Premier League returns after the international break. Yet, the clubs will be wary of their players who have just got back from their national teams as fatigue, injuries and possible contraction of covid-19 can be the issue for selecting the starting XI for the upcoming matches. The Reds’ hope for retaining the title is gone. The only plausible target left this season is to finish at the top four. This weekend they will be taking on Arsenal, which sits only two places below them on the ninth but has been in a better form than Jurgen Klopp’s men lately.
The teams’ previous games
The Gunners managed to comeback from three goals down to salvage one point against West Ham on the road. They conceded three goals first by Jesse Lindgard’s blast, Jarred Bowen’s strike and Tomas Soucek but did not give up. Two own goals by Tomas Soucek and Craig Dawson boosted their confidence before Alexander Lacazette’s header equalised and sealed one away point.
Liverpool, on the other side, was back on their winning ways along with Diogo Jota’s return while facing off Wolverhampton. The Portuguese international was the one who made the difference by scoring the only goal of the match.
Mikel Arteta could only hope there would be no more missing players after Bukayo Saka who left the Three Lions early after picking up an injury on matchday two. He is on the sideline alongside Willian. Arteta only hope his 4-2-3-1 can still be filled with his best players to support the targetman Alexander Lacazette upfront. Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe are the first choice on the second line.
His counterpart, Jurgen Klopp also expects the same for most of their key man such as Diogo Jota, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Thiago Alcantara to be fit for this crucial clash. Liverpool is already without Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk,Jordan Henderson and the second goalie Caoimhin Kelleher. The German boss is still keen on deploying 4-3-3 formation with probably Firmino, Diogo Jota and Alex Olxlade-Chamberlain in the line up and rest Mo Salah and Sadio Mane first.
Players to watch
Arsenal’s youngster Emile Smith Rowe has been the key man in their revival this year. He has contributed one goal and six assists in Premier League and Europa League. Another vital figure lately is the Frenchman who did not make the cut for Les Blues squad, Alexander Lacazette. He has notched up eleven goals and two assists.
Meanwhile, the Reds shall rely on Firmino who does not feature in any international fixtures this whole week due to the CONMEBOL qualifiers postponement. The Brasilian has just netted six goals and five assists in EPL. Another notable name to watch is the wingback Trent Alexander-Arnold who was left out of the England squad.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Prediction
It is a clash which has potentials for a thrilling game despite the possible fatigue issues among both teams’ player. Considering the latest circumstance, the match might end in a stalemate.
According to the punters, Arsenal is the favourite with the odds to win at 9/4. The value for draw result is at 14/5. Meanwhile, Alisson Brecker and Co are backed to win at 25/19