After derby defeat, Arsenal eye upset win against in-form Liverpool (2020-07-15)
Arsenal will face newly crowned champions Liverpool in the matchday 36 of the English Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The home team will enter the match as underdogs after suffering a demoralising 2-1 defeat in their previous fixture against city rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Following that result, the Gunners are now placed on the ninth position of the league table with 50 points after 35 matches and their chances of cementing a spot in the Europa League are looking gloomier by the day.
On the other hand, the visitors will come in the match as firm favourites despite registering a frustrating 1-1 draw against Burnley in their previous match which ended their 100 percent home run in the campaign.
After that result, Liverpool will now have to win all of the remaining matches in order to record the highest number of points in a single league campaign.
The Reds have so far managed to register 93 points after 35 matches and need another eight to beat Manchester City’s 100 points record tally in a Premier League season.
Head to Head
In the previous meetings between the clubs, Liverpool have a slight edge over Arsenal with 89 wins compared to 78 defeats whereas 61 matches ended in a stalemate. However, in the recent past, the reigning European champions have asserted their superiority over the Gunners. The North London-based club have not secured a win against Liverpool in all competitions since April 2015 when they got the better of their opposition with a 4-1 margin while playing at home, courtesy goals from Héctor Bellerin, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud. In the match earlier in the campaign, it was the newly-crowned Premier League champions who came out on top with the score of 3-1, courtesy brace from Mohamed Salah and a goal from Joël Matip.
Players to watch out for
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is once again up in the air as Arsenal’s chances of playing in Europe next year have taken a serious hit after a disappointing result against Spurs. The Gabon internationalis undoubtedly the most valued member in the current Gunners’ squad where he is the second-leading scorer in the league with 20 strikes. In the match against city-rivals, Aubameyang came close to scoring for his team but smashed the woodwork in the second half and manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his star player can go one step further and produce the goods against the best defensive unit in the competition.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah has proved himself to be one of the pillars of Liverpool’s successful project under Jurgen Klopp. The Egypt international has been lethal in front of the goal after joining the Reds from Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma and is once again having an excellent season after having scored 19 times in just 31 matches in the league. Therefore, Arsenal manager Arteta will know that they have to find a way to stop Salah from scoring on Thursday if they are to produce a positive result and keep their hopes of playing in Europe next season alive.
Looking at both teams recent form and the recent past meetings, the prediction is for Liverpool to win with the score of 3-1.
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