From this Friday, December 22, until January 4, the English Championship will have four rounds. The 40-match series will open with a classic. At Emirates Stadium in London, Arsenal host Liverpool. The duel is part of the schedule of the nineteenth day of the 2017/2018 edition of the Premier League, the last of the first round. It begins at 17:45 (Brasília time).
Arsenal’s recent performance
Thinking of the classic, Arsenal put a reserve team to face West Ham on Tuesday, December 19, through the quarter-finals of the League Cup of England. Also at home, managed to qualify for the semifinals by scoring 1 to 0. Of breaking, he has further extended his undefeated series to five games (three wins and two losses).
The Gunners’ reserve team has produced better results than the starter. In addition to the good campaign in the League Cup, the B team also secured the first place and anticipation of Arsenal for the European League knockout phase.
Even with an exclusive focus on the first half of the season in the English Championship, the starters were only able to put the team in fifth place. The Gunners had 33 points (ten wins, three draws and five losses).
The home campaign is superior. By beating Newcastle on Saturday, December 13, by 1-0, Arsenal reached their eighth win in nine Premier League games at the Emirates Statium. He is the third best entrant of the competition. He was only beaten in his dominions by Manchester United (3-1).
To face Liverpool, coach Arséne Wenger has practically all his athletes at his disposal. The only problem is with midfielder Aaron Ramsey (15 matches in the English Premier League, three goals). Absolute head of the team, he was out of the last three games due to the thigh injury. It is believed that he will not be released to perform on Friday, especially due to the intense schedule of matches in the sequence. However, being a classic, you can have your return early.
The current form of Liverpool
Eliminated early in the League Cup of England by losing to Leicester, Liverpool have won a longer time to prepare for the classic against Arsenal. His last match was for the eighteenth round of the English Championship. On Sunday, December 17, he thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 at home.
It achieved the mark of 12 matches without losing. There were eight wins and four draws counting all the tournaments in the period. In the English Championship, occupies the fourth position. He accumulated 34 points (nine wins, seven draws and two losses). Thus, the clash with Arsenal is not only important because of the rivalry between the teams and fans as it holds position on the leaderboard.
German Jurgen Klopp has a much higher number of injury problems than Wenger. There are five athletes in injury treatment. Defender Joel Matip (13 matches in English Premier League 2017/2018, one goal), Nathaniel Clyne (without performances) and Alberto Moreno (12 matches, no goal); midfielder Marko Grujic (three games, no goal); and striker Daniel Sturridge (nine games, two goals).
However, his concerns are not limited to these players. According to news reports from the English press, Liverpool would have accepted a proposal from Barcelona of approximately 150 million euros for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (11 matches, five goals). The player would also have closed the deal with the Spaniards. Thus, there is no certainty regarding its use, although the transfer can only be closed in January, when the window of inscriptions will be reopened.
History of the matches Arsenal vs Liverpool
Liverpool have not lost to Arsenal for five games. It was two draws followed by three wins. The most recent in the first round of the 2017/2018 Premier League season. On Anfield Road, he thrashed 4-0.
The two teams have quite different styles of acting, but a common problem. The defenses are leaked very easily. Both took 20 goals in the first 18 rounds of the English Championship. This indicates the possibility of many tries in the classic. By having a more efficient attack, Liverpool is the best option for tips with a price of 2.80 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.60 and success of the owners of the house pays 2.40 per invested real.