Opposition Analysis: Liverpool’s Title Clash With Arsenal

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Liverpool’s Title Six-Pointer Clash Against Arsenal

Liverpool travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face Arsenal in a massive Premier League clash. Both sides have their sights set on the Premier League title, but a turbulent festive period leaves the Gunners’ title hopes hanging by a thread.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side still remains a major threat and will be looking to get their title challenge back on track on Sunday. We’re going to take a deeper look at everything you need to know about Liverpool’s opposition.

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Current Form:

Arsenal come into Sunday’s game off the back of successive victories against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. However, before that the Gunners had registered just one win in their previous seven across all competitions.

One of those games included a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup Third Round at the Emirates Stadium back in January.

The poor spell of form over Christmas has truly opened the door to both Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race. A victory for Liverpool could send Jurgen Klopp’s side eight points clear of the Gunners.

Arsenal Team News:

Thomas Partey had seemingly returned to Arteta’s plans ahead of the trip to the City Ground on Tuesday, but the midfielder has now been ruled out of Sunday’s game through injury. Fabio Vieira and Jurrien Timber remain sidelined with long-term injuries, whilst Takehiro Tomiyasu remains on international duty with Japan.

Mohamed Elneny is due to return to domestic action due to Egypt’s early elimination from the African Cup of Nations. Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Jesus are expected to be available as they continue their returns from injury.

Predicted Starting XI- Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Havertz, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

Head-to-Head:

Liverpool have won four of their last five visits to the Emirates Stadium, scoring 11 goals and conceding just three. All three of those goals came in the 3-2 defeat to the Gunners back in October 2022.

The Reds have also lost just two of their last ten away games against Arsenal, with several memorable victories along the way.

Key Stats:

  • Sunday’s game will be the 200th meeting between the two clubs, Liverpool have won 79 whilst Arsenal have won 66.
  • Diogo Jota has averaged a goal or assist every 41 minutes across his five appearances at the Emirates Stadium for Liverpool. The forward has five goals and two assists in 287 minutes against the Gunners.
  • Liverpool boast the best defence in the league- conceding just 19 goals in 22 games, whilst also scoring the joint-most goals alongside Manchester City (51).
  • Arsenal have won 11 of their 14 home games across all competitions this season, dropping points to Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham United.

Score Prediction- Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

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