Liverpool vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Manchester United prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester United

Sunday’s meeting between the two clubs will be the 204th North-West Derby: The most watched match in club football anywhere in the world.

This has become something of a bogey match for Liverpool. Regardless of form coming into this match, United have been finding a way to get a positive result. Liverpool’s 3-1 win in December 2018 is their only league victory in the last thirteen meetings between the two sides; stretching back to the 2013/14 season.

Jürgen Klopp’s managerial league record against Manchester United stands at one win and five draws in eight matches; an average of just one point per game. This is his worst record against all Premier League sides.

Manchester United come into the match in good form having picked up nine points from twelve since Christmas. Their abysmal showing at Arsenal in this run, where they were comfortably beaten 2-0, will be a concern though.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are the dominant force in football at the moment. The current European and World champions are already fourteen points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.

They come into the match on the back of six consecutive clear sheets and having scored in every Premier League match so far this season.

A win over their most bitter rivals would be a massive step towards securing their first league title of the Premier League era.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Who will win?

Liverpool have won each of their last eighteen home matches in the Premier League. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see them as 4/11 favourites to secure another home win on Sunday.

Six of the last eight matches between the two sides have ended in stalemate. Odds of 4/1 are available if you think they will cancel each other once more.

Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford in March 2018 is their only North-West Derby win in the last nine attempts.

Will they be the side to end Liverpool’s invincible status, just as they did with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in 2004?

Odds of 15/2 are available if you believe they will be the side to inflict defeat on Liverpool ending their shot of an invincible title win.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Who will score?

Liverpool’s attacking trident have struggled in this fixture. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané have registered a combined one goal and zero assists in this fixture since signing for the club.

Salah missed the Old Trafford fixture through injury; the only blemish on Liverpool’s otherwise perfect league campaign so far. The Egyptian King is the favourite to break the deadlock between these sides at 3/1. Or you can back Mo Salah at 4/5 to score at any time in the match.

Mané is the only member of Liverpool’s attacking trident to have scored for the Reds against the Red Devils. The newly crowned African Player of the Year is 21/20 to repeat the feat again on Sunday. Or you can back Sadio at 15/4 to be the game’s opening goal-scorer, just as he did in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Anfield in 2018.

Marcus Rashford has scored more Premier League goals this season than any Liverpool player. He has fourteen goals, five of which were from the penalty spot. While there is lots of talk before the match of Rashford being unavailable due to injury, nobody would be surprised to see a ‘miraculous recovery’ for Sunday. The England international is 9/1 to open the scoring and 11/4 to score at any time.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Match preview

The previous North-West derby back in October, encapsulated perfectly the trends we are seeing in fixtures between these two sides in recent seasons.

Manchester United came into the match looking to sit in a low block, force Liverpool to try and break them down. When they regained possession, they went direct to bypass the midfield and get in behind the Liverpool defence quickly using the pace of James and Rashford.

They didn’t create many chances, with most of their efforts on goal coming from outside the box. However, their aim was to pick their moments and grab a goal from the one big chance that would come their way; a tactic that worked perfectly.

While Liverpool looked frustrated, dominating the ball and securing shots on goal but struggling to really open United up to create anything of real value.

The introduction of Chamberlain, Lallana and Keita finally gave them the penetration needed to create that one quality chance they needed to tie the game. Although, it did raise the question, why didn’t at least one of them start the game?

For Ole Gunnar Solskjær, it appears his focus so far coming into these matches has been one of containment. Their negative approach drew some criticism from Jurgen Klopp after the 1-1 draw back in October.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: A look at the visitors

Stopping this Liverpool side at Anfield is an entirely different prospect for Ole though. United lost here last season, bringing to an end Jose Mourinho`s time in charge of the Red Devils.

While some may feel Liverpool were a little fortunate in scoring the goals they did, what is beyond doubt is the fact Liverpool absolutely dominated the game. United’s only real chance of the match resulted from Alisson fumbling a cross; a one in a million event from the FIFA and World Goalkeeper of the year.

The fact United have just one clean sheet on their travels this season and have failed to score in five away matches already this season will be a concern coming into this one. Despite this, shutting down the game into a match of just half-chances will likely be the approach once more for Solskjær.

Which means the match could be a dull affair for the neutral. This will come as no surprise given that nine of the last eleven matches between them have seen under 2.5 goals scored between the two teams. Only Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Anfield last December and United’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford in March 2018 have clocked in with over 2.5 goals.

While results have been more positive for Man United recently, there remains a large section of the fanbase dissatisfied with his performance as manager. The risk remains that a heavy defeat here could be the straw that broke the camels back for the United board. Or at the very least, bring to the surface once again the question of his credentials as Manchester United manager. Particularly given his poor record since being installed as permanent manager.

Liverpool team news vs Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Ander Herrera of Manchester United tackles Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on February 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Nathaniel Clyne remains ruled out for the Reds due to an ACL injury picked up in the summer.

Naby Keita and James Milner are still recovering from groin and thigh injuries respectively. They won’t be available for the match against Manchester United. However, they are both expected to return to full training soon and should be available once again before the end of this month.

Dejan Lovren has been absent with a thigh injury. He won’t be involved in Sunday’s match but is expected back in full training on Monday and will hopefully be available for selection for their FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury next weekend.

Joel Matip could make a return to the bench on Sunday. Having recovered from a knee injury, Klopp once again has some depth in the centre half position. Although, he has a tough task ahead to win his starting berth back from the in-form Joe Gomez.

Fabinho is also available for selection once again. He has been absent since December with a high-ankle sprain. However, similar to Matip, trying to displace Jordan Henderson from his #6 position looks a challenge.

The only expected change for Liverpool on Sunday will likely come in midfield. Adam Lallana looked in good form in his cameo against Spurs last weekend. Liverpool’s goal-scorer at Old Trafford is likely to be rewarded with a starting spot on Sunday, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Manchester United

Predicted Liverpool team vs Manchester United

Predicted Liverpool team vs Manchester United

Manchester United team news vs Liverpool

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United looks to cross the ball under pressure from Joel Matip of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on February 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe have all been ruled out of this match by Solskjær.

Luke Shaw is recovering from a thigh injury and faces a late fitness test before Sunday’s match. Regardless of the outcome, Brandon Williams is expected to start the match at left-back.

Both Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are expected back this weekend. Although, neither are expected to start the match. Bailly could be an option from the bench instead of Phil Jones.

Marcus Rashford is the big injury concern for United coming into the match. He managed just sixteen minutes as a second-half substitute in their midweek FA Cup tie before being forced off with a lower back injury.

However, Ole has a history of players being ruled out with injury only to feature in this fixture.

Therefore, nobody will be surprised to see Rashford play at least some part in this fixture. Mason Greenwood is expected to start instead of Rashford, if unavailable.

Predicted Manchester United team vs Liverpool

Predicted Manchester United team vs Liverpool

Predicted Manchester United team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Manchester United

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1218130091596754944

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1218125894457401344

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1218061388712685568

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1217863656454721536

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1217802431662305281

The latest tweets from Manchester United pre-Liverpool

https://twitter.com/ManUtd/status/1218112551176765440

https://twitter.com/ManUtd/status/1218114170681511936

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.


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