Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will start their new Premier League campaign with a trip to the Emirates that will see them face a weakened Arsenal side hit with injuries long before the start of the new season. Arsene Wenger, the Gunners manager is still in the transfer market for a defender and a striker and will have to play a second string side for this game against Liverpool. Both teams will want to start their campaign on a high and will play for all three point from this game. Here is the preview of this game along with the team news, predicted line-ups, predictions and betting odds:
The Arsenal vs Liverpool game will be played on Sunday the 14th of August at the Emirates stadium in London. The kick-off is scheduled at 4:00 pm BST (8:30 pm IST).
Arsenal are already in the middle of an injury crisis with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel picking up long injuries in the pre-season along with Laurent Koscielny who is just back in training. This has left the manager with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers as the only center back pairing for this game. The manager will also miss the services of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil who were back from training only last week. It will be a weakened Arsenal side but a decent one none-the-less.
Liverpool have their familiar problem with Daniel Sturridge who picked up a slight hip injury that will keep him out of this game. James Milner is also expected to miss this game after an injury he picked up in the pre-season while Joel Matip is not back to full season leaving Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren as the center back pairing for this game. Loris Karius is also injured as Simon Mignolet is expected to take the gloves for this game.
Cech; Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Chamberlain, Ramsey, Walcott; Sanchez
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Lallana, Can, Henderson; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho
Sadio Mane vs Nacho Monreal:
The new summer signing for Liverpool has been electric in the preseason and got his first goal in the 4-0 routing against Barcelona. He already looks a player well settled into the Liverpool squad and will be up against Monreal, one of the most experienced defenders in the league. Mane will try to use his pace to get the better of the defender and with Monreal not being so quick, this might be the position that Liverpool will be most productive on Sunday.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W4 D4 L1).
The Reds have only won one of their last 20 away trips to north London in all competitions (W1 D8 L11) and have collected just eight points in 10 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have lost just two of their last 15 home games on opening day (W10 D3), although those defeats have come in the last three attempts.
Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Premier League history (5).
The Reds have scored more Premier League goals than any other team in 2016 so far (41).
Roberto Firmino has had a hand in 13 goals (nine goals, four assists) in 15 Premier League appearances in 2016 so far, including two goals versus Arsenal in January.
Giroud has scored four goals in his last four Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
Liverpool played the most Premier League games on a Sunday in 2015-16 (18), while Arsenal played the third most (15).
This will be Wenger’s 21st season in charge of Arsenal since taking the job in September 1996 – no other current Premier League manager has been in charge of their current club for more than five consecutive seasons.
Games between these sides have seen 16 goals in the 90th minute or later, more than any other Premier League fixture (Liverpool 9, Arsenal 7).
Liverpool look a stronger outfit atleast on paper for this game but getting a result from the Emirates wil never be easy. Arsenal still have some genuine match-winners in their squad and will be expected to do a tidy job on the night against the Reds. However, if Klopp can get his team to press viciously at the start, Arsenal may lose the game even before they know what hit them. All in all, this game promises to be a close encounter as it usually is between the two sides.
Our Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool