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Arsenal can take a step closer to the Premier League title by winning at Anfield
Liverpool are a tough nut to crack at home despite their dismal record on the road
Goals are on the cards with the attacks likely to come out on top in Sunday’s game
The odds for Liverpool vs Arsenal are from the FanDuel sportsbook, where you can get a no sweat first bet up to $1000.
We envisage an attacking, entertaining encounter at Anfield, particularly after the interval.
Back both teams to score in the second half. (+182)
Arsenal are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table. That is a sizable margin at this stage of the season, but no one in the red-and-white half of north London is taking anything for granted. After all, the winning machine that is Manchester City cannot be written off.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won four of the last five Premier League titles, and the best online sportsbooks believe they still have a decent chance of finishing top of the pile this time around. City have taken 19 points from the last 21 on offer, and although Arsenal are also in fantastic form, the reigning champions have much greater experience of situations like this.
What is more, an eight-point advantage can very easily be whittled away. For one, City have a game in hand on Mikel Arteta’s men. Arsenal still have to visit the Etihad Stadium in what will be a titanic tussle later this month. And the Gunners have the tougher overall fixture list too.
That includes Sunday’s trip to Anfield, despite Liverpool’s faltering form over the last few weeks. This has been a season to forget for the Reds, but beating them at their home ground would still be a major statement of intent from Arsenal. After all, this is a ground on which they have not emerged triumphant since September 2012.
Arsenal are full of confidence right now and there is no reason to suggest they will cower on Sunday. This is a team which has demonstrated considerable steel and character so far this term, but a trip to Liverpool is never easy.
Several prominent soccer pundits have backed Arsenal to win the title if they can come out on top at Anfield. Make no mistake: this fixture remains an acid test of a championship contender’s credentials.
Liverpool began the season as the second-favorites for the title, but things have not gone to plan. Jurgen Klopp ruled his side out of contention as far back as October, after a 3-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium left them 14 points shy of the summit of the standings.
The only thing Liverpool can still salvage from the season is a top-four finish, but even that looks like a long shot. The Reds are 10 points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot; barring a near-perfect run between now and the end of the campaign, they will not be playing in Europe’s premier tournament next term.
Liverpool’s issues are manifold. The club has not done a good job of refreshing a team that has achieved so much in recent years. Klopp’s team, previously famed for their ‘heavy metal’ style of soccer, now looks sluggish and lethargic.
That shortcoming has been exposed on the road. Liverpool have only the 12th-best away record in the Premier League, having won only three of their 15 matches at opposition stadiums - fewer even than last-placed Southampton.
As a quirk of the fixture list, each of Liverpool’s last three games was away from Anfield, during which time they picked up just one point from nine available. They were perhaps fortunate to even get that one point, having been outplayed by Chelsea in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in midweek.
Although they are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League, Liverpool need a strong finish to the season in order to carry some momentum into what could be a pivotal summer for the club.
For all that Liverpool have been poor on their travels, their form at Anfield has held up pretty well. Indeed, only Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United have picked up more points in front of their own fans, while Leeds United are the only visiting team to have triumphed at Liverpool’s ground in 2022/23.
So even though Klopp’s team have not played well in recent weeks, they cannot be written off on Sunday. Indeed, the last time Liverpool played at Anfield they thrashed their arch-rivals Manchester United 7-0.
Arsenal will probably make a confident start, but there will be times during the game when they will have to withstand heavy Liverpool pressure. Even during those spells, though, the visitors have the potential to do damage to their opponents on the counter-attack.
We fancy attacks to come out on top in this one. Liverpool have scored 34 goals in their 13 matches at home, which is the third-best record in the Premier League. Meanwhile, no team in the division has found the back of the net away from home more often than Arsenal, who have won 11 of their 14 games on the road.
Both teams to score offers little value, so we recommend an alternative bet: goals at both ends in the second half when the match is likely to become increasingly stretched.
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Teams: Liverpool vs Arsenal
Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Date and Time: Apr. 9, 2023, 11.30 a.m. ET
How to Watch: Peacock Premium
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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