The opening game of the weekend sees a top of the table clash between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. The match is live on BT Sport and we have some free football betting tips for you.
The Gunners go into the game eight points clear of their hosts, but with mounting injury problems in midfield, Saturday's encounter is likely to be a serious examination of their title credentials. When the pair met earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger's men ran out 2-0 winners on the night thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla and the recently crocked Aaron Ramsey. Liverpool started that game strongly, but conceded a sloppy goal and never recovered. It was only the second time this season that The Reds had failed to score in a Premier League game.
Despite dropping points in a pedestrian performance away at West Brom last week, Brendon Rodger's team never really looked in trouble until a calamitous mistake from Kolo Toure let the The Baggies back in the game. This wasn't the first time Liverpool have been guilty of conceding a slack goal, and given the amount of times they attempt to play out from the back, it probably won't be the last. However, they really raised their game against Everton in the previous match and were unlucky not to score more than four goals, certainly no mean feat against the Premiership's third best defence. These facts combined with a lack of protection in front of the Arsenal back four, you can get decent odds on Liverpool to win with both teams to score. Snap this up at 3/1 with William Hill.
Second highest scorers at home this season, you would expect Liverpool to get on the scoresheet on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge has bagged strikes in his last six games and Luis Suarez is streets ahead in the race for the golden boot. As well as this, The Reds notch first 83% of the time at home, so would take a brave person to bet against the two to open the scoring. Although Sturridge is in slightly better form, his Uruguayan counterpart has a penchant for scoring multiple times in games and given the summer history between himself and The Gunners, I would suggest backing him with Betfred's 'Double Delight, Hat-trick Heaven' offer at 3/1.
Thinking outside the box somewhat, if Arsenal are to pick up a positive result at Anfield, then it will be no doubt down to keeping the SAS quiet. At the back this season, the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertersacker has been formidable, so it's not out of the question that they could continue in this vein at the weekend. Against two forwards that rely on quick feet and movement, the attention will probably centre more around the performance of the Frenchman rather than his German colleague. With this in mind, back Koscielny to pick up the man of the match award with Betfred at a very generous 20/1. If you can't see past a prolific Luis Suarez though, that is available at 4/1 as well.
Liverpool v Arsenal Betting Tips an Predictions
Liverpool to Win and Both Teams to Score – Bet Here at 3/1 with William Hill
Luis Suarez to Score First – Bet Here at 3/1 with BetFred
Laurent Koscielny to Be Named Man Of The Match – Bet Here at 20/1 with BetFred
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