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Emirates’ floodgates to stay shut when Liverpool visit Arsenal

| 15.02.2014

Arsenal are in need of a tonic after Liverpool pummelled them in the Premier League and Manchester United frustrated them, but instead, just two games later they face off with the Reds again in the FA Cup fifth round.

This game presents a further headache for Arsene Wenger, who will be forced to take the game to his visitors, while ensuring Arsenal are at their defensive best to avoid any such repeat of what took place on Merseyside.

The last thing Wenger and Arsenal need with Bayern Munich on the horizon is a replay at Anfield.

Arsenal have been largely imperious at home though this season, beating Liverpool convincingly 2-0 at the Emirates in the league and it’s only right they are installed as the marginal 8/5 favourites to win it, with Liverpool 17/10 and the draw 5/2.

However, it’s such a tricky tie to pick a winner from that punters may wish to swerve the match odds all together in search of financial gains elsewhere.

The market best suited to offer dividends on this televised clash may well be the under 2.5 total goals which is deemed a 11/10-shot with Ladbrokes.

With Arsenal shutting-out Liverpool here in the league and looking at all costs to avoid any sniff of their defensive floodgates opening, it’s set up to be a nervy affair.

Taking the 5-1 as an anomaly, six of the last eight meetings between these historic rivals have gone south of the 2.5-line.

Arsenal were actually the last team to prevent the rampant Reds from finding the net and a 1-0 or 2-0 win for the hosts at 11/2 could be the bumper bet here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.