In a midweek football schedule that is dominated by the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, there are some matches of note from the English Premier League to work through. The best of which takes place on Wednesday evening in London at the Emirates Stadium where two of the division’s eye-catching sides face-off in Arsenal and Liverpool. The home team are pushing hard for a place in the top four and qualification to next season’s Champions League. The visitors remain in the title hunt and know a win in London would crank up the pressure on leaders Man City.
This match has all the ingredients for a thrilling 90 minutes of football, and it could end up overshadowing the Champions League fixtures played elsewhere on the night, something that won’t impress UEFA. But which team will come out on top and grab the three points? Liverpool are the hot favourites with all respected pundits, but Arsenal appear to have finally found their feet under manager Mikel Arteta and are firing on all cylinders. They will enjoy the backing of a packed stadium and hope to use that support to propel them towards victory.
Wednesday’s match will be the fourth meeting of the season, with one game played in the Premier League at Anfield back in November and two in the EFL Cup. This season, the Reds remain unbeaten in all competitions against the Gunners, with the head to head stats standing at two wins and a draw. Liverpool won the league match 4-0 before being held to a goalless draw in the first leg of the EFL Cup. They made no mistake in their only other visit to the Emirates, leaving with an impressive 2-0 away win tucked under their belt. Will we see more of the same here, or can Arsenal gain their revenge when it matters most?
Arsenal up to fourth
Arsenal rank amongst the Premier League’s most in form sides, and they have taken a maximum of 15 points from their last five matches. That winning run has lifted the Gunners up to fourth in the division, and they are now looking to hold their ground, maintain their winning ways and make it through to the Champions League. Arsenal have 51 points on the board after 26 games played, which is eight points fewer than Chelsea in third, but the Blues have played two matches more. More importantly, The Gunners are one point ahead of Man Utd in fifth place but have three games in hand over the Red Devils, who are in Champions League action against Atletico Madrid.
Putting distance between themselves and the Red Devils is the most important goal of the season for Arsenal and their fans. They will be much more concerned with keeping United at arm’s length than they will trying to close the distance and overtake Chelsea into third. The one-point advantage over United is crucial at this stage but not as important as those three games in hand and their amazing recent form. If Arsenal can take at least four points from those three games, they will be in a fantastic position to kill off the challenge from below.
We last saw Arsenal in action on Sunday afternoon when beating Leicester City 2-0 at this venue. The Foxes haven’t been as good this season as they were in the previous campaign, but they are a well-drilled outfit and Arsenal were forced to work hard for the win. Partey scored the goals that day on 11 minutes, and Lacazette who found the net from the penalty spot on the hour mark to put the game to bed. It was an eye-catching performance, and a fantastic result for Arsenal and fans will want to see plenty more of the same.
Reds could go top
Liverpool have moved to within three points of Manchester City and could go top of the league with a midweek win thanks to a superior goal difference. The team from Anfield stuttered and stalled through the early exchanges of the season but really found their form in 2022 and have ramped up the pressure on a spluttering City. The Reds enjoy a long winning run that has propelled them back into the title race, and they now have a chance to make it count. Having done the hard work to breathe life back into the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s men don’t want to let it all slip through their fingers now it counts for something.
Liverpool have Man City on the ropes, but the champions will breathe a huge sigh of relief if their rivals slip up now. But there has been nothing from the challengers to suggest that is a danger to their season. They have taken maximum points from each of their last five games to move onto 66 points for the season. They trail Man City and their 69, but the Reds have scored 73 goals and conceded 20, which gives them a goal difference of plus 20 while the leaders are on plus 18. This is a huge opportunity for Liverpool.
Things are about to get interesting in the English Premier League, and when we remember the division look dead at Christmas with Man City expected to cross the line unopposed, credit must go to the challengers. They have been relentless, picking up points, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets. More of the same is expected here.
Arsenal v Liverpool prediction
This is a meeting of two teams in great form, and Arsenal will be encouraged by the home advantage, but Liverpool are unbeaten against the Gunners this season, and that could make all the difference. With both sides having plenty to play for, you won’t want to miss this match.
Premier League odds
The pre-match betting odds available at 22bet has Arsenal priced at 3.66 for the win, with Liverpool trading at 1.87 and the draw 4.08. You can also back Mo Salah to score first, both teams to score, the correct score, and there are more specials available.
Make sure to bet on Arsenal v Liverpool with 22Bet!