Fate often throws up lots of matches between two teams in a variety of competitions in a short space of time, and Thursday (October 1) gives us a fourth helping of Liverpool vs Arsenal since July as the two take each other on in the EFL Cup.
Arsenal won their Premier League encounter in July before also winning the Community Shield after a penalty shootout. But though the Gunners put in a sterling effort on Monday night at Anfield, Liverpool’s class saw them run out 3-1 winners.
But just three days later, it’s not as easy as just lumping on Liverpool to come out on top again, as Jurgen Klopp is extremely unlikely to field anything like the same team. Mikel Arteta may also rest some of his best players, though the gut-feeling is he’ll field a team that he thinks can win this match.
That all means that trying to pick the winner of this match may not be the way to go, which is why our Liverpool vs Arsenal tip is more than 3.5 goals at odds-against.
Let’s not forget that Liverpool and Arsenal also met in the EFL Cup last season, when Jurgen Klopp stuck to his guns of fielding a mixture of kids and first-team players that were not regular starters. Arsenal followed a similar policy, though they did have a few more first-teamers in their starting-11. The result was a 5-5 draw, in which Arsenal lead 2-1, 4-2, and 5-4 before losing in a penalty shootout.
On the scoresheet that night was James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Divock Origi and, such is the competition for places at Liverpool, whoever plays will be desperate to impress manager Jurgen Klopp. Similar comments apply to whoever Arteta picks for Arsenal, and both sides are expected to press forward with passion.
A look back at recent results between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield also suggests that the goals will flow. Liverpool’s 3-1 win on Monday night was preceded with score-lines of 3-1, 5-5, 3-1, 5-1, 4-0, 3-1, 3-3, 2-2, and 5-1, all suggesting that odds-against for more than 3.5 goals is a value bet.
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