Gunners aiming to shoot down the kops

This weekend presents us with another tight encounter in the EPL with two familiar foes taking on each other on Saturday evening at Anfield. These two sides lie in the 4th and 5th positions on the EPL table, respectively, separated by just 2 points. Liverpool lost their previous match away to West Ham United 3-2 before the international break, while Arsenal won 1-0 at home to Watford. The Gunners are currently on an 8-game unbeaten run in the EPL, which started after their 5-0 loss away to Manchester City. Therefore, this game against Liverpool provides another opportunity for the Gunners to test their title credentials once more. The major scare for the Gunners would be their recent poor record against Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp took charge of the Kops. In 11 premier league meetings between the sides since Klopp took charge, Liverpool have won 7 and lost only once to the Gunners while the remaining three ended in draws. That’s a pretty poor record for the Gunners, but they have the opportunity to turn things around this weekend. A victory for the Gunners would see them climb unto 4th position in the table, with a possible 23 points collected out of 27.

TEAM NEWS:

LIVERPOOL F.C

The reds might be without Captain Jordan Henderson, who suffered an injury while on international duty with England, and they would have to wait for positive news from the doctors to confirm him fit for this visit of the Gunners. Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed that both Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane would be available for the game as Salah looks to add to his seven goals and two assists against the Gunners. Divock Origi is expected to feature from the bench after suffering a dead leg at the international break. Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Nabi Keita, Joe Gomez, and Curtis Jones are expected to miss out on this game. Still, Andy Robertson should feature after representing his Scottish team on international duty.

POSSIBLE LINEUP: (3-4-3)

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Virgil, Robertson, Chamberlain, Fabinho, Thiago, Jota, Mane, Salah.

ARSENAL F.C

The Gunners would be boosted by the return of Thomas Partey to training after he sat out their last two games before the international break due to injury, and he is expected to be thrown right back into the starting lineup. Granite Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac remain the only injury absentees for the Gunners. Mikel Arteta is expected to field the same starting lineup as he did against Watford, which means both Lacazette and Aubameyang should start up front. The only problem lies in the left side of defense as Keiran Tierney is fit again and might be recalled to the starting lineup.

POSSIBLE LINEUP: (3-4-3)

Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Lokonga, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

KICK-OFF TIME: 

6:30 PM (W.A.T)

Come ye Gunners!

on whether Liverpool away is the ultimate test…

It is always a test, it is a fascinating stadium to play football in. You have to be at your best, and raise the level to your maximum standards, emotionally, physically, tactically, because if you don’t you will be exposed. Going to Anfield is always a test, but if you are able to do that, there are not many grounds as good as there to feel that you are a proper footballer.

~ Mikel Arteta

PREDICTIONS:

Both teams are currently experiencing a rich form in front of goal. Salah and Mane especially love scoring against the Gunners, so I would back them to score again, considering that the Gunners have poorly played in recent times at Anfield.

Liverpool FC 3 – 1 Arsenal F.C

COYG!!

Match Preview by Patrick Alexander