The Gunners will take on the Liverpool side this Sunday, 14th August 2016 in their first home game of Premier League 2016-17 season. The game will kick off at 4pm UK time and 8.30 PM Indian time. Skysports will broadcast this game in the UK while Star Sports will telecast in India. The most Interesting fixture in the first week of the Premier league is this Liverpool and Arsenal clash and it has always been a fierce battle and many times a close encounter. Below is Arsenal vs Liverpool predictions & preview for Sunday’s game.
Both Klopp and Wenger would be tactically deciding their troops in this opening week fixture. Liverpool’s Team Morale seems high after the 4-0 Barcelona win and both the managers would be eyeing for an opening victory to start off the season in some style. However, Liverpool’s pre-season has been less consistent, with disappointing losses to Roma, Chelsea, and Mainz whereas Arsenal holds an impressive record in the friendlies scoring 17 goals in their last 9 games.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Match Details
Venue : Emirates Stadium, London
Kick off: 16:00 BST/20:30 IST
Date: 14 August 2016
Broadcasters: Skysports (Uk) & Star Sports (India)
Arsenal vs Liverpool Match Preview
Daniel Sturridge the English Striker to miss out this game due to injury, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane the new summer signing will set a Pacey Midfield when it comes to Counter-attacking the opposition.
Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez are out of injury, whereas the newly signed Goal Keeper Loris Karius has broken his hand. Milner’s Work rate seems excellent both attacking and defensively and Coutinho or Lallana would turn out to be the playmaker along with Henderson.
Granit Xhaka is the third most expensive signing in Arsenal’s history at £35million. The Swiss International Captain was brought from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer and would probably start the game for the gunners. Aaron Ramsey is likely to take Mesut Ozil’s place in the Midfield, the German playmaker only returned from his post-Euro 2016 break.
While questions for Arsenal in the defense as Gabriel is out for six weeks. Per Mertesacker may not feature until 2017. Laurent Koscielny only recently returned to training. Looks like Koscielny could miss the starting XI and Wenger could certainly go for Calum Chambers or Rob Holding in Defense.
Head to Head
Both Arsenal and Liverpool has huge victories in their last 5 clashes with each other. Arsenal has beaten Liverpool 4-1 in their home game on 08.04.2015 on the other hand Liverpool defeated the Gunners 5-1 at Anfield on 08.02.2014. The rest three clashes were a draw. This clash would surely decide which team is better in Head to Head clashes.
Probable Team Lineups
Arsenal XI (4-3-3)
Cech; Bellerin, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Iwobi; Sanchez
Liverpool XI (4-3-3)
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Lallana, Can, Henderson; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho
Liverpool vs Arsenal Predictions
Liverpool would likely to show a Dominating game to the gunners in their home However Chamberlain, Ramsey, and Xhaka could put an attacking GamePlay all together they surely will look a worrying Defense line with the lack of experience defenders like Mertesacker and Gabriel.
Liverpool Defensive combination of Clyne, Lovren and Matip looks Firm and Milner to Outplay the Defensive midfield role. Sadio Mane and Coutinho will be a real threat for the Gunners. and Firmino and Henderson could hold the midfield Gameplay along with James Milner
My prediction for this game is a 3-1 Liverpool win. Mane,Firmino and Coutinho to score and Ramsey to score the single goal for Gunners