Some good betting tips and a preview for Liverpool Arsenal all rolled into one.
02/08/2012 - Kick off: 13:30 Anfield, Sky Sports 1
Sunday lunchtime sees Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool, with both sides still looking for their first win of the season. Liverpool will be hoping to build on a hugely encouraging performance against Manchester City last Sunday, whilst Arsenal will be looking for a repeat of their victory at Anfield last March. Nuri Sahin, the Turkish international recently signed from Real Madrid, may well make his Premier League debut against the Gunners, the team who had fought Liverpool for his signature.
Liverpool, best odds to win- 23/20 Blue Square
Liverpool go into Sunday’s game as slight favourites and the best price for the Reds can be found at Blue Square, who value them at 23/20. This fixture last season saw Liverpool totally dominate Arsenal, only for a stunning late winner from Robin Van Persie that enabled Arsenal to steal all 3 points. Both sides have enjoyed uncertain starts to the season with Liverpool conceding 5 goals in 2 games whilst the Gunners have yet to find the net this season. Luis Suarez was the Reds top scorer last season with 17 goals, although were it not for a combination of poor finishing and bad luck that figure would have been considerably larger. At 6/1 with Coral to be the first goalscorer and with his confidence boosted after scoring a superb free kick against Manchester City, the controversial Uruguayan is a decent bet for punters. Despite their poor home form last season, Liverpool conceded only 16 goals at Anfield, the third fewest in the division. Therefore a bet for only Liverpool to score at 12/5 with Bet365 looks tempting. Lastly if you fancy new boy Nuri Sahin to score on his debut, then you can get him to score at anytime at 6/1 with SkyBet.
Arsenal, best odds to win- 56/19 Pinnacle
The Gunners face another tough away fixture after last weekend’s goalless draw at Stoke. Although they are yet to concede this season, Arsenal are still waiting for their first goal of the season. The departure of Robin Van Persie has hit the club hard and his replacements; Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolksi, are still acclimatising to English football. Arsenal should be able to welcome back first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who missed the game at Stoke with a shoulder problem. Szczesny saved a penalty in the corresponding fixture last season and Liverpool have missed 7 out of their last 10 penalties in all competitions and so a bet for a Liverpool missed penalty at 12/1 with Stan James is worth a punt. As has been said the Gunners are yet to concede this season so odds of 5/1 for only Arsenal to score could be worthwhile. Whilst if you think that Arsenal are going to record their third consecutive 0-0 draw you can get 11/1 on this at Sportingbet.