Betting preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal - Reds to outscore Gunners in Anfield thriller

Liverpool have stuttered in recent weeks but can get the better of Arsenal in what could be a high-scoring contest at Anfield on Saturday.

Remarkably, given how they started the season, Arsenal could go above Liverpool in the table this weekend if they win at Anfield.

While the managerial merry-go-round spins fast in the Premier League right now, Arsenal's decision not to panic and give Mikel Arteta the boot when they lost their first three games is looking like a smart move.

The Gunners are on an unbeaten run of eight Premier League matches and, with Liverpool stalling at the same time, instead of this being a battle between say second and 15th, suddenly it's fourth v fifth. How quickly things change.

When: Saturday, November 20, 17.30 GMT

Where: Anfield

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event

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Best bets for Liverpool vs Arsenal

Sadio Mane Liverpool Sep21 celebration

Over 3.5 goals at 5/4

Liverpool to win 3-2 at 16/1

Sadio Mane to score first goal at 15/4

Emile Smith Rowe to score at 17/4

Liverpool have conceded five times in their last two Premier League games after being pegged back from 2-0 up to draw 2-2 with Brighton before losing 3-2 at West Ham.

However, they did manage a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid between those two matches which means Jurgen Klopp's men have already won a tough Champions League group with two matches to spare.

That allows Klopp to go full pelt here rather than juggle his squad due to having one eye on the midweek home game against Porto.

Arsenal aren't in Europe this season although, like Liverpool, they had plenty of players away on international duty recently.

Confidence is clearly high after eight wins and two draws in their last 10 matches in league and cup but Anfield hasn't been a happy hunting ground for them in recent years.

Last three Premier League meetings

Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool (April 3, 2021)

Jota, Liverpool

Between the two Premier League meetings last season, Arsenal knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

The wobbling Reds had lost six of their last 10 games coming into this one but swept aside the Gunners with comparative ease.

Goalless at the break, Liverpool hit the gas in the second half and moved into a 2-0 lead via strikes from Diogo Jota (64) and Mo Salah (68).

Jota helped himself to another eight minutes from time, leaving Arsenal boss Arteta to admit he was "in shock" at how poorly his side had played.

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal (September 28, 2020)

Mikel Arteta

Back at the start of last season when title-holders Liverpool were still steamrolling everyone at home, Arsenal were victims of a fairly routine 3-1 win.

The Gunners took a shock lead through Alexandre Lacazette after 25 but nine minutes later Liverpool were in front. Sadio Mane continued his excellent run of scoring against Arsenal with an equaliser before Andy Robertson fired them in front.

The Reds, who had two-thirds of possession, brought on Diogo Jota for his home debut with 10 minutes left and the Portuguese made the dream start to his Anfield career by volleying home the clinching third with two minutes left.

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool (July 15, 2020)

Lacazette

With the title already in the bag, Liverpool were trying to eclipse Manchester City's record tally of 100 points when they headed to the Emirates in mid-July.

They were on target to do so when Mane turned in Robertson's 20th-minute cross but then the Reds took their foot off the gas and were made to play.

Virgil van Dijk's terrible back-pass allowed Lacazette to equalise after 32 minutes and just before half-time Reiss Nelson cashed in on a poor clearance from Alisson to somehow leave the visitors trailing at the break.

Liverpool had just under 70% of possession as they pushed for an equaliser but Arsenal held firm. "These boys are human beings. From time to time they are not perfect," said Klopp later.

Last 10 Premier League meetings

Liverpool wins: 7

Draws: 2

Arsenal wins: 1

Liverpool goals: 30

Arsenal goals: 13

Liverpool can get on brack

Liverpool Manager JURGEN KLOPP during the Champions League football match between Atletico de Madrid and Liverpool FC at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

As mentioned at the start, Arsenal could leapfrog Liverpool if they can pull off a first Premier League win at Anfield since 2012.

But despite their good recent run, I don't expect them to do so.

Arteta's side have clearly made solid strides but they've had a fairly comfortable fixture list and, to be honest, could easily have lost to Crystal Palace and drawn with Watford in that spell.

There's a sense that their recent haul of points is flattering and this looks a game where Liverpool can show they have much greater strength.

Klopp has a superb record against the Gunners, averaging 2.18pts per game in the 11 Premier Leagues he's taken charge of against them.

And, adding the filter of Anfield, Liverpool have won their last five against Arsenal and scored at least three goals in all of them.

The problem for Liverpool at the moment isn't scoring goals, it's conceding them. And that's why I'm expecting both sides to find the net on Saturday.

The evening kick-off means Anfield should be rocking. And with Liverpool having played out 2-2 home draws with both Manchester City and Brighton, it's not much of a leap to see them winning this one perhaps by the odd goal in five.

That 3-2 scoreline - a reverse of their loss at West Ham - pays 16/1 with Planet Sport Bet.

A more cautious approach is just to play total goals and Over 3.5 looks a fair price at 5/4.

In fact, extremely fair if based on historical head-to-heads as the last eight Premier League games between this pair at Anfield have witnessed at least four goals.

Goalscorer bets for Liverpool vs Arsenal

Emile Smith-Rowe, Arsenal, England

Having predicted Over 3.5 goals and a 3-2 scoreline, I'm clearly very interested in the To Score market.

There are numerous options and Salah has scored seven goals in his nine matches against the Gunners. But at home, Sadio Mane offers the better value.

The Senegalese striker has scored in four of the last five Liverpool vs Arsenal top-flight games at Anfield and this season he's netted in five of his seven home games.

Two of those have been the first goal and I'll back him at 17/4 to hit the game's opener once more.

Liverpool can look vulnerable in transition and the man who could cash in for Arsenal is Emile Smith Rowe.

The youngster is in great form having netted five times in his last eight Arsenal matches and that run includes the second goal in the Gunners' latest away game - the 2-0 win at Leicester.

Smith Rowe looks a big price to add another to his growing collection.

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