Premier League Matchweek 25 Betting Preview
The Premier League action continues this weekend with another huge round of fixtures. Among the top fixtures for fans to look forward to this weekend are a massive Merseyside derby at Anfield, and Mikel Arteta welcoming his former club to the Emirates.
Liverpool vs Everton
Everton’s wins against Liverpool in the Premier League are few and far between, but they may not have had many chances to claim a league win against the Reds than this weekend.
The root of all of Liverpool’s pains this season began in the first Merseyside derby, as Virgil van Dijk’s clash with Jordan Pickford left the Dutchman out for the season. It is something that the Reds have never really recovered from, and Jurgen Klopp still doesn’t have a preferred centre back partnership going into this fixture. Jordan Henderson has been deployed in that role on numerous occasions, but there’s no secret that the team are missing his dynamism in the middle of the park.
Ozan Kabak could have played his way into the team after an impressive performance on his full debut against RB Leipzig, while Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane also looked back to their best in the first leg win.
It would be fair to say that Everton chocked a little in their last Premier League outing, as they had the perfect opportunity to draw level with their local rivals ahead of the Merseyside derby. However, Fulham dominated proceedings at Goodison Park in that game, and were deserved 2-0 winners. The Toffees remain in a strong position, and a European finish needs to be their aim for the season.
It has been 22 years since Everton last beat Liverpool at Anfield, but there hasn’t been a better chance for the Toffees to end that run than this weekend. However, Liverpool’s performance in midweek was much-improved, and they are likely to raise their game for the derby on Saturday.
Arsenal vs Manchester City
There isn’t much debate surrounding the title race at present, as it looks incredibly difficult to see anything other than Manchester City racing ahead of the pack in the second half of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been faultless in the league since November, and it only looks likely that their advantage at the top of the league will be increased with every passing week. Manchester United and Leicester City have both already buckled under the pressure, and City’s display against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend highlights that they aren’t going to let up on the pressure. Ilkay Gundogen was superb in that win, as the German scored twice, but he is likely to miss this trip to the Emirates through injury.
Mikel Arteta certainly deserves praise for how he has been able to get a response from his Arsenal side over recent months, and a European finish isn’t completely out of the realms of possibility. The Gunners sit in tenth coming into this game, and a win could take them as high as seventh. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang returned to form in their last outing, as the club’s captain scored a hat-trick against Leeds United.
This hasn’t tended to be a fixture that Arsenal fans look forward to in the Premier League, as they haven’t beaten City for six years in league action. Guardiola’s side have enjoyed their visits to the Emirates over recent seasons, as they have scored eight goals in their last three trips. It’s hard to see anything other than another commanding win for the runaway leaders.