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Liverpool vs. Arsenal prediction, odds, picks: Soccer expert reveals EFL Carabao Cup best bets for Jan. 20

Written by on January 19, 2022

Arsenal and Liverpool square off with a date with Chelsea on the line when they meet on Thursday in the second leg of their English League Cup semifinal. Arsenal battled to a 0-0 draw last Thursday in the first leg despite being down to 10 men for more than 70 minutes. The Gunners appear to be getting healthier, though this game remained in doubt after Sunday’s North London Derby with Tottenham had to be postponed. Liverpool has had issues of its own that forced this semifinal to be pushed back a week, and both teams still have major absences because of injuries and Africa Cup of Nations duties. 

Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET at Emirates Stadium in London. Liverpool is the +112 favorite (risk $100 to win $112) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Arsenal vs. Liverpool odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Arsenal the +240 underdog. A draw is listed at +250 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before you lock in your Liverpool vs. Arsenal picks or make 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 +240, Liverpool +112,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 aren’t nearly as potent with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane away at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are plenty capable. Jota has 12 goals in all competitions, while Firmino has seven to go with four assists. Takumi Minamino has four goals in this competition this season and scored in a 3-0 win against Brentford on Sunday. 

Liverpool gets a boost from the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold from COVID. The wing back leads the Premier League with 10 assists and has been devastating with his pinpoint crosses. Liverpool will be in solid shape on defense, with Joel Matip and Virgil Van Djik expected to partner in the middle of the back line in front of star goalkeeper Alisson. The Reds have allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the Premier League, with 18 in 21 matches, and have scored 22 more goals than the Gunners (55-33) in league play.

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, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He also 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. 

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