It may sound a little odd, but two of the English Premier League’s bottom teams will be meeting on Sun. Sept. 2nd at Anfield when Liverpool hosts Arsenal. These two former powerhouses have exactly one point between them after a total of four games and a possible 12 points.
Arsenal hasn’t even scored a goal yet, but they haven’t let one in either after a pair of 0-0 draws at home against Sunderland and away at Stoke City. Liverpool opened their season with an awful 3-0 loss at West Brom and then had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Manchester City after throwing the lead away on two occasions. The August transfer window is now over so these two teams will have to make do with the players they have from now until January when the window opens again.
This means Liverpool has lost striker Andy Carroll to West Ham for the year as he was loaned to the London club until next season. He could actually be gone for good since West Ham has the option of taking him permanently at the end of the current campaign. Of course, they’ll have to stay in the Premier League to have any hope of signing him. Midfielder Charlie Adam has also left Merseyside as he was sold to Stoke.
Liverpool signed midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea as well as Italian forward Fabio Borini and Turkish midfielder was brought in on loan from Real Madrid. The club’s last game took place on Thursday when they managed to draw Scottish club Hearts 1-1 at Anfield to progress to the group stages of the Europa League, despite goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s howler on the goal. Striker Luis Suarez saved the game from going into extra time when he levelled the score and won it on aggregate 2-1 with just two minutes to play.
Arsenal lost striker and last year’s Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie to Manchester United and hasn’t been able to find the back of the net yet. French international striker Olivier Giroud was brought in as a replacement as was German international Lukas Podolski. The club also signed Spanish winger Santi Cazorla, but lost Alex Song to Barcelona in the transfer window as well as striker Nicklas Bendtner, who was loaned to Italian champions Juventus.
Arsenal has obviously played well defensively so far with two clean sheets and Liverpool finds it difficult scoring goals. This could lead to a pretty low-scoring affair. Arsenal has had an excellent record at Anfield in the past several years as they haven’t lost a match there since way back in March of 2007. Liverpool has struggled at home over the past couple of seasons, especially when playing the league’s lower teams. However, Arsenal isn’t one of them. Liverpool should be prepared for a tough test here and they should get out of it with a draw.
Sportsbook BetVictor has the latest match odds at 23/20 for a Liverpool win and 12/5 for an Arsenal victory. A draw is presently at 23/10.