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Arsenal v Liverpool betting tips: Reds favourites to reach final

| 18.01.2022

Arsenal v Liverpool betting tips and odds

A clash with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final is up for grabs on Thursday night when Arsenal and Liverpool meet at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners successfully appealed to the Premier League to have Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham called off in the absence of a number of players because of injury, suspension, coronavirus or the Africa Cup of Nations, but it is thought the second leg will go ahead as scheduled.

The first leg at Anfield ended goalless, but with uncertainty surrounding the availability of players to Mikel Arteta, the Reds are 21/20 favourites to get the job done inside 90 minutes as we look at some of the other markets in our Arsenal v Liverpool betting tips.

Arsenal v Liverpool form

The Reds established themselves as Manchester City’s main title rivals with Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Brentford, but realistically the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup represent their best chance of silverware this season.

However, Liverpool will need to improve in front of goal having had just one shot on target from 17 attempts in the first leg despite playing against 10 men for 71 minutes following Granit Xhaka’s red card.

The 0-0 draw came without both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, so the onus on scoring goals will fall on the shoulders of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won seven of their last 10 Premier League games and their only defeat in any competition in more than two months came at Leicester in the last game of the year.

Four of their last five matches have involved at least three goals and they can be backed at 6/4 or 21/20 to win by over 1.5 or 2.5 goals respectively.

Incredibly, the Merseysiders have only twice failed to score at least two goals in their 16 away games this season and are 19/20 to extend that run, although the influence of key players should not be underestimated.

After the semi-final’s first leg, Klopp said: “There isn’t one team who wouldn’t miss Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.”

Both teams to score is priced at 8/13 but the last four encounters between these teams have involved at least one team not scoring which is available at 23/20.

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Arsenal’s four-match winning run in the Premier League was ended by Manchester City on New Year’s Day when the Gunners were the better team until they had Gabriel sent off just before the hour mark.

The Gunners, though, have struggled against the traditional top six this season, losing five of their six games in the top flight and failing to score in three of those defeats, so we go 27/10 on Liverpool winning to nil.

Arsenal v Liverpool head to head

Arsenal have failed to score against Liverpool in the last four meetings, losing 4-0 when they faced the Merseysiders at Anfield where Salah and Mane were both on target.

Indeed, the Gunners have only beaten Liverpool once inside 90 minutes in 17 attempts across all competitions so odds of 12/5 on a home win do not appeal bearing in mind they were unable to raise a team on Sunday.

However, they showed their resilience a week ago as an organised 5-3-1 formation kept Liverpool at bay despite being a man down.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal

Mikel Arteta said: “It was about the fight, the spirit and commitment and quality to play the game. When you come to a stadium like this you have to pick players who are happy to go to war because you are going to have to fight, you are going to have difficult moments to suffer.

“You are willing to accept that you are not going to play the game you want. When you play with that spirit and fight and brotherhood around the team you get rewarded and I think that is what happened.”

The Gunners may have to show similar fighting spirit on Thursday and we go 12/5 on another draw, while another 0-0 is priced at 10/1 in our Arsenal v Liverpool betting tips.

The last three League Cup meetings between these sides have ended all square after 90 minutes and the last two have been goalless.

Liverpool to win in extra time is 12/1 and Arsenal are 11/1, while both teams are 11/1 to win on penalties.

Key Battles

Arteta had several key players missing for the first leg and Xhaka will serve a one-match ban for denying Jota a goalscoring opportunity.

Arsenal’s midfield was already looking threadbare before Xhaka was dismissed and with only Albert Sambi Lokonga seemingly available to play in that position, Arteta has some juggling to do.

There have reportedly been no new additional Covid cases in the last three days at least and a couple of players are now likely to be fit following short-term injury problems.

Fabinho could play a key role for Liverpool in the heart of midfield and possibly in attack having scored the opener against Brentford on Sunday.

Arsenal v Liverpool team news

Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares are all doubtful for Arsenal, although a couple of them could make it, and it remains to be seen whether Martin Odegaard has recovered from coronavirus or gets a negative test.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with heart lesions following a Covid episode and is out, while Sead Kolasinac has joined Marseille on a permanent deal.

Reds striker Divock Origi is back in training following a knee injury but is unlikely to start, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up an ankle injury at the weekend so Minamino is likely to play up front with Jota and Firmino.

Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are likely starters in midfield alongside either James Milner or Curtis Jones.

Goalscorer Odds

Jota has scored three goals in as many games against Arsenal and is the 9/2 co-favourite with Firmino to break the deadlock, with both forwards 7/4 to score any time in our Arsenal v Liverpool betting tips.

Minamino scored at the weekend as he did as a sub in this season’s 4-0 victory against the north Londoners and the Japanese attacker can be backed at 6/1 and 23/10 in the two markets.

Fabinho is 12/1 to bag the game’s first goal as he did against Brentford and 9/2 to find the net.

Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli are all 13/2 to strike first from the Arsenal contingent, although it’s worth checking the line-ups an hour before kick-off before getting involved with Gunners players.

Match Info

Where: Emirates Stadium

When: 19:45, Thursday 20th January

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner