Kuyt And Van Persie To Be Amongst Goals In Liverpool v Arsenal

By Sam Darby on 01/03/2012 15:41

The live game on Saturday looks as though it is going to be a cracker with Arsenal going to Anfield looking to end Liverpool’s unbeaten home run this season. Liverpool won the Carling Cup last weekend whilst Arsenal won 5-2 against local rivals Spurs, which of the teams will be celebrating after this match?

The Liverpool ValueChecker wikis suggest that Dirk Kuyt could be the man to get amongst the goals for Liverpool, after scoring a vital goal in the Carling Cup final last week. Dirk Kuyt has been an important player for Liverpool in recent seasons, scoring thirteen and getting eight assists last season whilst also playing a hand in thirteen goals the season before. Liverpool will hope that Kuyt or another Liverpool player opens the scoring as they have a very poor record in games when they concede the first goal. Last season Liverpool last nine of the ten games they conceded the first goal in whilst the season before they lost eleven from thirteen when conceding first in league matches. That is well above the Premiership average and Liverpool clearly struggle when going behind which is a strong in running pointer.

If Dirk Kuyt is the main man for Liverpool when it comes to goals then Robin Van Persie is definitely the most likely scorer for Arsenal. The Arsenal ValueChecker wikis show that not only has Robin Van Persie been in great season this season, he can also be relied heavily upon to score goals away from home unlike many strikers. He scored in nine consecutive away matches towards the end of last season and in total eleven of his eighteen league goals came on the road. The season before was an injury hit one for Van Persie but he still scored a decent percentage of his goals away from home, four out of nine came in away matches that season.

With both sides having strong goal threats a game with over 2.5 goals wouldn’t be a surprise and that is a good bet based on Arsenal’s away matches in recent seasons. In the 10/11 Premiership season 23 of Arsenal’s 38 games had over 2.5 goals in and it was a similar story the season before, 25 of Arsenal’s league matches had over 2.5 goals in 09/10. The ratio increases just for away games, last season a huge 14 out of Arsenal’s 19 away league matches contained over 2.5 goals whilst the season before it was 12 of Arsenal’s away matches that had over 2.5 goals.

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