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Liverpool vs. Arsenal: Odds, Preview, Live Stream and TV Info

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Fabinho of Liverpool celebrates with his team mates after scoring a goal to make it 4-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on December 26, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool will be seeking to strengthen their position at the top of the Premier League on Saturday, when they welcome Arsenal to Anfield. 

The Reds have capitalised on some poor recent form from Manchester City and have a six-point lead at the top of the pile. Heading into this round of fixtures, it's Tottenham Hotspur that are their closest challengers, with Pep Guardiola's team a point further back.

Arsenal have lost their way a little in recent weeks following the end of a 22-game unbeaten run. They were below par in their 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday and will need to show a big improvement to get anything from this encounter.

These two have played out some classic Premier League fixtures down the years, and this has the potential to be another. Here are the odds for the match, as well as the viewing details and a preview of what's to come.

                   

Odds

Liverpool win (1-2)

Draw (333-100)

Arsenal (19-4)

Odds according to OddsShark.

           

Date: Saturday, December 29

Time: 5:30 p.m. (GMT), 12:30 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: BT Sport website (UK), NBC Sports App (U.S.)

               

Preview

Sevilla's Spanish head coach Unai Emery  (R) shakes hands with Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp after Sevilla won the  UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18,
FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images

The festive period could not have gone better for Jurgen Klopp and his team, as they have cemented their position as favourites for the Premier League title with some brilliant form. Their anticipated main rivals, defending champions City, have fallen away, with three defeats in their past four league games.

The Liverpool boss will view Saturday's fixture as an opportunity to put even more distance between them and the Manchester outfit, although with Spurs playing earlier in the day, there is a chance the gap will be cut to three points come kick-off at Anfield.

Still, Liverpool have dealt with every challenge that has come their way this term, with the most striking aspect of their play being their defensive solidity:

Liverpool FC @LFC

1⃣9⃣ games 1⃣2⃣ clean sheets 0⃣7⃣ goals conceded The Reds. 👊🔴 https://t.co/YUTpJ75LsI

Squawka Football put Liverpool's first half of the season into some context:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Only three teams have had 50+ points after 19 games of a Premier League season: 🔵 Chelsea (2005/06) 🔵 Manchester City (2017/18) 🔴 Liverpool (2018/19) Both of the previous two won the title. https://t.co/NqVh5oxSUU

While Arsenal tend to be one of the toughest tests in the top flight, it feels as though Liverpool are playing them at an ideal time.

The Gunners have only won once in their past four games domestically, with their latest outing the disappointing draw at Brighton. Arsenal lacked spark in their attacking play, struggled to take hold of the game in midfield and made basic errors at the back.

The team appear to be lacking an identity under manager Unai Emery:

JB™️ @gunnerpunner

I don’t understand Emery’s starting XIs. I don’t understand his substitutions. I don’t understand what he wants this team to look like. I don’t understand how he wants us to play with the ball. I’m not entirely sure the players do either.

Even so, if Arsenal are able to defend well, they have the firepower to secure a result, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continuing his red-hot form with the opener at Brighton.

It's rare a game goes by in the top flight when the division's top goalscorer doesn't make some sort of impact in the final third:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

30 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 30 goals in 32 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (23 goals, 7 assists). Flames.

Arsenal have endured some torrid times at Anfield in recent years, having been hammered 4-0 in this fixture last season after a miserable display. Unai Emery, who is a much more pragmatic coach than predecessor Arsene Wenger, will surely be conservative in his approach to this one.

Still, regardless of what Arsenal do, it's difficult to see them halting this Liverpool juggernaut, as the Reds are performing to such a consistently high standard. Anything other than a win for the league leaders would be a surprise.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Arsenal

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