Despite picking up two 1-0 wins in two outings against Stoke and Bournemouth, Liverpool haven’t really found top gear so far. Nevertheless, the fact that his team have claimed maximum points will obviously encourage boss Brendan Rodgers, who knows that the Reds have more to offer and he should get a better idea of the level his new-look side is at as they travel to Arsenal next Monday.
Home advantage ensures the Gunners are Paddy Power’s 3/4 favourites with the Reds a 4/1 shot at BetVictor and Stan James post 3/1 against the mouth watering Emirates Stadium showdown finishing all square.
Arsenal’s mixed start to the campaign lends appeal to the latter and punters fancying the stalemate can take advantage of the generous odds of 15/2 posted by BetVictor against a 1-1 scoreline. Alternatively, Ladbrokes’s 15/4 about a score draw catches the eye and the two teams are 11/2 (bet365) to go in on level terms at the end of each half.
In terms of goals, it’s a safe-looking 4/6 at bet365 for both teams to get on the scoresheet and two players in particular stand out in terms of candidates to contribute to the match tally. Arsene Wenger’s charges looked significantly more dangerous with Alexis Sanchez back in the starting line-up at Crystal Palace and the Chilean tempts at 6/4 (Skybet) to find the net at any point.
At the other end meanwhile, Christian Benteke opened his Liverpool account against the Cherries on Monday and the powerful Belgian front man is 9/5 via Stan James to strike in North London.
Arsenal v Liverpool score draw – 15/4 (Ladbrokes)