Liverpool v Arsenal: BT Sport match preview

Twenty five years on from their famous title decider at Anfield, Liverpool host Arsenal in a crucial game in the race for the Premier League title.
  • Arsenal's Santi Cazorla on the ball
    Last updated: 08 February 2014, 12:41 GMT

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    Anfield is the setting for this Saturday’s highly-anticipated Premier League clash between Liverpool and table-toppers Arsenal.

    It is 25 years since Arsenal’s famous 2-0 away win in this fixture secured them the 1st Division title and Arsene Wenger will be hoping his team can come away with a similar result this time around.

    His side are currently two points clear at the top of the league and after Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea on Monday, Wenger expects the title race to go to wire, just like the famous 1988-89 campaign.

    "It [the title race] is never as simple as everyone predicts it," Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. "I said a long time ago that nobody will be absolutely above [the others]. It will be down to consistency.”

    Liverpool's title challenge is also very much alive with Brendan Rodgers' side currently fourth, eight points behind their opponents on Saturday.  They could only draw 1-1 with strugglers West Brom in their most recent outing and Rodgers admitted that despite being happy with his team's progress, he was hoping for more.

    “It was a game that, of course, we wanted to win and a game that we're disappointed we didn't win. But overall, it's a point further away from our rivals…We're still in a good position,” he told the club’s official website.
     


    This fixture holds the record for the most hat-tricks in Premier League history with five.  Will that become six on Saturday?


    Much of the pre-match build up may centre on the famous fixture a quarter of a century ago but Rodgers’ side will be occupied by a more recent statistic. Liverpool are on a winless run of six games against Arsenal at Anfield and have surrendered the lead in five of those.   

    Arsenal are on a run of eight unbeaten league games and came through their last match comfortably, a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.  Alex Oxlade Chamberlain scored both goals from central midfield in his first Premier League start since August due to injury. If he plays in that position again on Saturday, he’s likely to face up to Steven Gerrard in his new deep lying role, a match up BT Sport fans will savour. 

    Another factor which bodes well for BT Sport subscribers is that this fixture holds the record for the most hat-tricks in Premier League history with five.  Will that be six on Saturday? 

    Liverpool v Arsenal - Key Stats:

    •         Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have played 11 Barclays Premier League games together this season and the only team to stop them both scoring is Arsenal.
    •         Santi Cazorla has scored in two of his three Barclays Premier League appearances against Liverpool.
    •         Arsenal v Liverpool has seen five hat-tricks scored; the most trebles of any fixture in Premier League history.
    •         Liverpool have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games against Arsenal            (W1 D7 L5) and none of the last six at Anfield (W0 D3 L3).
    •         Arsenal have trailed in five of the last six Premier League games against Liverpool at Anfield and come back to win two and draw three of those five where they fell behind.
    •         Arsenal have won six and lost none of their last seven Premier League games and netted exactly two goals in each of the last five.
    •         The Gunners were the last team to stop Liverpool from scoring in the Premier League (Nov 2nd  2013), with the Reds netting 41 goals in their 14 games since.
    •         There have been four 90th or later goals in the last five Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.
    •         Only Arsenal (6) have conceded fewer goals on home soil than Liverpool (8) this season in the Premier League.
    •         Wojciech Szczesny has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (11).
    •         If PL games ended at half-time, Liverpool would be top by one point. However, if PL games only included the second half, Liverpool would be 8th and 19 points off the top.

     

    Last updated: 08 February 2014, 12:41 GMT

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