It all comes down to Thursday for Liverpool and Arsenal as the teams prepare to square off in the second leg of their semifinal of the 2021-22 English League Cup. The first match last Thursday ended in a 0-0 draw, despite Arsenal going a man down in the 24th minute. With no away-goals stipulation in League Cup play, this one will go to extra time and a shootout if necessary. Liverpool is second in the Premier League table, but 11 points behind leader Manchester City. Arsenal is fifth, so this could be the teams' best chance at playing for some silverware this season. The winner will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Feb. 27.
Kickoff at London's Emirates Stadium is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Liverpool as the +110 favorite (risk $100 to win $110) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Arsenal vs. Liverpool odds. Arsenal is the +245 underdog, a draw is priced at +250 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Liverpool vs. Arsenal picks or making any EFL Cup predictions, you need to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down Liverpool vs. Arsenal from every angle and revealed his coveted picks and EFL Cup predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Arsenal vs. Liverpool:
- Arsenal vs. Liverpool spread: Liverpool -0.5 (+100)
- Arsenal vs. Liverpool over-under: 2.5 goals
- Arsenal vs. Liverpool money line: Arsenal +245, Liverpool +110, Draw +250
- ARS: Eddie Nketiah has five goals in eight appearances (five starts)
- LVP: Takumi Minamino has scored six times in 16 games (six starts)
Why you should back Liverpool
The Reds are 9-5-3 in the last 17 meetings with the Gunners, who have failed to score a goal in the last four. Liverpool's defense is one of the best in the Premier League, as it has conceded just 18 goals in 21 matches. The Reds also lead the EPL in goals with 55, while Arsenal has scored 33. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Liverpool can turn to Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino in attack, and Minamino has been a scoring threat in the EFL Cup. Jota has 12 goals overall while Firmino has seven goals and four assists.
Minamino has four League Cup goals and scored in a 3-0 win against Brentford on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp has used this competition to play his youngsters, but the manager is likely to go all-out here. That means players like star defenders Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk should be on the pitch in front of elite goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazilian has 13 clean sheets in 26 games. Wing back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who leads the EPL with 10 assists, also is likely to play a major role. His crossing ability has been a huge part of the Liverpool attack all season.
Why you should back Arsenal
The Gunners have a lot on their side going into this match, with home-field advantage and confidence from the gritty draw last week. They also come in with an us-against-the-world mentality. They were roundly criticized after getting Sunday's North London Derby postponed despite few absences related to COVID. The team is expected to welcome several key pieces back into the mix, most notably Martin Odegaard (COVID) and Bukayo Saka (ankle/fatigue). The midfielders have combined for 11 goals and nine assists in all competitions this season.
In addition to the midfielders, defenders Kieran Tierney, Calum Chambers and Gabriel all are expected to return from minor injuries. No matter who is defending, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (80.6 save percentage) has kept Arsenal in close matches all season.
How to make Arsenal vs. Liverpool picks
Green has broken down Liverpool vs. Arsenal from every angle. He has two confident best bets and gives his full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his EFL Cup picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Liverpool vs. Arsenal? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Arsenal vs. Liverpool, all from the European soccer expert who has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.