Liverpool is all set for an exciting face-off with Arsenal at Anfield in Round 18 of the Premier League.
The last game between Liverpool and United ended without any goals, as both teams struggled to make a mark. The Reds have now moved up to the second spot in the league standings, just one point behind the leading Arsenal. They've managed to stay ahead of Aston Villa in third place thanks to a better goal difference.
On the flip side, Arsenal is on fire, sitting comfortably at the top of the points table. Their recent triumph against Brighton showcased their dominance with a solid 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Although the first half was a bit of a struggle for the Gunners, goals from Jesus and Havertz turned the tide, securing a well-deserved three points.
Arsenal consistently delivers an impressive average of 6.21 shots on target per match, indicating a high likelihood of them scoring during the first half.
The betting tip is...
Arsenal to score a goal in the first half
Liverpool is facing some hurdles with key players like Thiago Alcántara, Stefan Bajcetic, Diogo Jota, and Alexis Mac Allister out with injuries. Despite these setbacks, Liverpool's defense has been rock solid, allowing only five goals in their last five matches.
On the attack, Alexander-Arnold and Cody Gakpo have been shining stars. Arnold has an impressive 17.1% shots-on-target rate, while Gakpo is not far behind with 8.2%.
These two players are the ones to watch in the upcoming match, as they continue to make a big impact for Liverpool.
Cody Gakpo is expected to start against Arsenal.
Predicted Lineup: Alisson,Tsimikas, van Dijk, Konate, Alexander-Arnold, Cody Gakpo, Szoboszlai, Endo, Diaz ,Nunez, Salah.
Arsenal is dealing with significant absences, with key players like Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira, and Jurrien Timber sidelined due to injuries.
The team is facing a challenge, especially in defense, due to the absence of these key figures. This puts more emphasis on the attacking skills of Saka and Jesus.
Despite the defensive setbacks, Saka and Jesus are shining stars for Arsenal. Both players have remarkable shooting accuracy, making them crucial assets for the team.
Saka has been a standout offensive force, contributing to a total of 19 goals and assists. Meanwhile, Jesus has showcased his talent with a combined total of 10 goals and assists.
Leandro Trossard might start for Arsenal.
Predicted Lineup: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Havertz, Odegaard, Jesus, Trossard, Saka.
Liverpool is gearing up for a challenging encounter against the formidable Arsenal, preparing for a true test of their capabilities. Their season performance has been outstanding, with just one loss in 17 games.
Arsenal, on the other hand, can be a real force to reckon with when they're on top of their game. Players like Zinchenko, with an impressive 12% accuracy in shots on target, and Raya, making 31 saves with a matching accuracy rate, pose a significant challenge to their opponents.
However, it's evident that Arsenal boasts a more powerful squad, packed with exceptional talent and tactical know-how. This firmly establishes them as the frontrunners in what's expected to be an exhilarating showdown.