In the time that it took for UEFA to announce a decision, the race for European places in the English Premier League changed dramatically. Initially, the European governing body had handed Manchester City a 2-year ban, a decision that threw the battle for those cherished European spots wide open. The announcement by UEFA that the ban has been rescinded is sure to have caused a little bit of alarm in the teams looking to run down those 6 spots. Let’s take a closer look at how these teams arrive to this Liverpool Vs Arsenal affair, along with their Premier League odds.
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If Manchester United can win on Monday against Southampton, they will move up into 3rd and create what is sure to be an exciting race to the finish. Arsenal were in that race, but their last couple of results may finally have put an end to their hopes of European football next season, but they still need to win and hope for some help. They might just be getting Liverpool at the right time, as the champions have definitely taken their foot off the gas since clinching the title. Still, this should be a fun one to watch and wager on this Wednesday afternoon. Liverpool are in as a slight favorite on the road, with the goal total set at 3.
Why bet on Arsenal
It looked for a moment as though Arsenal were going to make a serious run at one of the European spots, but that now looks unlikely. The Gunners were slow out of the gate after the return of play, losing both of their opening games. They then went on a run where they won 4 in a row, which is where we all started to believe that they were hitting their stride at just the right time. Since them, though, they have managed just 1 point in their last 2 games, losing 2-1 to Tottenham over the weekend in their latest match. What that means is that they are now 5 points out of a European place with just 3 games left on the season. A loss here would essentially kill them off. At home this season, Arsenal is 8-6-3, scoring 31 and surrendering 21.
Why bet on Liverpool
There are some who thought that Liverpool would be going all out to rack up wins and score goals after clinching the title, but as we have seen over the last couple of weeks, it can be tough to get up for a game when the task for the season has already been completed. Their latest result, which came over the weekend, was a 1-1 tie with Burnley in a game that you would definitely have expected Liverpool to go out and win. That, as well as a couple of other results, proves that they are not the automatic bet that they were prior to winning the league. You just don’t know what you are going to get at this point. On the road this season, Liverpool are 13-2-2, scoring 29 and giving up 14.
General Match Info Liverpool F.C. Vs Arsenal F.C.
- When: Wednesday, July 15 at 3:15 PM EST
- Where: Emirates Stadium, London
- Liverpool Vs Arsenal Live: NBCSN
- EPL Odds: Liverpool wins -116 / Arsenal wins + 278 / Draw +275
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As far as winning this game goes, it’s a tough game to call, as we just don’t know what Liverpool side we are going to get. In the two other matches between these teams this season, though, we have seen 14 goals scored, so the OVER looks like a solid bet.
Pick: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 3