Preview - Liverpool vs Arsenal 25 August 19

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Match Day 3
Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Sunday, August 25th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.58
Top Scorer (18/19): Sadio Mané & Mohamed Salah (22)

Last five matches form: L D W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.34
Top Scorer (18/19): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22)

This week's big game in the Premier League comes at Anfield as Liverpool play host to Arsenal. Both sides have been perfect so far in the Premier League this season, and will be hoping to make it three wins from three headed into this one.

Arsenal managed to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last season, but were swept aside 5-1 in this game.

Liverpool's major injury concern comes at the back as keeper Alisson remains out. Nathaniel Clyne is the only other absentee for the Red's at this stage. Arsenal have more than their share of injuries for so early in the season. Héctor Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Emile Smith Rowe and Konstantinos Mavropanos all missing for this one.

Whilst both of these sides have won both games, they can scarcely be said to have been impressive in doing so.

Liverpool gave up a fair few chances against both Norwich and Southampton and are facing a significantly better attacking side here. Arsenal meanwhile looked pretty laboured at times against both Newcastle and Southampton and will need to up their levels against the European Champions.

This is a tough one to call. Ordinarily we would be strong on Liverpool to win, but they do look a little vulnerable at present and we can see the Gunners picking up a point in an entertaining draw.

Prediction: Liverpool 2 - 2 Arsenal


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  14 - 7
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 55% - 45%

One booking apiece at Anfield, with referee Anthony Taylor taking the names of Fabinho of the home side and Arsenal's David Luiz.

In the end this was ultimately Liverpool's most convincing performance of the season so far. It wasn't quite as easy as it looked in the early stages though, for whilst they were always on top, Arsenal were looking continually dangerous on the break through the lightning quick Pépé. Had the new forward not missed when one on one with Adrian with the scores still at 0-0, this may well have been a little different.

Almost from the moment Pépé fired that effort straight at the keeper though Liverpool began to take charge - relentlessly working the ball into wide areas from where their marauding full-backs bombarded the area with crosses.

It was from a cross that the first goal arrived - a corner to be precise. Joel Matip rising highest seven yards out to power Trent Alex-Arnold's centre into the top left after 41 minutes. 1-0 at the break.

Just four minutes into the second half there was daylight between the sides. David Luiz having a handful of Mo Salah's shirt as the ball came into the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Salah himself taking the kick to finish emphatically into the top left.

The next goal in the 58th minute is possibly our favourite of the season to date. Salah beating Luiz all ends up deep on the right with a stop start move before showing blistering pace to scorch into the right of the eighteen-yard box. One composed finish into the bottom left later and this one was all over.

Credit to Arsenal, they weren't beaten for lack of effort here, and did grab a consolation five minutes from time. Lucas Torreira - who did well when coming on - found around twelve yards out, and whilst he scuffed his first effort, the ball ran kindly for him to finish smartly into the bottom right. 3-1 final score.

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