The Carling Cup winners will receive a great reception for this game and confidence will be as high as it has been all season at Anfield but Arsenal arrive off the back of a great result too, they beat local rivals Spurs 5-2 last weekend (having been 2-0 down) and we should see an entertaining game and one in which Liverpool look very unlikely to lose.
Liverpool are still unbeaten at home in the Premiership this season, the record at Anfield reads played twelve, won four, drawn eight and lost none, the only other unbeaten at home team this season are league leaders Man City. Confidence should therefore be pretty high for avoiding defeat at the very least in this match and the bookies make Liverpool the favourites to win at current odds of 21/20 at the time of writing. The next most likely result according to the odds compilers here is the draw (the most likely result according to Liverpool’s results this season at Anfield) and that is 12/5 whilst an away win is as big as 3/1 but that price may be slightly shorter come kick off time.
Previous fixtures between these sides at Anfield haven’t been the kindest to Liverpool, the last league win was back in 2007 and since then there have been three Premiership draws and one away win. That again points to the draw, like Liverpool’s home form this season, so the 12/5 is looking a decent bet currently and good compensation should Liverpool drop two points in this match. Two of those games finished 1-1 and that would be the most likely correct score at 6/1 whilst 0-0 looks a bit overpriced at odds of 11/1 with some bookies. There have been some very high scoring games in recent history though, in 2009 the score was 4-4, the year before in the Champions League Liverpool won 4-2 and in the Carling Cup in 2007 Arsenal won this match 6-3! Those outcomes are 300/1, 66/1 and 500/1 respectively for anyone who fancies a similar scoreline this season.
Luis Suarez was unable to find the back of the net at Wembley last week but he is as likely as Robin Van Persie to open the scoring in this match according to the bookies. Both players are 5/1 to score the first goal of the match and both players can be backed at 11/8 to register a goal at anytime. Andy Carroll is the third favourite with the bookies at 6/1 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime whilst there could be a nice bit of value with last season’s top scorer Dirk Kuyt, who scored for Liverpool in extra time on Sunday. Kuyt often plays his best games in this sort of big match and he is 9/1 to score first/last (the latter may appeal more) and an overpriced 10/3 to score at anytime against Arsenal, who will only be four points in front of Liverpool if this match is a home win.
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