Liverpool vs Arsenal: Under-fire managers go head to head in historically thrilling fixture

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Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield in top-4 scrap

Tonight’s Barclays Premier League meeting between Liverpool and Arsenal evokes memories of sensational Premier League matches with goals galore.

Laurent Koscielny might be fit for Arsenal while Aaron Ramsey is also in contention for a starting berth. Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson is still out with a foot injury.

The winners will go 3rd and the losers might slip as low as 6th. Who will get the job done at Anfield tonight?

Team News

Liverpool

Ruled out: Henderson, Ings, Grujic, Ejaria

Doubtful: Sturridge, Lovren, Klavan

Likely starting XI (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Can, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Coutinho

Arsenal

Ruled out: Cazorla, Elneny

Doubtful: Ramsey, Ozil, Koscielny

Likely starting XI (4-3-3): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Walcott, Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez

Key Players

Sadio Mané has been directly involved in 15 Premier League goals (11 goals and 4 assists) this season which means that he remains their most productive player. His ability to find space between Arsenal’s lines might be decisive. Joël Matip is a hugely important player for Liverpool with the injuries to Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren. The Cameroonian is the only specialist centre back available and will likely play alongside natural midfielder Lucas Leiva.

For Arsenal, Olivier Giroud might not be in the side from the start, but the Frenchman has proved to be a thorn in Liverpool’s side. His movement and physical presence might well spell  trouble for a makeshift Liverpool defence. Laurent Koscielny should also feature, the senior centre back’s influence was badly missing when Arsenal lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich.

Key Match Stats

  • Liverpool are undefeated in 19 of their last 20 matches at Anfield in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool’s Premier League win over Tottenham ended a winless streak of 5 games.
  • Arsenal’s last 6 matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
  • Arsenal are undefeated on their last 2 trips to Anfield in the Premier League.

Verdict & Picks

A draw is offered at 3.60 by ClickaBet and it offers value based on historical evidence.

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