Two of the Premier League’s form teams meet in the Premier League early kick-off on Saturday, as Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are ranked first in the Premier League form table having won their last six games in the top-flight. The run of good form has moved the Gunners up to third-place in the table and they are now just one point behind second-place Manchester City and six points clear of the fifth-place visitors.
The side from north London have won the last eight games at the Emirates Stadium and have been winning at both half and fulltime in seven of their last eight home games. The Gunners home form is indeed impressive, as they have suffered just one defeat in their 18 top-flight games on home soil.
The home side also have a decent scoring record against the men from Merseyside, having scored two or more goals against the Reds in six out of their last seven meetings with the Merseysider’s in all competitions.
Wenger’s side have also been very solid defensively at home in their last five Premier League games, conceding just one goal and keeping four clean sheets.
Prior to the international break Arsene Wenger’s side claimed a 2-1 victory at midtable Newcastle, courtesy of a first half brace from in-form French striker Olivier Giroud.
Liverpool arrives in north London knowing that they are in desperate need of maximum points. The Reds were in-form until they suffered a crucial 2-1 home defeat to arch-rivals Manchester United last time out, having won their previous five top-flight games. The defeat left them trailing the Red Devils by six points and the Gunners by seven in the table.
However, away from home Liverpool are on a very good run, having kept a club-record six consecutive clean sheets and having won five out of their last six games on their travels.
Liverpool’s defensive record against the Gunners in all competitions is not good though, as they kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 encounters with Arsene Wenger’s side in all competitions.
One positive for Brendan Rodgers side is that Liverpool have won on six visits to Arsenal in the Premier League era and only Manchester United with seven victories are more successful visitors to the north London club.
Arsenal has received good news this week with the return to training of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy. The latter four featured in a training game on Tuesday.
However it looks like all five are unlikely to feature in this clash. England international Danny Welbeck is also a doubt for this clash with a knee problem he sustained during international duty with the Three Lions.
Liverpool have two key absentees in Steven Gerrard and centre-back Martin Skrtel, after both picked-up suspensions in the United defeat. Better news for the visitors is hat Adam Lallana, Jordon Ibe, Daniel Sturridge and Dejan Lovren all returned to training this week and could feature.
You have to fancy Arsenal to win this one. The Gunners are in-form and Liverpool head to north London without two of their leaders in Gerrard and Skrtel.
Will Arsenal maintain their good form against Liverpool?