Gunners can earn another Anfield draw

no stadium in the Premier League has seen fewer goals this season

Following their Carling Cup triumph last weekend, Liverpool will turn their attention to the Premier League on Saturday when Arsenal visit Anfield for a crucial match in the race for Champions League qualification.

Daniel Agger has been ruled out with an injury sustained during the Carling Cup Final against Cardiff City and Steven Gerrard is a doubt having been substituted within 30 minutes of England’s friendly defeat against Holland in midweek. Brazilian midfielder Lucas remains a long-term absentee.

Arsene Wenger looks set to be without Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere but Robin Van Persie came through 45 minutes on international duty unscathed. Last weekend, Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to hammer Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 and effectively put an end to their rivals’ title challenge. The fighting spirit that has deserted the Gunners on so many occasions this season appeared to return and more of the same may be needed to ensure that their trip to Merseyside is rewarding.

Both sides have enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the vast majority of their games this season and much of the game is likely to be played out in the midfield third. Although Liverpool remain the only top-flight side to maintain an unbeaten home record in all competitions, they have recorded only four league wins in 12 games at Anfield. A win on Saturday would see the Reds climb to within four points of Arsenal with a game in hand. William Hills' odds of 19/20 for a home win, however, seem far too short for a side coping with fatigue, injuries to key players and indifferent form. 

The last two league games at Anfield have ended goalless and no stadium in the Premier League has seen fewer goals this season. However, the Reds are up against a different proposition on Saturday in the form of Arsene Wenger’s Gunners. Only the bottom three in the Premier League have conceded more away goals than Arsenal and only the top two have scored more on their travels. Given the stark contrast between Liverpool’s form at Anfield and Arsenal’s form away from the Emirates, the goal markets are perhaps best avoided.

Six of the last 12 meetings between the two sides have ended in a 1-1 draw and William Hill offer 13/2 for a repeat of that scoreline. In any case, a draw looks good value at 13/5 with Betfred.

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Back a draw @ 13/5 with Betfred

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 02/03/2012 - 10:35 AM
Filed in:- Liverpool Betting News, Arsenal, Liverpool

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