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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Exciting Draw The Best Bet?

In years gone by, Liverpool and Arsenal have served up their share of exciting contests.

From those infamous Champions League clashes to Andrey Arshavin’s four-goal haul, this fixture is usually exciting and punters will be expecting plenty of goals at Anfield this Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were simply sublime in the first half against Hoffenheim on Wednesday, scoring three goals in a blistering 45 minutes.

Unfortunately for Gunners fans, Arsenal were not involved in European action this week but may benefit from the additional rest – even if it is early on in the campaign.

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Magical European nights WILL return to Anfield this season. The Reds were superb against Hoffenheim earlier this week and plenty of fans will be questioning whether Liverpool even need Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho.

With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino firing on all cylinders, Liverpool have one of the strongest attacking units in the top flight. And it could be one of those three men who make the difference on Sunday...

Salah, a former Chelsea player, has made a bright start to life at Anfield and plenty of punters will fancy the Egypt star to bag a goal or two again this weekend.

At 17/10 to score during 90 minutes, he is certainly well priced – especially considering Arsenal’s defensive mishaps.

For the second time in the space of a week, Liverpool might attempt to blitz a visiting side in the opening 30 minutes at Anfield.

The Reds are currently valued at 13/8 to hit the back of the net in both halves here and Klopp may give his talented attacking unit the green light to go for the jugular.

 

Wenger’s Arsenal Blessed With Attacking Talent

Alexis Sanchez could feature this weekend but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger won’t want to use the Chile international unless he absolutely has to.

The Arsenal manager knows that his offensive unit is much stronger than his defensive corps and an aggressive approach might be the best way forward against a struggling Liverpool defence.

Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette made an immediate impact on his Premier League debut against Leicester City and the £52 million man could star this weekend.

He is an 11/2 shot to open the scoring at Anfield and he could be the pick to back from an Arsenal perspective. The Frenchman is likely to get the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud once again and a first away Premier League goal could be on the cards.

Over 3.5 goals has landed in four of the last five fixtures between the two sides – this looks well priced again at 11/8. Both sides have their defensive issues at the moment and an early goal could set the tone for an entertaining contest.

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Prediction

It may seem a little clichéd but I’m expecting another high-scoring, entertaining draw this weekend. There are always fireworks whenever these two sides clash and goals could be on the cards once again.

Klopp’s “heavy metal” style of football may mean that Liverpool go all out early doors but Arsenal have the class to bounce back. Neither defensive unit is what you would call “elite” by any means and 2-2 seems like a fair result...

LIVERPOOL 2-2 ARSENAL (priced at 9/1 with 888Sport)