The EFL Cup is back in action this week with yet another exciting fixture as Arsenal return to Anfield to take on an in-form Liverpool side in a knock-out game that is set to see one of the English giants eliminated from the competition. Both teams have started the season well and will treat this match with caution.
For the second time in four days, Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday night with a place in the fifth round of the EFL Cup up for grabs.
Arsenal have had time to digest their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League and will get another crack at the whip when they return to Anfield.
The Premier League champions dominated the top-flight meeting between the two sides on Monday, eventually running out 3-1 winners after falling behind.
Reason for Liverpool vs. Arsenal predictions:
- Over 2.5 goals were scored in 10 of the last 12 meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal.
- Both teams registered in 11 of the last 12 encounters between Liverpool and the Gunners.
- Liverpool and Arsenal drew 5-5 when they faced off at this stage of the competition last year.
Liverpool hosted Arsenal at Anfield at this stage of the same competition last year, where a mix of upcoming stars and back-up squad members contested a pulsating 5-5 draw. That was the 10th time in 12 meetings between the clubs where over 2.5 goals were scored and the 11th time in a dozen encounters where both teams got in on the act.
Liverpool and Arsenal are two of the biggest clubs in England and have played an astonishing 230 matches against each other. Liverpool have a marginal historical advantage over the Gunners and have won 89 fixtures as opposed to Arsenal’s 80 victories.
Liverpool eased to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League this past weekend.
Arsenal looked way off the pace in their Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Monday, though the Gunners should be able to restore some pride against a makeshift Reds XI on Thursday.
With both Liverpool and Arsenal making exhaustive changes to their line-ups for the EFL Cup, this fixture is likely to present a very different spectacle from the one-sided affair that the Premier League witnessed over the weekend.
Our prediction: Over 2.5 Goals @ 5/6