EPL Betting Preview: Arsenal vs. Liverpool – Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021

by Boris Angelov | November 19, 2021 |

Unbeaten in their last eight Premier League home matches against Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp's side host Mikel Arteta's Gunners at Anfield in the Premier League in Saturday's late kick-off.

The last time The Gunners emerged victorious at Anfield was in September 2012 and current boss Mikel Arteta featured in that 2-0 victory. All in all, Arsenal have only one Premier League win over Liverpool during Jurgen Klopp's tenure (at a moment when Liverpool was already crowned champions) and The North Londoners will be keen to claim their first meaningful top-flight win over the Merseysiders since a 4-1 home victory in April 2015.

Liverpool Betting Preview (-210 @ BetOnline)

The Reds suffered their first defeat of the season on their visit to East London prior to the break and Jurgen Klopp's side will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on another London side at the weekend.

The 3-2 defeat to West Ham was a disappointment, indeed, but nothing is really lost so early into the season so Liverpool should stay focused and try to impose their winning mentality against Arsenal.

The Reds will welcome Porto in the Champions League in midweek before they go for three Premier League matches within just eight days, including a home match with Southampton next weekend, followed by back-to-back visits to rivals Everton and Wolves in early December.

Liverpool will be looking to fight through their injury crisis and regain some form after failing to win either of their last two Premier League matches and thus falling to fourth in the table. A, perhaps, surprising home draw with Brighton (who could've won) and a defeat at high-flying West Ham have seen them drop four points behind leaders Chelsea and only one place and two points ahead of Arsenal.

Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in nine goals in as many Premier League appearances against Arsenal (seven goals and two assists). At Anfield, The Egyptian has scored four times and assisted two more in four Premier League matches against the North London outfit.

He only failed to score or assist in Liverpool's 3-1 home win last September but was on target in the 3-0 victory at the Emirates in April. All in all, Salah has lost just one of his nine Premier League matches against Arsenal and would be keen to build on his record on Saturday.   

Sadio Mane is fit and available for Saturday’s clash with Arsenal as the Senegalese recovered from a bruised rib (he got injured while on international duty), yet there remain doubts over the condition of Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, and Fabinho just a day before the match.

The skipper (Henderson) picked up a minor groin injury and Robertson limped out of Scotland's World Cup qualifier earlier this week, and the pair didn’t train with the team yet, while midfielder Fabinho is not injured but the Brazilian just returned from an exhausting journey across South America and has little time to prepare for the weekend.

With Robertson not fit to start, Kostas Tsimikas could get the nod at left-back and the Greek did well when he had a chance to play earlier in the season. Moreover, Robertson's form hasn't been at the usual level and there were already calls for such a rotation even before Robbo's injury, so unlike the opposite flank, where Trent seems to be the only reliable option so far, Klopp seems to have two decent options for the left-back. 

The Merseysiders are suffering from plenty of injuries right now, with the likes of Joe Gomez, James Milner, Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, and Roberto Firmino all ruled out already. So if we add the aforementioned trio to that list, this almost makes a whole starting XI and Jurgen Klopp should be content that Liverpool has already secured their Champions League progress (and top spot), so he can fully focus on the domestic campaign for the foreseeable future.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should get another start in the middle of the park, while Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are expected to fill up the midfield trio.

Divock Origi was involved in Liverpool's pre-match training as the Belgian appeared to be injured during Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Wales in midweek, but as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez revealed – it was “just a dead leg”, so Origi should be fine for the weekend. His strike against West Ham was actually Origi's first Premier League goal since July 2020, when he scored in Liverpool's 3-1 win at Newcastle United, and Klopp will welcome his availability, looking for more attacking variety ahead of the upcoming loaded schedule.  

Arsenal Betting Preview (+555 @ BetOnline)

The Gunners had to endure a rough start to the season but Arteta, who was the top favorite to get sacked earlier in the season, survived the pressure and can now reap the benefits of the board's patience.

Arsenal enter into a challenging period and after a 1-0 home win over Watford – their last match prior to the break – The Gunners are set to face Liverpool (away), Newcastle (home), Manchester United and Everton (both away), and if they manage to not collapse and earn, to say, seven points (or more), they can possibly turn into genuine top-four contenders.  

The Gunners have won eight of their last 10 matches in all competitions since a 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City on 28 August and have also kept seven clean sheets over the period, conceding just four goals – less than they did at the Etihad.

Mikel Arteta's side is confident and this is a huge boost going into Saturday's clash. They will be looking to exploit Liverpool's weaknesses we have all seen and last but not least, their injury concerns at the moment.

Arsenal has been steadily progressing over the past two months and if we use Jurgen Klopp's own words, we can say that the Gunners have now gone from doubters to believers. Indeed, their current form took them just two points behind title-contenders Liverpool and Mikel Arteta's side are set for the first real test of their momentum.

The North London side is now on the longest unbeaten run of any side in the English top-flight (eight games in a row – 6-2-0). The last time Arsenal had a longer run without defeat in the competition was between August and December 2018 (14 matches under Unai Emery).

The Gunners have kept three consecutive clean sheets in their last three Premier League away games and they haven’t kept four consecutive away clean sheets in the competition since the spring of 2005.

Thomas Partey remains a doubt for the Gunners so if the Ghanaian is not fully fit, Ainsley Maitland-Niles should continue alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga in the middle of the park.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to score in his last two appearances but his presence opens more space for the England starlets Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who are both flourishing under Arteta's guidance. However, Aubameyang returned earlier from international duty and it turns out that the Gabonese forward will have to be assessed, so Alexandre Lacazette may have to lead the line.  

Elsewhere, Nuno Tavares will really hope to keep his spot in the team after some great performances before the break, but Kieran Tierney is expected to take back his spot at left-back.

Sead Kolasinac and Folarin Balogun have both returned as doubts from international duty but neither would have been a starter anyway.

Possible Starting Lineups of Liverpool and Arsenal

Liverpool: Alisson – Trent Alexander Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Kostas Tsimikas – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara – Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)

Arsenal:  Aaron Ramsdale – Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhães, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu – Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (4-2-3-1)

Spooky Express Betting Prediction

The main question is what would be Liverpool's reaction and will they manage to bounce back following the disappointing performance at the London Stadium last time out. 

This has to be the most confident Arsenal side in the post Wenger era as The Gunners have gone unbeaten in their past 10 games across all competitions, but this is by far their biggest test since that run started. They beat Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last month but their hero on that day was goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who made save after save, so you can't always rely on that.

To sump things up, Arsenal look strong but they might finally face a reality check as Liverpool have proved they can score goals. We believe that if there's someone who could possibly inspire Liverpool's success, this has to be Mohamed Salah and the Egyptian will reignite his scoring form at the weekend. 

Spooky Express Free Play: Mohamed Salah to Score and Liverpool To Win (Player to Score and Their Team Wins) +110 @ BetOnline for 5/10 Units

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