Just when you think you know how the English Premier League is going to play out, something happens that makes you question everything. The first thing that upset the apple cart was Manchester City seeing their appeal of a 2-year UEFA ban overturned. What that means is that they will be back in the Champions League next season. That’s a bit of a problem for the teams sitting below them, as the battle for those remaining European spots is now tighter than ever. Besides that decision, there have been some rather strange results that have caused that chasing pack to begin to bunch together. These final few games are going to be incredibly important, as we all know how big a deal it is to get into the Champions League. Liverpool have, of course, already punched their ticket after winning the EPL. Arsenal, though, look as though their hopes of getting into the Europa League is gone. The meetings between these two are usually very entertaining, so this is a game still worth tuning into. Liverpool are favored by ½, with the goal total set at 3.
When: Wednesday, July 15 at 3:15 PM EST
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
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Why bet on Arsenal
It has been an up and down return to play for Arsenal, to the point where you don’t really know what you are going to get from this team on any given sat. The returned form the lockdown and lost their opening 2 games before going on a run that saw them win 4 in a row, a run that got them back in the conversation for a European spot. Since then, though, they have picked up just 1 point in their last 2 games and have seen their hopes of a Europa League place now seem to be over. Technically, with 3 games to play and 5 points to make up, they could still get in, but they would need an awful lot of help. At home this season, Arsenal is 8-6-3, scoring 31 and surrendering 21.
Why bet on Liverpool
The expectation is that professional football players will come out and give their all in every single game. That is a little tougher to do when there is nothing to play for. Liverpool have already clinched the title with plenty of time to spare, and they now look like a team simply going through the motions to get to the end of the season. Their latest result was a 1-1 tie with Burnley, a team you would fully expect them to beat under ordinary circumstances. Liverpool have blown hot and cold since clinching the title, to the point that they are far from the automatic bet they were for most of the season. At home, Liverpool is 13-2-2, scoring 29 and giving up 14.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given how things have gone over the last couple of weeks with these teams, this is a tough game to predict. What we have seen this season when these two teams meet is goals, with a total of 14 scored in their 2 meetings, including a 5-5 tie in the Carabao Cup. With that in mind, I am taking the OVER in this game.
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 3