Arsenal vs Liverpool
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 9 October 2022
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium.
On Sunday, Premier League leaders Arsenal will play host to Liverpool in an effort to win at the Emirates and widen their lead at the top of the standings.
After a convincing victory over rival Tottenham Hotspur in North London, Arsenal moved to the top of the standings, and they will be very confident going into the game against Liverpool.
Since the Gunners have won seven of their first eight Premier League games, Mikel Arteta will expect a strong showing against Liverpool this weekend.
Liverpool, who had a terrible start to the new season, is currently at ninth in the Premier League table.
Only two of Jurgen Klopp’s team’s seven Premier League games have ended in victories, and if their season does not pick up soon, they risk not qualifying for Europe.
The Reds have experienced numerous injury problems, and recent acquisition Darwin Nunez has also struggled to get going.
It will be intriguing to see whether Liverpool can build on their recent showings and grind out a spirit-boosting victory at the Emirates.
winning against league leaders Arsenal can undoubtedly uplift their spirits and offer them a much-needed boost in confidence.
Although the two teams have had excellent recent results against one another, the current circumstances of the two teams mean that Arsenal will surely enter the match as the favorite.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Head to head :
- The latest encounter ended in a 0-2 win for Liverpool.
- The past three meetings in a row failed to have three or more goals.
- At this ground, the guests scored two or more goals in the last three clashes.
- It’s been two years since the hosts won at this ground.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Prediction :
After eight games, the Gunners are in first place, and it is clear they are riding a wave of confidence and momentum. The north Londoners will face a struggling Liverpool team despite their superb attacking play this season.
Although the Reds have a strong previous head-to-head record against Arsenal, anything else than a home victory this weekend seems implausible. The Hard Tackle foresees a fiercely contested encounter that could result in a 3-1 Arsenal win.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Team News :
Eight players were changed by Arteta for his team’s victory over Bodo/Glimt in the middle of the week; Zinchenko was rested after skipping training on Wednesday as a precaution due to a recent calf injury.
Last time out in the Premier League, the Ukraine full-back surprised everyone by starting against Spurs. On Sunday, he should be well enough to take Kieran Tierney’s spot at left-back.
The three starters who kept their spots were Martinelli, Xhaka, and Gabriel.
The trio will almost definitely start again against Liverpool, with club captain Martin Odegaard expected to move back to attacking midfield despite Fabio Vieira scoring from that position in midweek.
Due to muscle injuries, Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny are anticipated to be out for some time.
While Curtis Jones is getting closer to a comeback after returning to training on Thursday, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arthur, and other Liverpool midfielders are anticipated to miss the trip because of injuries.
Ibrahima Konate, who suffered a knee injury in preseason, was listed among the substitutes for the first time this season against Rangers, but Klopp is unlikely to make any changes to his back line, especially because Andrew Robertson is still out with his own knee problem.
The German will have to decide whether to use his standard 4-3-3 formation or the 4-2-3-1 set up that helped Arsenal defeat Rangers on Tuesday.
Given Arsenal’s smooth midfield possession style, the former option is probably favoured.
As a result, Fabinho might take Darwin Nunez’s place, with Salah and Luis Diaz lining up on either side of Diogo Jota.
However, given Firmino’s strong start to the season, there is also the possibility of Firmino filling in instead.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Diaz