It’s been a somewhat unusual race in the Premier League this season as we have seen a number of teams take the reins as the league leaders. Everton, Tottenham, Leicester City and Liverpool have all held top spot but the Reds lost their grip on top spot in midweek when Manchester United won their game in hand over Burnley to move three points clear of the Reds at the top of the table.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games, winning nine of those matches and drawing only with Leicester City and Manchester City, who are third and fifth in the EPL, over that period. That run of form has seen them now establish a lead at the top of the table.
However, both teams now face arguably their toughest tests of the season as they meet head to head at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool’s outstanding home record of 67 games unbeaten in the Premier League, 25 wins from their last 27 home games (with 2 draws) plus 7 wins and a draw from their eight home games so far this season sees them claiming 22 of their 24 points available at home.
They go up against a Manchester United side that have also won 7 games and drawn the other of their eight games away from Old Trafford this season. Also claiming 22 points from the 24 that they have had available on the road, which is a superb return for the Red Devils.
With such great away form this season, and Liverpool suffering something of a stutter in the league claiming just two out of the last nine points available, Manchester United are bullish about their chances of claiming a rare win over the Reds in recent times. Indeed, after the Burnley game in which he scored United’s goal, midfielder Paul Pogba declared United were ready for a “big moment” at Anfield this weekend.
It is all set up for one of the most important and exciting Premier League clashes between the two teams in living memory and it comes ahead of a crucial FA Cup Fourth Round clash between the two teams a week later, this time at Old Trafford. It is fair to say that both these games could have a huge impact on how well each team does over the remainder of the season.
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So with plenty of places to place your bet on the big game, let’s now take a look ahead to the match and then give you our top betting tips for the game.
Liverpool v Manchester United Preview
A few weeks ago, this looked like being a game that Manchester United would need to get something from to close the gap on Liverpool. However, only two points from the last nine available, one goal scored in the last three games and United winning nine of their last eleven, drawing the other two, means that it is Liverpool that come into this game trailing United by three points at the top of the Premier League table.
As such, Jurgen Klopp’s approach to this game now must be very different. A defeat would leave the Reds six points behind United and with teams below them ready to pounce, they could even drop out of the top four. A win would put them back top of the table and keep things very tight at the top between all the top six.
It is a nice position for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be in after a slow start to the season saw them languish in the bottom half of the table for an extended period. Now though, there is genuine talk of United being potential champions this season, and a win here would certainly add a great deal of weight to that claim.
Recent Matches Between The Two
Of the last ten games between the two, Liverpool have won three, Manchester United one and six games have been drawn. Three games finished 0-0 and the other three all finished 1-1. United have not won at Anfield in that period but have drawn there twice. Liverpool have won both the last two games at Anfield between the teams winning 3-1 in 2018 and 2-0 in 2020.
United’s sole win was a 2-1 win at Old Trafford back in March 2018 when Marcus Rashford scored both the goals.
Last season the teams drew 1-1 at Old Trafford before Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield, Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah scoring the goals for the Reds on that day.
Historically, Man Utd hold the edge with 88 wins to Liverpool’s 77 with 67 matches between the two finishing as draws.
Liverpool v Man Utd Team News
For Liverpool Joel Matip should be fit to return in central defence alongside Fabinho, while the Reds can also call on Thiago once again after the Spanish midfielder recovered from injury a week or so ago. With Diego Jota still out injured, Liverpool’s front three will likely be the familiar trio of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.
- Probable Liverpool Team – 4-3-3 – Alisson, Alexander Arnold, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Firmino, Mane, Salah
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a pretty much full-strength United team to pick from, although I do expect him to make a couple of changes from the more attacking side he picked at Burnley. McTominay and Fred could come in to midfield to shore things up defensively, while Cavani may be started on the bench to allow for a more pacy attack.
- Probable Man Utd Team – 4-2-3-1 – De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial.
Liverpool v Manchester United Betting Tips
Make no mistake, we may be almost halfway through the season only, but this game could have massive repercussions for both teams this season. A win for United and they will be confirmed as genuine title contenders and they would go six clear of the home side.
A win for Liverpool keeps everything so tight at the top of the Premier League table with a whole bunch of teams embroiled in the battle for top spot.
Normally, I’d always back Liverpool at home but given their recent lack of form, I think United will get something here as the Reds do look susceptible to pace on the counter attack. As such, I think another draw, a popular result in this fixture, is on the cards. That is an 11/4 bet with bet365 in the Full Time Result market at present.
In terms of the correct score, 0-0 or 1-1 has been the go-to bet if you feel the game is going to end all square on Sunday and in truth, 1-1 looks far more appealing to me than 0-0 given the defensive issues Liverpool have and the attacking qualities both teams possess. 1-1 is an 8/1 shot in the Correct Score market with bet365.
Finally, if you want anytime goalscorers, Marcus Rashford of Man Utd has a good record against Liverpool and is a 21/10 shot to score anytime, while Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is coming back into form and is due a goal against United and he is an 8/5 shot with bet365 too