Kick-off: 1930, 30/10/2019
TV: Sky Sports Football
Liverpool’s busy schedule continues when they host Premier League rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The Anfield tie is the second of three testing games in seven days for the Reds, sandwiched between the Premier League visit of Tottenham and a trip to Aston Villa.
Both teams are competing in Europe but there is more of a sense that this is a distraction Jurgen Klopp could do without, so the value looks to be with an away win at 7/2 as our opening Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Klopp altered his entire starting line-up for the trip to MK Dons in the last round and team selection will obviously have a major bearing on this game.
The standard of the opposition may limit Klopp’s willingness to rotate the team but with Liverpool leading the way at the top of the Premier League and fans desperate for an end to their title drought, it would be a surprise if any of the star names were risked.
Harvey Elliott became the youngest player to start a competitive match for the club in the 2-0 win at MK Dons, in which James Milner put the Reds in front before young defender Ki-Jana Hoever netted his first goal for the club.
Klopp admitted his team had “a lack of experience and a lack of rhythm” against League One opponents, which was understandable with the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all missing.
Squad rotation could mean a scrappy game is in store here, so under 2.5 goals at 29/20 is added to our Liverpool vs Arsenal betting tips.
Liverpool’s third-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will continue his run in this competition, while teenager Elliott will also be in the squad.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal boss Unai Emery also opted to rotate his entire starting XI against EFL opposition in the last round.
The match against Nottingham Forest came little more than 48 hours after a battling 10-man Premier League win over Aston Villa, so the changes were inevitable but the Gunners still cruised to a 5-0 win.
Gabriel Martinelli, making his first start following a summer move from Brazilian club Ituano, claimed the first-half opener before completing the scoring in stoppage time.
Fit-again defender Rob Holding headed home the first of four goals in the final 19 minutes, with Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson also on target for the rampant hosts.
This could be a meeting of two youthful sides again, with the option to bring more established stars off the bench late on if required.
With that in mind, we’ll take 19/20 in the Liverpool vs Arsenal odds for the most goals to be scored in the second half.
Under-fire Arsenal skipper Granit Xhaka will not travel to Anfield, with Calum Chambers, David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also staying at home.
LIVERPOOL 2-1 Tottenham – Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah (pen)
ARSENAL 2-2 Crystal Palace – Sokratis, David Luiz
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