winning their opening games against Leeds United and Chelsea. The Reds also breezed past Lincoln City in their EFL Cup third-round tie on Thursday night and will be full of confidence heading into the clash against Arsenal. Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are ruled out for the game at Anfield due to injuries while Joe Gomez is available. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara is also in line to make his first start for the club.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have slowly but surely shown signs of improvement since the Spaniard took charge of the club. Arsenal won their opening two PL games against Fulham and West Ham United but will be in line for a tougher test on Monday night. The Gunners will be without  Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari. Our Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction is a 3-1 win for Liverpool.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The last time these two met on the pitch, Mikel Arteta’s men recorded a win via penalties in the FA Community Shield. This defeat certainly hurt Jurgen Klopp and his men.
  • Before that, the Gunners had defeated this opponent in the league, in the final phase of the previous season. Thus they became one of the few teams to beat the Reds in the last campaign.
  • At Anfield, the hosts are on a four-match winning run.
  • In fact, it’s been 12 years since the guests have been able to secure a victory here.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Prediction

These two teams met just a few weeks in the Community Shield where Arsenal won that game on penalties as Mikel Arteta’s men did show that they could compete with the champions. Arsenal have been looking somewhat revitalised since lockdown at the back end of last season and the start of this as Arteta’s tactical acumen is coming to the fore. They make the trip to Anfield and they will not be phased in the slightest. While Jurgen Klopp’s men have won both of their opening games just like the Gunners have, they are not quite firing on all cylinders just yet. Arsenal could very well take a point from this game but the preference here is on the goals markets. Expect both teams to score in what should be an open and entertaining match.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: THE TEAM NEWS

LIVERPOOL

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Keita, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Unavailable: Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured), Matip (Injured), Henderson (Injured)

Doubtful: Gomez (Injured)

ARSENAL

Predicted line-up (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Unavailable: Martinelli (Injured), Pablo Mari (Injured), Chambers (Injured), Mustafi (Injured), Smith Rowe (Injured), Ozil (Out of favour), Guendouzi (Out of favour)

Doubtful: Tierney (Injured), Sokratis (Injured)