Big Match Breakdown: Arsenal v Liverpool
Charlie Dear | 3 November 2018
Odds and preview ahead of huge Prem clash
All eyes of the football world will be on the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening as Arsenal take on Liverpool.
The Gunners are on a 12-match unbeaten run. Liverpool haven’t lost a league game so far this campaign and are 11/4 to win the title.
This game is a notorious high-scoring fixture in recent years and you can catch all the action on BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD from 5.30pm.
But first we’ve got everything you need to know ahead of the game with a Big Match Breakdown.
Andrei Arshavin ensured we would all remember that meeting at Anfield in 2009.
Four goals from the Russian playmaker should have bagged Arsenal the win. But an in-form Fernando Torres and a last-gasp goal from Yossi Benayoun meant the score finished 4-4.
The Gunners’ 1989 final day League win over Liverpool was perhaps the most famous.
However, in the last four years Liverpool have won 5-1, 4-3 and 4-0, albeit only once at the Emirates since 2011.
The visitors will be without captain Jordan Henderson and big-name signing Naby Keita in midfield.
This could see Fabinho make only his second league start of the season. He might partner James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in the engine room.
The front-three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino should all line up from the off.
Arsenal will be sweating on the fitness of both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac at left-back.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be on standby if the pair don’t make it.
Bernd Leno should keep his place in goal, despite Petr Cech’s return to fitness.
Unai Emery will have to decide whether he goes with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as Alexandre Lacazette in forward positions.
All the pre-match talk will most likely be on the exciting attacking personnel on display. But this could be won in midfield.
An expected Arsenal duo of Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka will come up against Fabinho, Milner and Wijnaldum.
Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez have formed a fearsome defensive partnership, Lacazette and Ozil will have to be at their creative best to find a way through.
But will Liverpool have this over by half-time and gun down Arsenal who would be top based on second-half results?
Liverpool to win at the Emirates for only the second time in seven years is 10/11.
Arsenal are 5/2 for the home win. A fifth draw in nine games is 14/5.
Both teams have bagged in four out of their last five meeting, including the 3-3 draw in North London last season.
It’s 10/1 for both sides to score in both halves and either team to win. A goal in both halves with the match ending in stalemate is 9/2.
Sadio Mane to net against the Gunners again is 9/5 anytime. Lacazette to grab two or more is at 6’s.
Aaron Ramsey to score anytime is 16/5.
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