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Liverpool v Arsenal: Will the real Liverpool please stand up?

| 02.09.2012

Liverpool have enjoyed mixed fortunes in their opening league games, with a performance of equal defensive and attacking ineptitude against West Brom preceding altogether more pleasing draw with champions Man City.

Their opponents have made an altogether more consistent start to the season – registering consecutive goalless draws – and a further bloodless stalemate can be backed at 10/1.

However, it must be noted that no side has ever begun a Premier League campaign with three 0-0 deadlocks.

Recent clashes between the sides have been low on decisiveness, with the scorers troubled just twice in three of their last four meetings and its 5/6 that less than three goals will be notched once again on Sunday.

Gooners of the glass-half-full persuasion have been hailing the organisational influence of new assistant-manager and former Arsenal legend Steve Bould on the Arsenal defence, and the Emirates club are a juicy 9/2 to win to nil at Anfield.

Whilst it may seem fanciful that an out of sorts Arsenal can silence the Kop with a victory at 13/5, the North London outfit have won two of their last three league games in the Reds’ back yard.

Having conceded 40 goals in 38 league games last season, Liverpool have already shipped five in just two outings under new gaffer Brendan Rodgers.

Arsenal are 3/1 to win or draw with three or more goals scored in the match and given the creative impact Santi Cazorla has already had on Arsene Wenger’s side they are sure to begin converting their chances sooner or later.

Cazorla has already proved himself an iconoclastic presence in the Gunners squad, with his willingness to have a dig a refreshing change for a fan base who have long since grown weary of yelling “Hit It!” at the TV set.

The Spaniard has already unleashed 9 shots in is two league games so far and he’s 11/1 to offer travelling Gooners something to shout about by open the scoring against Liverpool.



Richard Anderson