A cracking lunchtime clash between Arsenal and Liverpool is the feature of today’s footy action (12.45pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 2), and King Kenny’s men look a great bet at 2/1 to bag all three points.
The Reds may have only drawn 1-1 with Sunderland in their opening game of the season, but they come into this game with a full strength squad and face a club which is currently in turmoil.
Dalgleish is sure to have his men fired up to capitalise on Arsenal’s recent problems following the departure of their captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and fellow midfielder Samir Nasri closing in on a move to Premiership rivals Manchester City.
Fabregas had been continuously linked with a return to the Spanish giants for the past few years and the uncertainty over the player’s future has not helped with supporters growing understandably frustrated at the clubs transfer policy.
The club’s activity in the transfer market has also come under scrutiny with star forward Nasri looking to leave having only one year left on his contract, but it is the lack of incoming players that fans continue to be disappointed by with only Gervinho and youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joining the Gunners so far.
The match also sees the hosts play without new signing Gervinho who was controversially sent off in his debut against Newcastle, as well as Alex Song who also received a three match ban following a stamp on Joey Barton in the same match. Injuries to both Diaby and Wilshere also mean that Arsenal are looking very lightweight in midfield.
In stark contrast the Anfield mob virtually have a whole squad available with only Steven Gerrard (long term injury) and Glen Johnson unavailable.
The stats reveal that the last 8 encounters between the two sides have resulted in draws on six occasions.
However Liverpool will never have a better chance to beat Arsenal given all the current circumstances and have to be the bet at a top priced 2/1 with Victor Chandler.
Recommended bet: 10pts win Liverpool (2/1 Victor Chandler)
by Dave Metcalf