Three of the last four meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have ended in a draw after 90 minutes, including twice this season. A draw is a value once again on the return from the international break. Liverpool have been in good form away from home, but haven’t fared well on trips to the capital to face the Gunners.
Arsenal produced a remarkable comeback to claim a point from a 3-3 draw with West Ham in their last game before the international break. Mikel Arteta’s side were three down after 32 minutes, but own goals from Tomas Soucek and Craig Dawson got them back in it. Alexandre Lacazette then levelled with eight minutes remaining. The stalemate ended a rollercoaster for the Gunners, who had started it with a 2-1 win over Tottenham in the North London derby. Again they had to come from behind. Arsenal were also beaten 1-0 at home to Olympiakos in between, although they still progressed in the UEFA Europa League having won the first leg 3-1. Bukayo Saka was forced out of the England squad through injury, but could be available for the Gunners.
Emile Smith Rowe was missing from the England Under-21 side for the victory over Croatia on Wednesday and is rated doubtful.
Liverpool won their last two games before the international break and beat Leipzig 2-0 to progress in the UEFA Champions League and end their losing run at home, which included losing 1-0 to Chelsea and Fulham at Anfield. In their last match before the break, the Reds were 1-0 winners at Wolves to continue their strong away form. Diogo Jota got the only goal. Liverpool remain without long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip and captain Jordan Henderson. Roberto Firmino has returned to training but may not be risked with Diogo Jota having impressed on international duty for Portugal. Back up goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is also doubtful, although was unlikely to have made the bench.
Liverpool have a 74-70 advantage against Arsenal with 54 draws in 198 matches. These two sides have already met three times this season. Arsenal won on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Community Shield in August. Liverpool were 3-1 winners in the Premier League in September. Three days later Liverpool won a League Cup tie on penalties after a 0-0 draw. Having drawn twice already this season, another draw is predicted. Arsenal are struggling for clean sheets while Liverpool have delivered for under 2.5 goals backers – so a 1-1 draw is tipped.