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Gunnersto misfireon Anfieldvisit.

LiverpoolvArsenal 1.30pmSunday,liveonSkySports1 THISf ixturedoesn'tquite carrythekindoffrissonit didthreeorfouryearsago, asbothnowhavenoisy neighbourswhohave caughtupwiththem, Chelseaaremovingfurther awayfrombothand Newcastlearemaking themselvesfeltaswell.

BothLiverpooland Arsenalneedre-building andalthoughthatprocess hasjustaboutstartedat Anfield,thereislittlesign ofitattheEmirates Stadiumandneitherclub isrumouredtobeonthe brinkofmajorsignings beforethetransferwindow closesonFriday-Gunners fanswillnottakegreat heartfromtheirclubbeing linkedwithCheickTioteor YohanCabaye.

LastweekIcalled Liverpool"amess"and theirdefenceinthesecond halfagainstManCity warrantedthatdescription.

However, theydidscore twoqualitygoalsandjust aboutshadedSunday's2-2 draw. Andiftheysetabout Arsenalwiththesamevim andvigourtheycanwin thistop -endtussle.

BothCitygoalsowed much to the skill and persistenceofCarlos Tevez andtheGunnersnowhave no-onecapableofthatkind ofdynamismupfront.

It'snotrocketscienceis it? Youselltwoplayerswho contributedmassivelyto bothyourgoalsandassists lastseasonandfiretwo blanksinyourfirsttwo gamesthistimeround.

FinishingoffHeartsat Anfieldshouldbeless demandingforLiverpool thanthefirstlegat Tynecastle,too,while DanielAgger'sreturnto thedefenceshouldhelp makeSunday'sdisasters lesslikely .

Arsenalwereour'layof theday'atStokeonSundayandseldomthreatened evenafterthedelayed introductionofTheo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Theyareunbeateninfive visitstoAnfield,butalways seemtoconcede,andboth wononeachother's groundslastseason.

ourtip Stake12pts onL iverpool .

[F] keystat Arsenal haven oth ada clean sheet herei n15vi sits.? Stakingisbasedonascaleof1-100points startingwithaninitialbankof1,000points.

RFO'smatchdata Dataincludesmatchesinallcompetitions,home gamesonlyforthehomeside,awaygamesonly fortheawayside,allmatchesforgamesata neutralvenue.Alldataisfromlastseasonunless otherwiseindicated.

Lastsixseasons HW D AW Leaguegames 1 32 Cupgames/other 1 0 2 Backing -pounds 4.38 pounds 1.10 pounds 0 Hometopscorers First Last Any LSuarez 4 37 SGerrard 2 25 CBellamy 2 14 Awaytopscorers First Last Any Rvan P ersie 5 511 T Walcott 0 16 YBenayoun 1 24 Ifscoringfirst WD Liverpool 9 40 Arsenal 7 13 Ifconcedingfirst WD Liverpool 13 3 Arsenal 4 17 35 9 770033 736320

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Date:Aug 28, 2012
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