Arsenal hosts Liverpool on July 15, 2020, in an intriguing Premier League matchup. The game will be shown live via NBC Sports Gold and Peacock at 3:15 pm EST.
The home team is looking to enter the Europa League and they find themselves four points behind Sheffield United for the final Europa League spot. Liverpool meanwhile, has already clinched the EPL title and have set several league records along the way. They are chasing more records, and are eyeing to break the points record of 100 points which was set by Manchester United in 2018.
Arsenal currently sits on 9th place in the English Premier League team standings. With three games left to play, the Gunners have a record of 12-14-9 with a total of 50 points earned this term. They are on the outside looking in on European competition and are four points behind Sheffield who holds the final Europa League spot.
The Gunners’ Europa League bid took a big hit after they suffered a 1-2 loss to Tottenham in the Northern London Derby. Arsenal got off to a quick 1-0 lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in the 16th minute. Tottenham managed to tie the count at 1-1 and the match seemed destined to a draw until Toby Alderweireld headed the game-winning goal in the 91st minute. Arsenal now has four wins, one draw, and two losses since the season restarted.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang leads Arsenal with a total of 20 goals scored this season. Alexandre Lacazette has found the back of the net eight times while Nicolas Pepe has netted five times this year. Pepe also leads the team with a total of six assists this term while Bukayo Saka and Lacazette have five and three assists each, respectively.
The Gunners have scored a total of 50 goals on the year which is 7th best in the Premier League. They are also 7th in scoring defense with a total of 42 goals conceded this term. Arsenal is 8th overall in assists with a total of 31 this season. The Gunners have the 6th best goal difference in England at +8.
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/14/2020
Liverpool is on top of the Premier League table with a record of 30-3-2 with a total of 93 points earned this year. The Reds are the new Premier League champions and although they have clinched the title already, they are still chasing more history. If Liverpool wins their last three games, they will break Manchester’s league-record 100 points earned in a single season which they set in 2018.
In their last assignment, the Reds finished with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Burnley. Andy Robertson scored in the 34th minute to give Liverpool the early 1-0 lead. However, Burnley struck back behind Jay Rodriguez in the 69th minute and the match ended in a tie. The draw snapped Liverpool’s 24-match winning streak at Anfield and it was the first time this season that they didn’t win a match after scoring first.
Mohamed Salah is the Reds’ top goal-scorer this season with a total of 19 goals scored. Sadio Mane has found the back of the net 16 times this year while Roberto Firmino has found the back of the net eight times. Trent Alexander-Arnold has 12 assists to lead Liverpool while also scoring three goals. Andy Robertson and Salah each have nine assists for the Reds.
Liverpool is the best defensive team in England with a total of 27 goals conceded this term. The Reds are also the second-best scoring team in the Premier League with a total of 76 scored this season. They are also the 2nd best passing team with a total of 62 assists this year. The Reds have a goal difference of +49 which is also #2 in overall.
These teams have played in a total of 228 head to head meetings and the Reds have the slight edge with a record of 88-61-78. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 last August 2019 and they also beat Arsenal 6-5 in penalties during the EFL Cup Round of 16.
The Gunners are the 8th best home team in England with a record of 8-6-3 and a total of 30 points earned from their home matches. On the other hand, the Reds are the best road club in the Premier League with a record of 13-2-2 and a total of 41 points earned from their away fixtures.
The Reds have the fewest goals allowed this season but their defending in their recent away matches has been terrible. Liverpool has allowed a total of eight goals in their last four away matches, which is two more than their total goals conceded before the suspension of the season. Arsenal is going to come out firing as they are in danger of missing European qualification for the first time in 14 years. However, the Reds have lost only two matches this season. I like Liverpool to win here.
Prediction: Liverpool (-117)
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/14/2020
Three out of the last four away matches played by Liverpool have seen a combined total of over 2.5 goals while three out of Arsenal’s last five league matches at home have seen a total of over 2.5 goals. Twelve out of the last 14 head to head meetings between these teams have produced a total of over 2.5 goals. Both teams have scored at least one goal in each of their last seven head to head meetings. These two sides have played each other twice this season and those two matches have yielded a total of 14 goals. I like these teams to play in another high-scoring match.
Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals (-112)