EPL Matchday 3 brings us a very promising match between two very familiar foes; The Reds vs The Gunners

It’s a match between the reigning EPL champions and a team undergoing transition under a new Tactical manager. Both teams will be looking to make it 3 wins out of 3 matches this season. They have already played each other at the start of this season’s curtain-raiser, the community shield cup at Wembley stadium and it was the Gunners who ran out victorious in the penalty shoot-out after playing out a 1-1 draw at full-time. Going by recent results from this fixture in the past 3 seasons, there are surely going to be lots of goals to be scored in this game.

The Gunners most recently won 2-1 at Anfield towards the end of last season and are already firing on all cylinders coming into this affair. Jorgen Klopp, the Liverpool coach, recently stated in a press conference that Mikel Arteta is a very Tactical manager and it’s no surprise that he has turned the Gunners into a very formidable team once again, with the Arsenal coach also paying much respect to the great achievements of Jurgen Klopp and his players. Liverpool will be high on confidence after beating Chelsea 2-0 away at Stamford Bridge last weekend courtesy of 2 brilliant second-half goals from Sadio Mane while Arsenal had to scrap for a dying minute winner from Eddie Nketiah against West Ham United at the Emirates, a match that ended 2-1 in favor of the Gunners.

This fixture rounds up a very interesting matchday 3 in the EPL, one that saw a lot of drama in matches involving most big teams in the league. Leicester City and Everton currently lead the table in the EPL, so this clash has a lot at stake as both sides will still look to continue their 100% start to the Season.

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The Reds vs The Gunners - Liverpool vs Arsenal

TEAM NEWS

LIVERPOOL FC:

Jurgen Klopp rotated his first-team players for their mid-week Carabao cup fixture against Lincoln City, a match in which the Reds ran out comfortable 6-2 winners, with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, and Elliot all getting game time and also were on the scoresheet. Liverpool midfield will be boosted by the signing of Tiago Alcantara, who recently signed for the Reds from Bayern Munich. He was brought in at half-time against Chelsea and his second-half performance was brilliant. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see him starting his first home game against the Gunners today. Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Alex- Oxlade Chamberlain have all been ruled out for this game due to injuries, but Joe Gomez will pass a late fitness test in order to be available.

Potential Line-up (4-3-3): Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dyke, Robertson, Tiago, Wiljnadum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

ARSENAL FC:

The Gunners will be boosted by the fact that they beat Liverpool at Anfield last season and also in the community shield at Wembley. Just like Klopp, Mikel Arteta also rotated his first-team Line-up for their mid-week encounter with Leicester City at the King Power stadium, giving David Luiz, Nketiah and Pepe some game time in a match where Arsenal were 2-0 victors and as a result, they were paired to play Liverpool again in the next round, a couple of days from today. Still on the treatment table lies Mustafi, Sokratis, Calum Chambers and Smith Rowe. The only place we expect to see changes from the Arsenal Lineup might be in defence, with David Luiz and Maitland-Niles pushing for a starting place in Mikel Arteta’s first team.

Potential Line-up (3-4-3): Leno, Holding, Magalhaes, Luiz, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

on how much confidence we take from our last two performances against Liverpool…

They are all very different games, the one we played at the Emirates and the one we played the in final were very different, and I think it will be different again [on Monday night]. We know the standards that they have set in this league, how consistent they have been and that is because they dominate almost every aspect of the game. So we need to be at our best, we need to compete really well against this team and hopefully, the boys are able to do that on Monday.

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE GAME:

Sadio Mane, Salah, and Firmino love scoring against the Gunners, so we expect one or 2 of them to get on the scoresheet. This fixture has produced mouthwatering goals in the past seasons, expect no fewer than 3 goals to be scored. Both teams will be fighting to keep their perfect record intact, so we should expect a very tight affair tonight considering that they would still play against each other in the Carabao cup, just a couple of days from today.

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OUR PREDICTION: 2 – 2

Match Preview by Patrick Alexander