Liverpool Welcomes Arsenal to Anfield Road for the DerbyPublished August 27, 2017 by Florin P
Liverpool plays against the first truly difficult opponent on Sunday in front of its enthusiastic fans (4:00 p.m UK Time).
Liverpool failed to defend a narrow lead in the opening round against Watford and had to settle for a point. The team was more effective in the second match and emerged victorious on the back of a goal scored late in the game. To defeat Arsenal, they will need to play even better but at least they will have all their best players available. The visitors showed serious defensive flaws in the first two games of the season and already conceded four goals against weaker teams.
An Important Milestone for both Teams
The two teams have met 188 times in their history and they have surprisingly balanced records to show for. Liverpool won 69 matches, Arsenal prevailed on 68 locations and 51 games ended undecided. The hosts hope to secure the 70th victory overall and the 50th in front of its fans. Meanwhile, the visitors regard this match as the perfect opportunity to tie the score and get back in the race for top four.
Arsenal and Liverpool are both outsiders in the race for the championship, but have a good shot at finishing within the first four teams. This is an important achievement since it would grant them access to the Champions League groups next year and bring a lot of money to the club’s coffers.
High Goals Production for Liverpool
The most recent victory against Crystal Palace was secured by one gal to nil, but otherwise Liverpool is a high-scoring team. They could’ve scored more than three against Watford in the opening round and they were prolific in head to head matches against Arsenal. They won to the last three games and scored a combined 10 goals in these three fixtures, with one ending undecided.
Liverpool had to fight hard against Crystal Palace but emerged victorious, whereas Arsenal lost to Stoke on the road. The home side is favorite to win the match and bet365 Sports is generous enough as to price them at 11/10 which is great value.