Liverpool vs Arsenal

It may only be Match Day 3, but first place in the English Premier League will be up for grabs on Saturday when Liverpool hosts Arsenal. At home, the Reds are favored with a money line of -217 while Arsenal is at +483. Meanwhile, a draw between the two sides is listed at +350.

Arsenal, somewhat surprisingly, has managed to win their first two games of the Premier League season. The Gunners managed a 1-0 road win over Newcastle on opening day and knocked off Burnley 2-1 at home over the weekend. After finishing sixth last season, Arsenal was in need of a good start and they'd like to continue it against Liverpool.

Of course, Liverpool has been the most impressive English club through the first two games. Jurgen Klopp's team blitzed Norwich City 4-1 in the opener and managed a 2-1 win over Southampton. In between, they also played 120 minutes in the Super Cup against Chelsea, ultimately winning on penalties. With Manchester City dropping points over the weekend, Liverpool will be eager to keep winning and built on their early lead atop the Premier League table.

Goalie Issues

The only concern Liverpool has at the moment is at the goalkeeper position. Regular goalie Alisson is out with an injury and backup Adrian made a terrible error to concede a goal against Southampton over the weekend despite being the hero midweek in the penalty shootout against Chelsea. Klopp doesn't seem too concerned about the mistake, especially with a strong defense in front of Adrian. But any shortcoming from the goalie could come back to haunt Liverpool against Arsenal, more so than it did against Southampton.

On the bright side, the Liverpool attack looks as strong as ever. The Reds have had five different goal scorers in their first two Premier League games, showing that they can get goals from a number of different sources. With the Reds playing at home this weekend, there's little doubt that they will have more possession than Arsenal and give their attack line of Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane plenty of opportunities to score goals.

In the Middle With You

Despite two wins in their first two games, Arsenal hasn't been overly convincing against a pair of mid-table clubs. But they've managed to control games in midfield with help from Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos. He was the undisputed star in the win over Burnley and holds the key to the Gunners being able to get a result against Liverpool. If Ceballos can measure up with Liverpool's midfield, Arsenal can make it difficult for Liverpool to unleash their attacking players.

On the other hand, the Gunners have struggled to finish off their chances. They've owned over 60% possession in both of their Premier League games this season but have only managed three goals against lesser opponents. They won't have as much possession against Liverpool, so the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will need to be clinical in front of goal.

Seeing Red

This has the potential to be a thrilling game, but it's way too soon to drink the Kool-Aid on Arsenal being able to match Liverpool's level of play, especially on the road. There's more upside to picking the Gunners as underdogs. But bet on Liverpool to take all three points on Saturday.