Arsenal head to Anfield, top the Premier League, and one point clear of Liverpool. This promises to be a classic as the top two in the table clash a few days before Christmas.
Liverpool couldn’t get the goal to take them to the top of the table when they faced Manchester United on Sunday, and although they had most of the possession, Onana in goal for Manchester United, didn’t have to make too many big saves.
Alexander-Arnold went very close to opening the scoring in the second half, when his shot from outside the area narrowly went the wrong side of the post and Salah did all he could on a number of occasions to wiggle his way through the United defence to give himself a chance to score.
The Anfield crowd know this is a massive game and expect the atmosphere to be eclectic as The Kop cheer on their side knowing a win will give them top spot on Christmas Day.
Liverpool don’t often fail to score at home and with Nunez out of form, Salah is a key man for Liverpool as well as Gakpo, who can be dangerous arriving late in the box. The midfield are popping up with goals and Arsenal will have to be wary of this as they look to continue their impressive run of having one of the best defences in the League.
Arsenal themselves come into this after a brilliant performance at home to Brighton, where the 2-0 result isn’t a true reflection on the game as it could have been a lot more and the Brighton Coach also shared this in his post match briefing sharing that this Arsenal side are the ones to beat.
Away from home Arsenal have come unstuck against Newcastle and Aston Villa, losing 1-0 on both occasions, so The Gunners will have to look to take any chances that come their way as with Saka, Martinelli, Jesus and Havertz all in pretty good form, Arsenal will likely have to score if they want to come away with at least a point.
Last season, Arsenal let a 2-0 lead slip in their hopes of winning the title, so with Saliba and Rice now in the starting line up, should Arsenal get into a lead, they would hope to be able to hold onto that lead.
So much talent is on show in this game and neither team will change their style of play and it may well take a piece of brilliance to decide who comes out on top in this one.
|Liverpool to win
|5/4 William Hill
|13/5 William Hill
|Arsenal to win
One point separates these two sides at the top of the Premier League with Arsenal narrowly having the advantage on 39 points.
Arsenal come into this knowing they have to improve on their last away result and take chances they create as Liverpool will not make it two games in a row in the Premier League at home, that they do not score in.
With both sides evenly matched, our punters.pub pick for this match is Liverpool and Arsenal to draw at 13/5 with William Hill.