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Arsenal v Liverpool
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Liverpool face a stiff test of their title-winning credentials when they make the trip south to face Arsenal at the Emirates for what promises to be an epic showdown. Jurgen Klopp’s relentless-looking Reds are determined to land as many pieces of silverware as possible in the German’s last campaign at the helm, though Arsenal have ambitions of their own and they can rejoin the Premier League frontrunners with a victory over Liverpool in the capital.
The two sides have been well matched in recent encounters, though with Arsenal failing to convince through the holiday and New Year fixtures, current form seems to favour red-hot Liverpool. As per the usual routine, we’ve compiled a set of Arsenal v Liverpool stats that should allow you to piece together a bet builder with more confidence.
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⚽ Match stats: Razor-sharp Liverpool to avoid defeat?
Arsenal made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since early December when they beat Nottingham Forest in midweek, though the Gunners toiled for the first hour of the contest at the City Ground and a Palace pasting aside, they have been lacking fluidity for quite a while.
In contrast, Liverpool have been a full throttle force for weeks, as evidenced by their superb return of eight wins and two draws from their last ten games in all competitions. The Reds have been manufacturing chances to score at will and they have mustered 168 shots in their last eight matches alone.
Arsenal and Liverpool played out a keenly-contested 1-1 draw when they met at Anfield for the reverse league fixture on December 23rd, though the landscape shifted shortly after, and the Reds won an FA Cup scuffle with the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates just a couple of weeks later.
Indeed, the Emirates – where Liverpool have lost on just one of their last six visits – has been a happy hunting ground for the Merseysiders and the league leaders are excellent value to pick up at least a point again.
Liverpool’s only Premier League away loss in 11 outings this season came in their hugely-controversial fashion at Tottenham in September and their potent combinations in the final third might be too much for Arsenal to absorb.
Mikel Arteta’s troops have failed to register just once on home soil this season, however, and that blank came in an unexpected loss to West Ham that featured an xG of 2.7 for the hosts. With Arsenal’s potency at the Emirates well established, backing both teams to score on Sunday is also recommended.
⚽ Liverpool double chance @ 1.62
⚽ Both teams to score @ 1.50
🎯 Shooting stats: An abundance of attacking talent on show
Everyone’s favourite agent of chaos, Darwin Nunez, lodged an insane 11 shots against Chelsea in midweek and made history as the first Premier League player ever to hit the woodwork four times in a single sitting.
The explosive Uruguayan also landed five of his attempts on target and the 24-year-old has been accurate with at least one strike in eight of his last ten appearances for Liverpool overall.
Nunez, if he passes fit, looks docket-worthy to ping at least one shot on target again on Sunday, as does Diogo Jota, who alongside his team-mate, has thrived while shouldering extra responsibility in Mohamed Salah’s absence.
Jota – who has been a thorn in Arsenal’s side at the Emirates Stadium before – has clocked five shots on target in his last four starts and his confidence is high enough to make him a threat again here.
For the hosts, winger Bukayo Saka is worth tracking in the same department, especially with first-choice Liverpool left back Andy Robertson still working his way back to full fitness.
⚽ Darwin Nunez to have 1+ shots on target @ 1.40
⚽ Diogo Jota to have 1+ shots @ 1.73
⛳ Corners stats: Arsenal to succeed in corner battle?
Liverpool wielded a counter-attacking blueprint with success at the Emirates last month and despite posting an uncharacteristically low possession figure (45%), they picked the Gunners off on the break.
Happy to cede possession at times, the Reds won only two corner kicks against Arsenal in that FA Cup tussle and their corner count could be similarly low if they stick to the same gameplan on Sunday.
Arsenal also won more corners than Liverpool at Anfield in December and only Man United have been winning more of them per home game on average this season than the Gunners. On that evidence, the hosts look the more logical pick to win the corner battle again.
Liverpool are usually a crossing team and win their fair share of corners as a result, however, with full backs more withdrawn than usual, they managed just nine crosses at the Emirates last month and we can follow that trend again here.
⚽ Arsenal corner match bet @ 1.57
🛑 Fouls stats: Player fouls market supplying the value
Liverpool hold one of the Premier League’s cleanest disciplinary records in terms of cards collected, though the Reds are masters of the “small” foul and despite dominating Chelsea in midweek, the Merseysiders actually committed 15 fouls to the Blues’ 16 on the night.
Most of their dirty work is done in midfield where Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai get through a lot of heavy lifting. Mac Allister gave away four free kicks on his own against Chelsea while avoiding a booking and the 25-year-old, who has played just three Premier League fixtures this season without committing a foul, is almost even money to commit at least two fouls on Sunday.
Arsenal don’t tend to bring the same aggression to their performances in midfield, though they do have a combative presence upfront in Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian relishes physical altercations with centre-halves and he has committed at least one foul in 11 of his last 16 league appearances.
Liverpool have a bristly South American striker of their own in Darwin Nunez. The ex-Benfica star fouled twice against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in January and he has sinned at least twice in each of his last four starts in the league. Nunez looks like excellent value to throw his weight around at least once again on Sunday.
⚽ Alex Mac Allister to commit 2+ fouls @ 1.91
⚽ Gabriel Jesus to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.13
⚽ Darwin Nunez to commit 1+ fouls @ 1.30
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