Liverpool v Arsenal Prediction: Premier League Match on 20.11.2021
The English Premier League is back with a bang following the interruption for the World Cup qualifiers and it’s not a moment too soon for lovers of the sport’s most-watched competition. The race for the English top tier title continues on Saturday with eight games on the schedule, including two matches that have been selected for the live TV treatment.
Leicester City and Chelsea open the show in the early afternoon kick-off, and you’ll find a full match preview on our site, with predictions and odds. On this page, we concentrate on the top of the bill battle involving Liverpool and Arsenal.
Two sides that consider themselves amongst the best in English football meet at Anfield as the Reds host the Gunners. There’s all to play for here as both sides need the points for different reasons. Liverpool knows victory would boost their chances of challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for the trophy, but to do that, they must improve.
Arsenal chases a win that would help improve their chances of finishing in the top-four and making a welcome return to the UEFA Champions League next season. Which side will get their wish?
Liverpool and Arsenal are no strangers to meeting on the big occasion, of course, and have served up many memorable matches over the years. The most recent game involving the rivals was played at the Emirates Stadium in London earlier this year. Liverpool ran out comfortable winners of the points thanks to a 3-0 final score.
Arsenal hasn’t beaten Liverpool in their last four tries, a run stretching back to July 2020.
Reds are without a win in two
Liverpool has started this season better than they did the last and are holding their own in the title race as we race towards winter. Jurgen Klopp’s men have slipped a few places down the ladder in recent weeks, though, as they have failed to win any of their last two matches and have managed just two wins in their five most recent league games.
The locals can be found hanging on to fourth place in the league with 22 points on the board. By the time they kick-off for this match, Liverpool may have dropped out of the top four, and that would pile pressure on those in the home dressing room.
The home team have taken one of the last six points available to them, a poor return which has seen the contenders drop off the pace set by Chelsea. They return to action with their stats for the season so far, showing six wins and four draws against one defeat with 31 goals scored and 11 conceded.
Liverpool is the league’s top scorer at present and is the only team in the division with more than 30 goals against their name. The problem lies with their usually strong defence, which has conceded just one goal less than a Southampton team that can be found down in 13th.
Liverpool was the league’s last remaining unbeaten side, but that ended in their most recent game when losing in London against West Ham United.
The Hammers are on an incredible run of form and beat Liverpool in a firefight at the former Olympic Stadium earlier this month. That match ended in a 3-2 win for West Ham in a match that swung back and forth. Liverpool scored through Alexander-Arnold and Origi but was already 3-1 down by the time the latter found the net. It was a surprise win for West Ham but a deserved one. Will we see a response from Liverpool here?
Gunners enjoy a winning run
There haven’t been too many times over the last five years we could say Arsenal are the form team when playing Liverpool, but that’s the case ahead of Saturday night’s match. The Gunners are one place lower than the home team in the league table but are closing fast and enjoy an impressive unbeaten record.
They travel from North London to Merseyside on the back of two wins and three victories, with each of those wins coming in their last three games. Mikel Arteta has his fair share of critics, but he is winning over the doubters one at a time, and the manager would go some way to winning new fans if he was to lead his men to a famous win at Anfield.
Arsenal is fifth in the table after 11 games played with six wins, two draws and three defeats on the board. That may not sound overly impressive at first glance, but when remembering each of those two draws and half of their wins have come in recent weeks, it shows the Londoners are heading in the right direction.
Is this just another false dawn for the supporters, or have Arteta’s men finally found their feet, and the manager is about to repay the faith shown in him by the board? We’ll find out at the end of the season but will have a clearer picture of how things lie at full-time in this match.
We last saw Arsenal when the club completed a welcome hat-trick of wins before the international break. They did that with a hard-fought 1-0 over fellow London side Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
The Hornets are a difficult club to nail down as they are unpredictable, but a greater margin of victory was expected from Arsenal in that game. They rode their luck at times during the match but came away with the three points thanks to a goal from Smith-Rowe before Kucka was sent off for the beaten side near the end.
Liverpool v Arsenal prediction
This is one of the most famous football matches globally, and we expect to see a packed Anfield with millions of more viewers following the play around the world. This will be one of the most competitive renewals of the fixture in recent years if the stats are anything to go on.
The away teams boast the better recent form, but it would be foolish to write Liverpool off, especially when cheered on at home by their adoring fans.
Arsenal arrives on Merseyside with their tails up and is eager to grab a win that could define their season. They are improving in every area of the pitch, most importantly in the defence. If they leave Anfield with three points, it would be a statement of intent.
Still, if Liverpool plays to the best of their abilities and is anywhere near 100%, they should have enough character and experience in their ranks to make a welcome return to winning ways.
Premier League odds
Liverpool is priced at 1.43 for the win, with Arsenal trading at 6.75 and the draw 4.82.
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