Monday Night Football: Can the high-flying Gunners roll over the Reds?
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Monday Night Football: Can the high-flying Gunners roll over the Reds?

The first of two meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal in the space of four days takes place in the Premier League on Monday night when the Gunners make the trip to Anfield, and we can call this the battle of the undefeated.

The name is fitting because none of these sides is yet to lose a match since the start of the 2020/21 season, with Liverpool winning over Leeds United in the opener before thrashing a 10-men Chelsea, and Arsenal thrashing Fulham before hanging on for a 2-1 win over local rivals West Ham.

🏟 Match context

All focus is on Arsenal this week in two intriguing battles which will pit the depth of each squad against one another with topflight action preceding League Cup duties.

The Reds head into the first meeting off the back of a 7-2 demolition of Lincoln and a convincing 2-0 victory at Chelsea, with momentum now back in Liverpool’s favor.

Anfield will play host with a 61-game unbeaten streak in the league on the line, against a side Klopp’s men have failed to surpass in their previous two meetings.

If you feel as though Arsenal have become a mainstay in Liverpool’s fixture list then you wouldn’t exactly be wrong, as this will be the third of four games in less than three months, following on from the league meeting at the back end of the 2019/20 season and the Community Shield.

This presents an early opportunity for Liverpool to avenge the defeat at Wembley and notch nine points from nine, and we can expect a composed and concentrated outfit this time around.

🔮 Team news

Possible Liverpool XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Possible Arsenal XI: Leno; Holding, Luiz, Gabriel; Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Ceballos; Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette

🔑 Key betting stats

  • Liverpool have won their last four home league games against Arsenal – they’ve not won more consecutively against the Gunners at Anfield since a run of seven between 1981-1988.
  • Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool back in July was their first win over the Reds in 10 Premier League games (D4 L5). The Gunners are looking to win back-to-back league games against them for the first time since September 2012.
  • Since a 1-0 victory over Leicester in April 2017, Arsenal are winless in their last six Premier League games against the reigning champions (D2 L4).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 60 Premier League home games (W49 D11) since a 1-2 loss against Crystal Palace in April 2017. 
  • Arsenal are looking to win their opening three games to a Premier League season for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign, when they won their first five.
  • Since Jürgen Klopp’s first Premier League game in charge of Liverpool, only Manchester City (35 v Watford & 30 v Bournemouth) have scored more goals against a side than his Liverpool team has versus Arsenal (27).
  • In 24 Premier League appearances against Arsenal combined for Liverpool, Roberto Firmino (8), Mohamed Salah (5) and Sadio Mané (5) have netted 67% of the Reds’ goals versus the Gunners since August 2015 (18/27), including 10 of the last 12.
  • Mikel Arteta is looking to become the first Arsenal manager to win on his first away trip to Liverpool in all competitions since Tom Whittaker in December 1947. Nine Gunners managers since then have failed to win their first such visit, with eight of those losing.
  • Both teams have scored in each of the last eight competitive meetings between these sides.
  • Arsenal have scored in 15 of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
  • Liverpool have won 19 of their last 20 Premier League home matches.
  • Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has scored four goals in his last six Premier League games, netting in both of his appearances so far this season. He last scored in three consecutive league games back in February 2019.

⚽ Goals galore at Anfield

The Reds have shipped seven goals in their last three home league games and they’re facing an Arsenal outfit that have scored in 15 of their last 16 competitive matches.

This fixture isn’t exactly renowned for its low-key affairs either, with both teams scoring in each of the last eight competitive meetings and a total of 33 goals being scored since the last shutout.

All this points towards both teams to score being our favored prediction, but we also expect a Liverpool win.

They have won their last four home Premier League games against Arsenal and over the last eight home league games they have averaged 3.12 goals per game. Arsenal have scored at least two goals in five of their last six in all competitions, though, so over 3.5 goals looks like a tasty option.

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