In what is the standout contest in this weekends fixtures, the only two sides enjoying a winning start to the new Premier League campaign will meet when Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday evening.
While Liverpool may have decided to stay quiet during the transfer window, Jurgen Klopp’s side have landed back-to-back wins over Southampton and Norwich and have their sights firmly set on claiming their first top-flight crown.
Undoubtedly set to face their toughest test at the start of the new season, Liverpool are not the only side who have laid down an early marker.
Opting to spend big this summer and breaking the £100million barrier, the Gunners have now won their opening two fixtures for the first time in nine years and the mood in North London continues to rise.
Despite Arsenal’s early-season resurge, they do have some unpleasant memories in their previous trips to Merseyside.
Hit with a 5-1 hammering when they made the trip to Anfield back in December, Unai Emery’s men have lost each of their last three matches away at the title contenders and have shipped three or more goals in each of those defeats. You will be interested to know a similar result can be found at 5/4 with Bet365.
Reds boosted by City’s slip up?
Already claiming their second piece of European silverware out in Istanbul last week, there is no doubt that Liverpool will be boosted by City dropping points at home to Tottenham last weekend.
After finishing one-point adrift of Pep Guardiola’s defending champions in the 2018/2019 campaign, the Reds’ back-to-back victories this season now finds them pencilled in at 5/2 with SkyBet to claim their first top-flight title.
One man who will be a key factor in any title charge on Merseyside will be the red-hot Sadio Mane.
Finding the net against Southampton last weekend, the Senegal international has three in his last two, including a brace against Chelsea in the Super Cup.
You will be interested to know that the former Saints winger can be found at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to extend his goalscoring run at the Anfield on Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, despite his calamitous error at St. Mary’s last weekend, summer arrival Adrian is expected to retain his temporary #1 status with Alisson still some way off recovering from his calf injury.
Arsenal’s new attacking trio shine
Securing victories in their opening two appearances for the first time since the 2009/2010 campaign, Arsenal are really starting to believe they can mount a top-four return this season.
Now placed at 10/11 with Bet365 to secure a Champions League return come May, they find themselves ahead of both Manchester United and Chelsea who are pencilled in at 1/1 and 5/2 respectively.
With three of Arsenal’s summer arrivals really catching the eye in their 2-1 victory over Burnley, Head Coach Unai Emery was quick to praise his latest stars and their immediate impact in North London.
“I want to speak about the team, but for the first match [at home] it was good. It’s good for David [Luiz], for Pepe, for Dani [Ceballos], who are another step ahead.”
While Liverpool may have one attacking talisman enjoying a bright start to the new campaign, Arsenal have their own forward who is spearheading their winning start.
Bagging 22 Premier League goals last season and claiming an equal stake of the Golden Boot with both Mane and Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to be forming quite the trio alongside £73million man Nicolas Pépé and Alexandre Lacazette.
Finding the net in back-to-back appearances, the Gabon international is pencilled in at 2/1 with SkyBet to make it three in three this weekend.