The international break is finally over now. The league season is set to resume, with Arsenal hosting Liverpool. The said fixture is the crunch tie of the fixture list this weekend. Currently, Liverpool is closer than Arsenal to a place in the top four.
The Reds sit at 7th place with 46 points and Arsenal in 9th place with 42 points. Both the teams have played 29 games as well. As things stand right now, Liverpool is in a better position to qualify for the Champions League than the Gunners.
However, a win in this game will provide a big boost to Arsenal’s top-four hopes. They have managed to stun big teams this season. The Gunners defeated Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Leicester this season. Mikel Arteta’s team has done this when such wins were not expected from them.
On the other hand, Liverpool are having a disastrous campaign. The defending champions are going through an injury crisis. Not only this they have also struggled to score goals this season. It has been a pretty big fall from grace for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
We have already seen how Mikel Arteta likes to set his teams up against big teams. Arsenal will rely upon counter-attacking football. They sit deep and congest spaces for Liverpool. The moment, the Reds lose the ball they will try to attack the spaces left behind by the fullbacks.
On the other hand, Liverpool will try to play with pace and energy. Arsenal will try to frustrate them and the Reds will try to play quickly and make switches. When they will lose the ball, Klopp’s men will try to win it back as soon as possible.
Though this has been the traditional way in which these two teams played. However this time there might be an exception. Liverpool knows that they are defensively vulnerable. This time it could be instead of the Reds who could use the counter-attacks.
Arsenal being the home team, will be invited to take possession and attack. As soon as Liverpool snatches the ball away from Gunners, they will use the pace of Salah and Mane. While Firmino will provide the extra man in midfield.
When and Where
Arsenal will host Liverpool at the Emirates in the Premier League fixture on 04.04.2021 at 12:30 AM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe are doubts for the game. Both of them picked up an injury during the international break for U-21 England. On loan player, Martin Odegaard did suffer an ankle injury but he is fit for the game.
Predicted Line Up: Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.
Divock Origi is out with a muscle problem along with Jordan Henderson. Roberto Firmino is back for the team after missing the previous three games.
Predicted Line Up: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Ozan Kabak, Andrew Robertson; Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Head to Head Stats: Arsenal vs Liverpool
Arsenal has won only one of their previous seven games against Liverpool in the Premier League. There have been four wins for Liverpool, two draws, and one win for Arsenal.
Though it hasn’t been his best season but the Gabon international is still a top player. He is still capable of producing big moments that can turn the tide of the game.
Despite Liverpool’s struggles this season, Salah has been in great form. This season as well he has already scored 25 goals. Klopp will be desperate that Salah turns up for the game against Arsenal.
The 12th Man Prediction Arsenal 2 vs 1 Liverpool
Liverpool’s defensive vulnerability could cost them the game. Arsenal will be deadly on the counter-attacks and they will fully exploit the Reds high line.