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What the stats say about the best bets for Arsenal v Liverpool at the Emirates

10:03 GMT 21/12/2017
Roberto Firmino Liverpool Arsenal Premier League Aug 27
The Premier League matchday kicks off with a blockbuster encounter on Friday evening and we’ve taken a look at some of the best stats-based selections

Manchester City may be away and gone in the Premier League but with a fierce battle for the three remaining Champions League qualification places behind Pep Guardiola's all conquering side, games like Arsenal v Liverpool could be pivotal.

Not least because it's an opportunity for either team to take points off a rival contender and cement their European credentials in the process. 888Sport have a huge range of markets available for this match as well as a festive special offer for all customers.

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Arsenal are 29/20 (2.45) favourites to continue their impressive home record. Arsene Wenger has led his Gunners to 13 victories in their previous 14 Premier League games at this venue so it’s certainly been a fortress of late.

However, Opta's facts also reveal that Liverpool have come out on top in each of their previous three encounters against the Londoners and could win four in a row here for the first time since May 1998. Those who can foresee an away win will be handsomely rewarded with 888Sport going 37/20 (2.85). The draw is available at 5/2 (3.50) at the time of writing.

Looking at Opta's latest batch of data-led analysis it's clear that this game promises goals and plenty of them. Arsenal have been on target in their last 23 league games at home while Liverpool have scored at least three times in each of their four matches against the Gunners under Jurgen Klopp in this competition.

Both teams to score doesn't exactly get the pulse racing at 2/5 (1.40) but perhaps there's a better option in the form of late goals. There have been 17 goals scored in the 90th minute or later in this match in Premier League history; more than in any other fixture in the competition.

With that kind of potential for Friday night fireworks, backing both teams to net after half time at 29/20 (2.45) looks a very solid selection. What's more, Arsenal have scored 61.3% of their Premier League goals in the second half of matches this season. With Klopp's side always a danger with their myriad of attacking options, this game should be an open encounter right until the final whistle.