On Sunday afternoon (4.30pm), the FA Cup takes priority for Arsenal and Liverpool, who will face off in this grand old competition just a few weeks after locking horns in the Premier League. That game didn’t produce a winner but can one of these top-tier giants upset the other now? This AFC vs LFC preview, with its betting tips, aims to find out.
For the hosts, this FA Cup game may be a welcome distraction from the cut and thrust of the Premier League. The Gunners have lost their way slightly of late. Following their 1-1 draw away at Anfield against Liverpool, which was far from a poor result, they huffed, puffed but ultimately failed to blow West Ham’s rather rigid house down. They came unstuck, losing by two goals to nil, while something similar can be said for their 2-1 defeat at Fulham last weekend. They will now be hoping that a cup win can give them a platform from which to build.
For Liverpool, it has been all smiles since that draw at Anfield a few days before Christmas. They returned from a Boxing-Day trip to Burnley with all three points, thanks to a 2-0 win, while they ran Newcastle ragged on Monday night, winning by two four goals to two in a game where they dominated and created an abundance of chances. That effort suggests that the Reds can go to North London and impress.
AFC lacking goals
Right now, one of the biggest problems for this Arsenal team is a lack of goals. They are not conceding too many and they are clearly not easy to get the better of, but they have been struggling to really hurt teams, which is a problem. In their last three games they have scored just two goals, while they have also scored just four in their last five league games.
On the plus side, they have been creating chances. Despite failing to score against West Ham, they did create chances, while much of the same can be said for their defeat at Fulham. They absolutely need to improve in terms of end-product in the final third, especially as they face a Liverpool side here that was in rampant form last time out.
Goals flowing for Liverpool
While the hosts have been rather tame in the final third of late, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have shifted through the gears in an offensive sense. They played with the scent of blood in their nostrils against Newcastle last time out, really going at it to score goals. They scored four and could have had several more. Away at Burnley prior to that, they once again looked very dangerous. The Red have now scored 12 goals in their last four games, which makes Arsenal’s total of four goals during the same period look underwhelming.
In general, the Reds have made light work of hurting teams away from home this season, scoring two or more in three of their last four travelling matches. They are also the third highest away scorers in the Premier League.
Wins few and far between for Arsenal in this fixture
The Gunners are now unbeaten in three games against Liverpool, but they’ve only won one of those, while wins against Liverpool have been something of a rarity in recent times. Sunday’s hosts have won just one of their last ten competitive games against Liverpool, five of which they have lost. When the teams last met at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won by three goals to two, but that was their first home win in five against the Reds. Sunday’s visitors have won three of their last four games away against Arsenal, scoring two or more goals in each of those four games.
Visitors Liverpool hard to oppose
In the betting with the top bookies, the hosts are strong favourites. That may have something to do with the fact that the visitors will be without Mo Salah, who has departed temporarily to feature for Egypt at the African Cup of Nations. However, LFC have several offensive players in hot form right now, with Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo all scoring in the last couple of games.
In contrast the hosts, AFC, are out of form offensively and right now they lack regular goal-getters. This is a problem for Mikel Arteta, so much so that the odds on the home win look a little unreasonable here. At odds of 13/8, ‘Liverpool Draw No Bet’ looks like a great option.
Let’s face it, Arsenal go into this match off the back of two poor games, in which they found it very tough to come up with the end-product. Liverpool have had no such problems of late and they arrive here off the back of a fine attacking display against a Newcastle side that can be very hard to face, as Arsenal found out earlier in the season. This cannot be ignored.
Not only are the visitors in better overall form right now, but it was they who had the better of that 1-1 draw just a few weeks ago. Having kicked on since, they could quite easily gain compensation for that disappointment here, and at generous-looking odds, with the insurance of money back if the teams once again finish level, they look a good bet to go one better and come out on top. So for the betting tips for this AFC vs LFC FA Cup match preview, we rely on this one:
Bradley Gibbs is an experienced football writer. He is an expert analyst on Premier League, and all global football leagues & tournaments, for Just Bookies. Bradley has been published by many respected outlets, including USA Betting and the Racing & Football Outlook. He has also written betting strategy guides.