Liverpool vs Arsenal (Premier League, 21.12.2014)

Liverpool welcome Arsenal on Sunday in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash between two struggling teams. Both sides have had terrible starts to their Premier League campaign, and haven’t been able to perform consistently up to this point. While the Gunners have been alternating excellent performances with painful horror shows, Brendan Rodgers’s men have been slumping for months, and now find themselves in the middle of the table, 21 points behind the leaders Chelsea -a far cry from last season’s amazing run. Arsenal are not doing any better by their own standards.

The gunners were tipped to fight for the title after the arrival of Alexis, but Wenger’s reluctance to strengthen the defense has come back to hurt them in every match. The pressure will be firmly on Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers this Sunday, as Anfield faithfuls are starting to lose patience with both the manager and the new signings. Arsene Wenger is also having plenty of critics, but he managed to lighten up the mood in Gooners’ camp with two convincing wins against Galatasaray and Newcastle.
Liverpool obliterated Arsenal 5-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, with Suarez and Sturridge creating havoc in Arsenal’s defense. This time around, Gunners can breathe a sigh of relief, as both players will be miles away from Anfield. Rodgers’ new arrivals haven’t lived up to expectations, and brought him more headaches than goals. The forward options are so bleak on Merseyside, that Rodgers is utilizing Raheem Sterling upfront. Back in defense things are also shaky. Dejan Lovren is a calamity, and the three men defense is easily exposed by quality attackers. Liverpool will be without Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge for the Sunday clash, while Dejan Lovren picked up an injury in yesterday’s match against Bournemouth and is now doubtful.

Arsenal have plenty of weapons to hurt Liverpool. Sanchez, Wellbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain bring pace, Giroud – a real presence, while Cazorla excellent vision. Their Achilles heel is the defense and the holding midfielder. The Gunners will be without Koscielny, Monreal and Arteta, as well as long term absentees Walcott, Ozil and Ramsey.

The odds have dropped dramatically in Arsenal’s favor and now the Gunners are slight favorites to win at 2.5 with Bet365, while Liverpool are priced at 2.8. We expect an even encounter with plenty of chances to score at both ends. Both teams have leaky backlines, but Gunners’ superior striking options could and should make the difference. If Arsenal play with the same intensity as they did against Newcastle, Liverpool will be in big trouble, especially with Brad Jones in goal. The 2.5 price for Gunners is too tempting to refuse, that’s why we are going to stick 7 units on an outright Arsenal win with Bet365. We all know Wenger’s men are prone to moments of madness, that’s why as a side bet we suggest to stick a few quid on Mario Balloteli to score anytime at 2.62 with Bet365. If there is one team to gift Mario a goal, that’s Arsenal.

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