In the biggest match of Matchday 3 in the English Premier League, Liverpool will welcome old rivals Arsenal to Anfield. With no love lost between the sides, this encounter is sure to keep us all entertained.
Both teams started the season with back-to-back wins – albeit in contrasting manner. Liverpool were pushed to the limit in their season opener before summoning their best game in the second. Arsenal continued their re-build under Mikel Arteta and will look to continue their mini winning run against Liverpool.
Liverpool lost to Arsenal via penalties in the Community Shield. Although it was just a curtain raiser for the season, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be gunning for revenge. Moreover, they have won their last four Premier League home matches against Arsenal. They haven’t won more since winning seven in a row between 1981-88.
Anfield is a fortress for Liverpool, who have gone unbeaten in 60 Premier League home matches, winning 49 and drawing 11. After last week’s win over Chelsea, the Reds will hope for more points against a top rival. Captain Jordan Henderson is set to miss the match, so keep him out of your fantasy picks.
Not just the Community Shield, Arsenal have won 2-1 when these sides last met in the Premier League. Incidentally, that was Arsenal’s first win over Liverpool in ten league games, drawing four and losing five. The ‘Gunners’ are looking for their first back-to-back wins over Liverpool since September 2012.
Arteta has changed a lot of dynamics in the side and that augurs well for Arsenal. After winning the FA Cup last season and the Community Shield this year, Arsenal look a stronger side. However, they have never won three opening games of a Premier League season since the 2004-05 season.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Roberto Firmino enjoys playing against Arsenal and comes to life against the Gunners. He has eight goals against Arsenal in his last nine league matches.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a goal against Liverpool in the Community Shield. Additionally, he has scored against Fulham already this season.
Eddie Nketiah has scored two goals for Arsenal already. The winning goal against West Ham in the Premier League was followed by a winner against Leicester City in the midweek EFL Cup clash.
Liverpool: 1 Alisson (GK) 2 Trent Alexander-Arnold 3 Joe Gomez 4 Virgil van Dijk 5 Andrew Robertson 6 Thiago Alcantara 7 Fabinho 8 Wijnaldum 9 Mo Salah 10 Firmino 11 Sadio Mane
Arsenal: 1 Bernd Leno 2 David Luiz 3 Gabriel Magalhaes 4 Kieran Tierney 5 Hector Bellerin 6 Granit Xhaka 7 Dani Ceballos 8 Bukayo Saka 9 Willian 10 Alexander Lacazette 11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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