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Difficult to separate new-look Liverpool and Arsenal this weekend

| 31.08.2012

Liverpool will welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Sunday, with either of the Premier League giants still in search of their first win of the season.

Both may be forced to wait beyond Sunday for their first victory of the campaign however, with a 1-1 draw appearing the standout bet in this fixture at 6/1.

Hosts Liverpool will enter the match in transition, as they come to terms with the new playing style implemented upon them by the recently-appointed Brendan Rodgers.

They were impressive in recording a 2-2 draw with Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, and in truth shaded the game slightly.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have yet to score this term, having drawn each of their opening games 0-0 as they aim to cope without the recently departed Robin Van Persie.

It should be noted though that the Gunners have never previously gone more than two opening league games without notching, and thus they look good to break their duck here.

That considered, the score draw seems an appealing prospect on Sunday, especially when taking into account the recent pattern of results emanating from encounters between these sides.

Seven of the last 13 meetings between the pair have ended level, and both teams found the net on each of the occasions they couldn’t be separated in these clashes.

With six of those seven stalemates ending with a 1-1 scoreline too, it is easy to make a case for another repeat of that outcome here, at a generous 6/1.

Further indicative that this appears a worthwhile bet is Liverpool’s record at Anfield last season, which included nine draws from 19 league games.

As two thirds of these stalemates came via a 1-1 scoreline, it seems likely it could occur again against a Gunners side that drew 11 times last term.

And punters should seriously consider such tempting odds regarding another 1-1 draw this Sunday.

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



John Klee