Mar 4, 2017 09:00:21
With no shortage of attacking talent on display, our tipster expects the Gunners' Chilean forward to pose the greatest threat in an entertaining clash
After their 4-3 thriller on the opening day of the season, goalmouth action is unlikely to be in short supply when Liverpool and Arsenal go head-to-head at Anfield on Saturday.
Despite not starting in the Reds’ enthralling victory at the Emirates Stadium, striker Divock Origi is 9/2 (5.50) favourite with bet365 to open the scoring on Merseyside, and 5/4 (2.25) to score anytime.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s preference for a fluid front three is likely to see Roberto Firmino lead the line once again, with the Brazilian priced at 8/5 (3.60) to find the net for the first time in seven fixtures.
Having opened his account for the club in the reverse encounter, top scorer Sadio Mane can be backed at 8/5 (3.60) to add to his 11 league goals for the campaign, while Philippe Coutinho is available at 7/4 (2.75) after scoring two of his side’s four goals in August.
Meanwhile, there is no doubt which player the Liverpool defenders will most be fearing at the other end of the pitch, where Alexis Sanchez will be looking to upset a backline that has kept just one clean sheet in the last seven matches.
Joint top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals to his name, the Chile international offers strong value at 8/5 (3.60) to get on the scoresheet for the sixth time in seven league appearances.
Having broken the deadlock in the last meeting between the teams, Theo Walcott is also on offer at 8/5 (3.60) to see his name in lights once again in this one.
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud is also likely to strike fear into his opponents, considering a strong record in past encounters, with the Frenchman a 7/4 (2.75) shot to build on his five goals in seven matches against this opposition with a fourth in three visits to Anfield.
Although they may have to make do for a place on the bench, Lucas Perez 15/8 (2.88) and Danny Welbeck 21/10 (3.10) are also more than capable of making an impact for Arsene Wenger’s team in what promises to be an entertaining clash.