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Liverpool v Arsenal Betting Preview

Liverpool v Arsenal betting preview

Both Liverpool and Arsenal were considered viable title contenders earlier in the season but they head into Saturday night’s encounter simply desperate to cling onto hopes of getting into the Premier League’s top four.

Arsenal currently occupy the last Champions League place with this weekend’s hosts just a point behind them.

However, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in such poor form right now it’s the Gunners who perhaps represent the best value in this one.

The visitors are 12/5 (3.40) to take all three points with betting giants Ladbrokes.

Meanwhile, it’s currently 21/20 (2.05) for a home win and 5/2 (3.50) for the draw.

Liverpool ran out 4-3 winners at the Emirates in the pair’s opening game of the season but the Merseysiders look a shadow of the team that began the campaign in such scintillating style.

Since the turn of the year they’ve lost six of their last 12 games in all competitions, winning twice in that sequence and just once in their previous seven Premier League games.

Conceding goals has been a major problem, having kept only one top-flight clean sheet in their last seven league outings while letting in two or more goals in four of those fixtures.

Therefore, the 11/2 (6.50) available for Arsenal to net over 2.5 goals is just one of many attractive propositions.

In fact, it could pay to back plenty of net-busting action. Both Teams to Score at 8/13 (1.62) looks a banker given the fact that we’ve seen that outcome bear fruit in 21 of the pair’s last 26 meetings.

The last six Premier League clashes alone have featured 28 goals and that brings Ladbrokes’ bet of 4+ goals at 7/4 (2.75) to be scored into play as well.

Philippe Coutinho scored twice in the reverse fixture and grabbed his first goal since November against Leicester last time out. He’s 11/5 (3.20) to net anytime at Anfield with forward partner Roberto Firmino 5/1 (6.0) to score the game’s opening goal.

For the Gunners, top scorer Alexis Sanchez is 15/8 (2.88) to score anytime while a tempting 10/1 (11.0) to net two or more goals is on offer with one of best betting sites around.

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Manchester United Vs Arsenal

Manchester United v Arsenal: Close contest between depleted teams

There is certainly no love lost between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. The two Premier League bosses have clashed on numerous occasions and the Special One branded the Gunners boss a “specialist in failure” back in February 2014. Now they meet at Old Trafford for the first time.

There isn’t much between the sides in the betting for this weekend’s clash. United are Betway’s 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Arsenal the slight outsiders at 19/10 (2.90). Due to some erratic form it’s tricky to make a convincing case for either team at the current prices.

Neither have been at their best in recent weeks and coming off the back of an international break there are bound to be some doubts about players who have represented their country. This is a particular issue for those who arrived late back from South America like Alexis Sanchez, having represented Chile twice in World Cup qualifying in the last week.

Football betting odds on Man u v Arsenal

In cases such as this one the draw looks the best option for those seeking a wager for the outright result, it’s a 9/4 (3.25) chance with Betway and that looks very fair. The hosts are missing Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia so their defensive line does look a little fragile but Mourinho is often happy to settle for taking the sting out of the game without being too ambitious.

The Gunners have an abysmal record at Old Trafford so United may feel that they’re in the driving seat for this game but the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to suspension plus the ongoing Wayne Rooney saga means their attacking prospects look particularly diminished.

The England captain was photographed out celebrating the Three Lions’ win over Scotland last weekend and while players are entitled to enjoy their success and the media are often very quick to criticise any supposed wrongdoing, the 31-year-old’s decision looks somewhat short-sighted considering there was a training session the following day and he is a position of responsibility.

Rooney may well sit out this game due to a slight knock which means Marcus Rashford could lead the line. The promising youngster is an 11/2 (6.50) chance to break the deadlock and 6/4 (2.50) to net anytime but there is as big as 9/4 (3.25) out there for those who want to back the 19-year-old.

Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings between these two teams in all competitions and with that in mind, punters hungry for goals may be tempted by the quote of 8/11 (1.73) on neither side keeping a clean sheet.

Those searching for bigger returns could do worse than consider a correct score wager on 1-1 at 19/4 (5.75) with Betway. This bet landed in the Old Trafford meeting in 2015 and with the match being the first of the Premier League coupon, it could be something of a slow burner as opposed to a goal-fest, especially considering the absentee list for the hosts.