Liverpool will host Arsenal on Monday at Anfield as they look to lay down the marker for the title race following a huge win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week.
Despite starting the season with a somewhat wobbly performance in their opening game of the season against Leeds United, Liverpool were too good for Chelsea last weekend as they showed the gulf in class between the two teams, putting them to the sword with a Sadio Mane double in a convincing 2-0 Win in London. New signing Thiago Alcantara put up a standout debut performance with some terrific one-touch passing in his second-half cameo and he already looks like he will be a critical component of the Liverpool’s midfield moving forward.
With starters rested in readiness for this game, their second-stringers ran riot in the EFL Cup, thrashing Lincoln 7-2 on Thursday.
Arsenal appear to be making considerable progress under Mikel Arteta. They finished last season’s campaign strongly with 8 wins in the last 11 games, a run that included huge wins over Liverpool in the league and Manchester City and Chelsea en route to winning the FA. To start this season, they beat Liverpool again in the Community Shield, won both of the opening league games before eliminating Leicester in the EFL Cup in midweek, with their stars also rested for the game.
While all this gives Arsenal fans a lot of optimism for this season, there is still a lot of work for Arteta to do. The West Ham game showed how deficient they still are particularly in defence as West Ham dominated the game and created a lot of chances which they failed to convert. This will be a problem against the top sides that may not be as wasteful when they afford them such chances.
Liverpool have turned Anfield into a fortress in recent years. They went undefeated here the whole of last season, winning 18 of their 19 games. Arsenal have lost on their last four visits to Anfield but there is no doubt that they have improved under Arteta and they will certainly fancy their chances against the champions this time. Arteta has gotten his tactics spot on in his last two meetings with Klopp. But you can certainly expect a response from the German tactician here. Liverpool just don’t seem to have lost a beat however and we are backing them to pick up the win here @ 1.48 with Cloudbet as our first betting tip.
The matchups between these two teams have always been explosive. They always go at each other and provide instant thrillers. 10 of their last encounters have had both teams scoring, some of them producing crazy results like the 5-5 result in the League Cup season, a couple of 3-3 games and a 4-3 Liverpool Win at the Emirates in 2016. These teams just don’t hold anything back, going for each other’s jugular right from kickoff. There is nothing to suggest this might change. Both have had 100% starts to the season and would like to keep it that way. With both teams in rich attacking form, we are going for Over 2.5 goals @ 1.55 with Cloudbet betting app as our final call here.
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