Arsenal vs. Liverpool Betting Preview — Reds begin season as underdogs

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Ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, we take a look at some of the odds for the Emirates showdown.

After what has felt like a long wait, the Premier League returns to our screens this weekend, in what could be a magnificent season of unpredictability and drama.

Liverpool’s trip to north London looks like the standout fixture of the weekend, with an early opportunity for Jurgen Klopp‘s side to deal Arsenal a psychological blow.

In truth, it is a match that really could go either way, and the odds on our chosen football betting site reflect that.

Three points for the Reds?

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 6, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the third goal against Barcelona during the International Champions Cup match at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Given their home advantage, it is no surprise to see the Gunners as favourites to pick up all three points on their own turf.

That is despite some rotten luck with injuries, with centre-backs Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel all missing, and youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding potentially starting.

Arsenal are 6/5 to win, although Liverpool at 2/1 does not look a bad bet at all, considering the hosts’ aforementioned injury woes.

Klopp’s men looked superb in the 4-0 win over Barcelona last Saturday, albeit in a friendly, and their relentless run of pre-season matches means their fitness levels should be superior to their opponents.

The draw is 23/10, which both managers would arguably settle for.

Mane to net on his debut?

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day ten of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There wasn’t universal positivity from Liverpool supporters when Sadio Mane made his £30million move from Southampton earlier in the summer, but he is winning new admirers by the game.

The 24-year-old has looked very impressive during pre-season, and was exceptional in the drubbing of Barcelona, scoring the opener and wreaking havoc all evening.

Mane will be raring to go on his competitive Reds debut on Sunday, and he is 15/2 to open the scoring at the Emirates.

That looks a solid bet, given his end product in the final third – he scored an impressive 25 goals in 75 appearances for Southampton.

Both Daniel Sturridge (5/1) and Divock Origi (11/2) may not start, so backing them is not necessarily worth your while.

Olivier Giroud has a good record against Liverpool over the years, scoring five times, and the Frenchman is the 9/2 favourite to score first.

Alexis Sanchez almost joined the Reds instead of the Gunners back in 2014, and the Chilean is 5/1 to further rub salt into Reds wounds.

Another former Liverpool target, Granit Xhaka, is 14/1 to open the scoring on his Arsenal bow, although considering his deep-lying midfield role, that looks an ambitious bet.

Other bets

MAINZ, GERMANY - Sunday, August 7, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp applauds the FSV Mainz 05 supporters after the pre-season friendly match at the Opel Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the home side looking fragile at the heart of their defence, and Liverpool also missing Mamadou Sakho and Joel Matip, the match is likely to be full of chances.

Neither side is exactly going to have the defensive solidity of AC Milan in the 1990s, and it would be a surprise if there weren’t goals in the game.

Therefore, backing both teams to score at 7/10 looks a safe bet. If you’re feeling bold, betting on over 2.5 goals, at 4/5, looks good value as well.

Should you be looking for a slightly random bet, Adam Lallana to score, Liverpool to win and both teams to score is 12/1.

There have been worse bets, and Lallana looked in excellent form against Barcelona. He is pushing hard for a start on Sunday.

Prediction

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger and Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As is the case with the entire Premier League this season, there is a feeling that anything could happen at the Emirates on Sunday.

Both sides will have new players in their team, and there could be that early-season rustiness that can often affect teams in August.

There will be goals, and with the match ebbing and flowing throughout, Liverpool will return home with a point.

2-2.

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