Liverpool and Arsenal are each looking to stay in their current position in the Premier League table, but they both know that it will take a win in the upcoming match to keep the status quo.
Arsenal sit in first place in the league table with 55 points in 24 matches. However, Chelsea and Manchester City sit just two points back, with City looking at a favorable matchup against Norwich City.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been looking for a top-four spot all year and currently are in that position with 47 points. The problem is that Everton and Tottenham remain in the hunt and will gain ground with a loss by the Reds.
Both sides enter Saturday's match with a need to get points, and this intensity is certain to create an excellent matchup throughout. Here is a look at everything you need to know for this exciting battle.
Who will win?
When: Saturday, Feb. 8
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Time (U.S.): 7:45 a.m. ET
Time (U.K.): 12:45 p.m. GMT
Watch (U.S.): USA Network
Watch (U.K.): BBC One
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Odds (via SkyBet): Liverpool (11-10), Arsenal (9-4), Draw (5-2)
Top Storyline: Can Liverpool Gain Momentum with a Victory?
Liverpool had a strong first half of the season and should be happy with their standing at this point. However, things get even easier going forward as the toughest opponents now have to come to Anfield.
The Reds were forced to play Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton on the road early on, finishing with only four points in that stretch. When they come back home, Liverpool will be ready for them.
Arsenal are the leaders in the table and victory would be good for morale, give the whole squad an enormous injection and reduce the points difference at the top.
We didn't have success at the Emirates, so our objective now is to win and I believe we have that chance.
Based on their 10 wins and a draw in 12 home EPL matches, Liverpool should already have plenty of confidence at home. However, a victory here could prove that they can beat the best in the league and actually contend for a league title.
Prediction: Arsenal 2, Liverpool 2
Arsenal have dealt with a lack of depth in the midfield due to injuries and the suspension of Matheiu Flamini. While Mesut Ozil is still running the attack, the bigger problem will be the defensive midfielders.
Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely to pair together, which will give the Liverpool midfield some extra opportunities around the net. Once the ball gets up to Daniel Sturridge and Suarez, it will be almost impossible to prevent goals.
Opta Joe provides a look at how dominant this pair has been over the past year:
55 - Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez now have a combined 55 PL goals since Sturridge joined the club last January. Partnership.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 2, 2014
On the other side, Ozil has done a great job of creating chances for Olivier Giroud in the box, and he is certain to finish with at least one goal in this contest. With Arsenal's ability to take advantage of mistakes, you can expect a second mark on the scoresheet.
Both sides will be hoping for three points in this battle, but they will walk away satisfied with a 2-2 draw.
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