Liverpool vs Arsenal Prediction Preview
The Premier League is speeding up ahead of the traditional boxing day matches, and this weekend gives us an exciting game to look forward to, as Liverpool and Arsenal will go head to head at Anfield. The kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm local time on Saturday, December 23.
We will discuss the importance of this match for the title race in our Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction down below. Regardless of what the league table looks like, the clash at Anfield promises to be an entertaining one as it will see two attack-oriented teams going head to head.
Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League with 38 points after 17 games. Coached by Jurgen Klopp, the Reds have 11 wins, five draws and one loss in the 2023/24 league campaign, having scored 36 and conceded 15 goals so far.
Their recent form in the league includes three wins and two draws. The Reds also had a midweek match against West Ham in the EFL Cup, which will undoubtedly influence our Liverpool vs Arsenal tips, as the hosts are approaching the match on Saturday with more built-up fatigue.
Klopp will miss Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson, Alexis Mac Allister, Stefan Bajcetic, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Ben Doak through injury.
The Gunners are the league leaders in the Premier League with 39 points after 17 matches. Arsenal have recorded 12 wins, three draws and two losses in the league this term, scoring 35 and conceding 15 goals.
As for recent form, Mikel Arteta’s men have four wins and one loss in the last five league games. Both of Arsenal’s losses this season were on the road, as they were defeated by Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
The visitors list of absentees includes Jurrien Timber, Fabio Viera, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Jorginho. Since both teams are currently in great form, the Liverpool vs Arsenal odds are fairly balanced.
Betting Tips Liverpool vs Arsenal
Both teams to score? Yes
The match on Saturday is a must-win for both teams for multiple reasons. Liverpool need the three points if they want to reclaim the first spot which they lost after the goalless draw with Manchester United last week. For Arsenal, a win would mean distancing themselves from the Reds and continuing as league-leaders.
At the same time, both teams need to worry about Aston Villa who are in third place with 38 points and fourth-sitting Manchester City with 34 points. Even a draw would mean complicating things for themselves in the title race.
For these reasons, our first Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction is that the game at Anfield will be an open one with abundant scoring opportunities on both ends. Although they share the title for the best defence in the league, both the hosts and the visitors need to win the match on Saturday at all costs (or at least not lose), so attack will be more important. Bet365 offers 1.57 odds on both teams scoring.
Over 4.5 cards
Goals aside, we also expect an intense match at Anfield. Since both teams are used to pushing high with their pressing, they also tend to foul quite often in order to stop the rival team from launching a quick counter attack. This usually leads to a high number of yellow cards.
To back it up with numbers, the Reds have seen 35 cards in 17 matches so far. The Gunners, meanwhile, have been booked 25 times in as many games.
However, it is important to note that the two teams are booked more often against rivals that are similar in stature. For example, Liverpool saw seven cards in the 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur back in September. Arsenal, meanwhile, were booked three times in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea in October.
With the two teams expected to fight for possession throughout the game, there should be an increased number of fouls as well. The odds on over 4.5 cards in the match stand at 1.83 on Bet365.
Mohamed Salah to score anytime
Switching from general predictions to personal ones, we believe that Mohamed Salah will be the standout performer at Anfield on Saturday. The team needs a leader to step up and help clinch the first spot, and the Egypt international is the right person for the job.
Salah has had a great 2023/24 campaign so far. The 31-year-old has contributed with 15 goals and 8 assists in 24 matches across all competitions. With 11 goals in 17 Premier League appearances, Salah is the second-best goalscorer in the league. Only Erling Haaland with 14 goals has a better record.
Mo scored in Liverpool's 5-1 defeat of West Ham on Wednesday despite playing only 30 minutes, so he is in hot form at the moment. Moreover, with nine goals in 15 matches against Arsenal, he already knows that it means to score past the Gunners. We believe Salah will be on the scoreboard this Saturday, and Bet365 give 2.75 odds on a Salah goal anytime during the match.
Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Liverpool vs Arsenal tips are only suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.