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No avoiding wager on a feast of goals at Anfield 

I'M winding down for Christmas with my feet up in front of Liverpool v Arsenal on Sunday, and it's a game that just screams goals, goals, goals.

They say that when something's too good to be true it usually is, but there's no getting away from the stats for this one.

So check these out:

*The last 23 meetings between these two have seen at least two goals, and four of the last six have gone over 2.5. Last year Liverpool won 5-1 at Anfield.

*Arsenal have scored in all but one of their league games this season, and have banged in ten in their last three games,

*And amazingly this fixture holds this fixture holds the record for most Premier League hat-tricks with five.

So why go anywhere else? Over 2.5 is short, but over 3.5 is a nice 2-1 so I'll be cheering both teams on from the first whistle.

And it could be a case of feast and famine as the earlier game between Newcastle and Sunderland looks a stinker.

Sunderland have scored two goals in their last five games while Newcastle have conceded four in each of their last two so they'll mostly be concerned about shoring up at the back.

Never mind unders, I'm going no goalscorer on this one.

Today's going to be like pulling a cracker - all or nothing - so let's hope I get the end with the soppy hat and the crap joke.

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11:30 Su 21Dec ESPN

Verona v Chievo

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Verona have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches
Expert verdict
Chievo’s five-match unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 2-0 at home to Inter on Monday but they can respond by drawing with Verona at the Bentegodi stadium. Verona won 2-1 at Udinese on Sunday but have not won any of their last four home league games and may have to settle for a derby draw.