Arsenal vs Liverpool by Rahul

Arsenal
VS
Liverpool
Arsenal start another league season aiming for the title after landing in 2nd spot last season. The Gunners will have needed to strengthen in 3 positions and have secured the services of Xhaka in midfield and Mustafi at central defence, but are as yet to find a striker to backup Welback and Giroud. Arsene Wenger might be tempted to use Alexis Sanchez as a striker with Ramsey, Walcott and Carzola behind him. They will have to rely on the pace of these 4 in order to help them score goals due to injuries to Giroud and Ozil from their attacking strengths. They will have to depend on a lot on their defensive midfield with Xhaka and Coquelin likely to start there in this game, as they are fighting with only 1 fit centre back in Koscielny who is not sure of starting this game. This will probably leave Chambers and Montreal to sit in at centre back. Petr Cech has not had a good European Championship and with 2 weaker defenders in front of him, I can expect that Arsenal will likely concede a goal.

 

Liverpool are a very unpredictable team as Jurgen Klopp is still building a team in his mould, and it will take him a few more weeks to play in the fashion that he would like them to play. Liverpool's biggest dilemma is up front where Sturridge is injured while Origi is still building up his fitness after an extended break following his attendance in the European Championship. Liverpool will look to start Firmino in the false 9 role, and he should be well supported by Wjnaldum, Mane and Coutinho. The midfield should see Henderson and Milner occupying those spots. Defensively Liverpool have new signing Klavern should slot in along side Loveren as starting centre back Sakho is out injured. With Moreno and Clyne looking to bomb on forward, it leaves room for the Arsenal wingers to run past them to create opportunities. Liverpool showcased some strong performances against Barcelona 1 week ago, but when they were put under pressure against teams like Chelsea and Roma, they were able to concede.

 

The buckets of both teams are leaky and I expect there to be at least 3 goals to be scored, much like it has in 5 out of the last 6 games between the 2 sides.pin
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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Over 2.5 goals Bet365 1.80 7 3-4 WON (+5.6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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