There will be goals – but maybe not too many
It’s not always a goal-fest – only eight of their last 25 meetings have seen them cross the ‘Over 3.5 Goals’ barrier often used to differentiate a ‘goalfest’ from something more run of the mill. But by and large both teams managed to get on the scoresheet at least once in the fixture. Both teams to score is chalked up at 1/2 while under 2.5 goals is a 5/4 chance.
- There’s only been six clean sheets out of a possible 50
- That means both teams have scored in 19 of the last 25 meetings
It’s about time a defender scored
You’ve to go back nearly four and a half years and possibly consult Wikipedia to confirm the identity of the last defender to score on the scoresheet. It was Emiliano Insua (in the League Cup) - the Argentine and sometime Liverpool left back. Bet you weren’t expecting that.
Defenders have scored in the meantime, but none of them at the right end. Laurent Koscielny, Glenn Johnson and Pepe Reina (in particularly amusing fashion) have all been credited with an own goal since, but
- Before Insua’s goal, defenders scored roughly one in every 10 goals scored in this fixture
- 22 goals have been scored since that Insua goal
Now this may seem more than a little contrived coincidental but when Martin Skrtel scores - Paddy has paid the price. The Slovakian stopper with a liking for body paint has scored twice this season and is 33/1 chance to open the scoring against the Gunners.
Liverpool haven’t had much success lately
It’s all well and good looking at slightly obscure stats like how often defenders score in the fixture. But there’s one far more glaringly obvious stat staring us in the face, singing ’1-0 to the Arsenal’ at the top of its voice.
Liverpool (11/10) have a pretty awful recent record against Arsenal (12/5), particularly at home. Liverpool haven’t beaten Arsenal at Anfield since the Champions League 2007/08 quarter-finals. For the Reds’ last league win on their own patch, you’ve to go back another year to 2007.
- Liverpool have drawn three and lost three of their last six league games against Arsenal at Anfield
- The Reds have won just five of their last 25 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions