The FA Cup third round pits Arsenal against Liverpool for the second time in a fortnight, with the Gunners 20/21 favourites to improve on their 1-1 draw at Anfield with victory at the Emirates.
However, Liverpool come into this clash top of the Premier League and it feels like there must be some value to be had in and around the 9/4 odds on an away win.
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Sides going in different directions since pre-Christmas clash
Arsenal had the better of the opening 45 minutes when they visited Anfield on the 23rd of December, before Liverpool picked up the baton to have the better of the second half.
Both sides’ performances seem to have carried on in the same directions following that 1-1 draw. The Gunners have lost twice in a row, with a first home defeat of the season to West Ham followed by a 2-1 loss at Fulham. Liverpool meanwhile have won 2-0 at Burnley and 4-2 vs Newcastle.
Arsenal are no kind of bet at 10/11 to win the match given their evident lack of spark since the trip to Merseyside. They must be taken on in this FA Cup third round clash.
Liverpool are in the better form and, perhaps more importantly given the time of year, have a good deal more squad depth than the Gunners – particularly in midfield and in terms of forwards who carry a genuine goal threat.
At 29/20 with the draw no bet concession, the visitors are well worth a bet here having lost just once to Arsenal in the clubs’ last 11 clashes over the past four seasons.
Klopp’s men to have the better of the second act again
Arsenal have faded after the break in each of the two defeats that precede this Sunday teatime test, which is far from ideal against the best second-half side in the Premier League.
Liverpool have won 14 of their 20 second halves in top-flight action this term, bagging an EPL-high 26 times after the interval and conceding an EPL-low seven goals after the break.
Anfield evidence suggests Liverpool can find the net more than once
Liverpool had struck at least twice in four successive meetings with the Gunners going into the side’s pre-Christmas meeting and really should have extended that record – Trent Alexander really should have put them 2-1 up when hitting the crossbar late on.
The Gunners have conceded twice in their last two matches going into this FA Cup clash and their visitors have netted twice in their last three Premier League away games.