This is one of the biggest, most exciting clashes of the season. Arsenal facing off against Liverpool. Both teams have fared similarly 2 weeks into the season, but will Arsenal’s returning X-Factor Alexis Sanchez turn the tide in their favor?
Liverpool – (11/10)
Arsenal – (11/5)
Draw – (13/5)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (4/7)
Under – (27/20)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (1/2)
No – (6/4)
So let’s get this out of the way right away, everyone but Liverpool is welcoming Alexis Sanchez back. The league’s second leading scorer returns to a club that already is scoring well this season. Aaron Ramsey has already matched his last season goal total, Dany Welbeck is 1 away from matching last season. Olivier Giroud notched 12 last year and has one already. But all eyes will be on Sanchez.
With both clubs having three double-digit goal scorers returning this season, nobody on the pitch is quite as favored to put one in as Alexis Sanchez, who should be guaranteed to give Arsenal at least one.
Over the offseason, both clubs added some big names to their offensive midfields, Mohamed Salah to Liverpool and Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, both of whom have tallied a goal a piece in this early season. Last year these two clubs finished 4th and 5th respectively, each only a few wins from 2nd place. We predict these two additions should push both clubs up to top 3 and 4 positions and should cause fireworks in this match up of power houses.
Liverpool 3 – 4 Arsenal
Both clubs were so evenly matched last season, with Liverpool only nudging themselves out in front. For two squads that are very similar on the stat sheets, Liverpool at 1-1-0 with 4 goals (+1) and Arsenal at 1-0-1 with 4 goals for and against, this should be an explosive match. We think Alexis Sanchez will show his worth and earn his team the win, with both teams definitely seeing the score board and totaling over 2.5 goals.