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22/12/2017 | 7:45 pm

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22/12/2017 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Top-four rivals Arsenal and Liverpool will lock horns in what should be a fascinating clash at the Emirates Stadium on December 22.

Last time: Liverpool recorded a 4-0 win over Arsenal when the pair met in the reverse match at Anfield on August 27. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge were all on the scoresheet for the dominant Reds.

This time: Arsenal are 6/4 to win it with the draw available at 14/5 and Liverpool 7/4.

You might remember: Liverpool recorded a 4-3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2016-17 campaign. Liverpool were 4-1 up just past the hour before the home side responded through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers to set up a grandstand finish in the capital.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Just one point and one place separate Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League table ahead of their clash at the Emirates Stadium. Indeed, the Gunners have collected 33 points from their 18 league matches to sit fifth, while fourth-placed Liverpool have 34 from the same number of fixtures. It is a massive game in the capital as both managers look to start their festive period with a win.

Arsenal are 6/4 to win it as they look to continue their excellent home form this season. The Gunners have won eight of their nine league games on home soil this term, with only Manchester United leaving the Emirates Stadium with all three points. That said, Arsene Wenger’s side have not actually beaten Liverpool at home in the Premier League since April 2015.

Liverpool are 7/4 to emerge victorious as they look to make it four straight Premier League wins over Arsenal. The Reds have enjoyed their recent meetings with the Gunners, and will enter the match full of confidence following a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. What’s more, Klopp’s side have triumphed in five of their nine away games in the league this season.

The draw is 14/5 and it is worth noting that the two teams have shared the points in three of their last seven meetings in the Premier League. The last draw at the Emirates Stadium occurred in August 2015, and with the pair extremely well matched entering Friday’s match, a draw might well be where the true value is.

Alexis Sanchez is 9/2 to be the first goalscorer on Friday night. It would be fair to say that the Chilean has been unsettled by the talk surrounding his future, but he is capable of lighting up the Emirates Stadium. The attacker can also be backed at 8/5 to score at any point during the 90 minutes.

Mohamed Salah scored his 20th goal of the season for Liverpool in their 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend. The Egypt international is 51/10 to be the first goalscorer against the Gunners, while the attacker is available at 13/8 to register at any stage of the match, which looks good value considering his recent form.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Liverpool-Draw in the double chance market can be backed at 8/13. Arsenal are the favourites on home soil, but the Gunners have had their problems in recent weeks. Liverpool, on the other hand, are scoring bundles of goals. That price is good value when considering Liverpool’s recent success in this fixture.

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We fancy:

The 1-1 draw can be backed at 7/1. Neither manager will want to lose a match of this magnitude, and it might well be a cagey affair. In truth, both teams would be happy with a point ahead of a busy festive break.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Correct score of 3-1 Liverpool at 20/1. Manchester United won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month, and there is no question that the Reds have what it takes to upset an inconsistent Arsenal on Friday night.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.