Stats predict goals galore when Arsenal visit Anfield
Arsenal travel to Liverpool in the stand-out game this weekend and ausinformer.com has scoured the recent history books to find that a high-scoring affair is on the cards.
Liverpool playing Arsenal has long been an appealing fixture, with both teams usually vying to fulfil similar aspirations in the Premier League, but what can we expect from this weekend’s early-season encounter?
Goals are on the up
The Gunners trip to Anfield in the 1998/99 campaign produced the only goalless game in over two decades, featuring Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler who actually has the best fixture record of former players in the fixture, with nine goals in 13 matches, totalling an average of 0.7 goals-per-game.
Since then, the goal trend between the two sides at Anfield has been steadily increasing, with a mouth-watering 20 goals coming from the last four matches alone and Reds forward Roberto Firmino scoring three in the last two Arsenal visits.
Interestingly, in the first 11 years and 22 meetings no more than four goals were ever scored in a single match, compared with four of their last eight meetings which have seen five or more stuck in the back of the net. In fact, there has been an average of four Premier League goals-per-game when Liverpool have hosted Arsene Wenger’s side since 2008, including a 4-4 thriller, 5-1 demolition and another six-goal spectacle in 2015/16. It seems that bookmakers aren’t aware of these stats, as Unibet is offering odds of 19/10 (2.90) that the game will have more than 3.75 goals.
But it doesn’t stop there, because the goal scoring trend of this fixture is not exclusive to the Premier League. The sides have had three cup clashes over the last 20 years, all coming in the 2007/08 season in the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League. The trio of games produced a staggering 19 goals across 3-1, 3-6 and 4-2 score lines, respectively.
Clean sheets unlikely
After having played just two Premier League games in the current campaign, both sides have recorded four goals each, with seven different players finding the net between the clubs and the Reds’ Sadio Mane boasts a 100% scoring record this season.
But if this isn’t enough of a reason to expect all the goals, Liverpool and Arsenal have also let in seven goals between them, indicating that they could be as likely to score as they are to concede.
Ripe ingredients for a proper goal-fest this weekend.