Emirates Stadium receives a big and important match between Liverpool and Arsenal, in the top matches of the 30th round of the English Premier League.
Liverpool is going through a phase of fluctuating results in the Premier League recently, and is seeking to stop it after the international suspension and victory over Arsenal, to approach the golden box, and its match with the London team is well prepared to face Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The Reds are ranked seventh in the Premier League with 46 points, five points behind Chelsea, who are fourth.
Date: Saturday, April 3 | Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Emirates Stadium — London, United Kingdom
TV: NBCSN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Arsenal +210; Draw +250; Liverpool +125 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Arsenal: The strides Arsenal’s defense have taken under Mikel Arteta are clear for anyone to see but recent weeks have seen a notable regression in their work at the back with familiar tendencies for individual errors rearing their heads in the Europa League and a 3-3 draw at West Ham where they needed to overcome a largely self-inflicted three goal deficit.
“One of [the areas that we need to improve] is related to the attention and focus that you need during the whole game,” said Arteta. “For example, the way we conceded the second goal against West Ham, where we turned our backs on a free-kick close to our box, is something that we cannot do. It just gives a goal to the opponent.
Liverpool: Whilst dropping Fabinho to the centre of defense felt the natural and logical response when Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered major injuries, recent games have shown the value of restoring the Brazilian to his natural role anchoring Liverpool’s midfield. Suddenly Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson can push higher up the pitch whilst Thiago looks far more like the player the Reds believed they were signing when free from tackling responsibilities.
Two teams that have such serious question marks at the back should offer chances to the others but one would suspect that it will be Liverpool who make the most of those opportunities. PICK: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2.