Written 17th October 2019
Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Tips
Manchester United host Liverpool this weekend as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to fight to keep his job at Old Trafford. 10 years ago, this fixture would have been one of the first games that fans up and down the country would look for when the fixtures were announced. These days, although the rivalry is just as intense, the gulf in class between the two sides is huge. Liverpool are favourites for the title, whereas Man United might not even finish in the top 6.
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Manchester United’s Recent Form
Last Time Out For Man United
Manchester United made it 3 games without a win with a 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle. Solskjaer's side went to St James’ Park suffering with some injuries, but there can be no excuse for how poorly they performed. From the off, Man United were second best to their black and white counterparts. Matty Longstaff and Miguel Almiron both came close for the hosts, but it was Harry Maguire who came closest. The summer signing headed wide from 6 yards out after evading his marker at a corner, a header he would score 9 times out of 10. After the break, Manchester United still controlled the possession but looked vulnerable every time that Newcastle went forward. Newcastle’s tactic of counter attacking football came off when Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Willems drew the attention of 6 Man United defenders. This left Matty Longstaff on the edge of the area, who arrowed his shot low into the net on his Premier League debut. Solskjaer's side continued to try and create chances, but Martin Dubravka was left untroubled. Goal scoring has been the biggest issue for United, and against a Liverpool side with Virgil Van Dijk, we don’t expect them to improve on Sunday.
Liverpool’s Recent Form
Last Time Out For Liverpool
James Milner’s last-minute penalty maintained Liverpool’s perfect winning record in their 2-1 win over Leicester. Liverpool’s first-half display showed why they are the favourites for the title this season. Milner and Roberto Firmino both came close before Sadio Mane’s run behind the defence allowed him to open the scoring. It was actually Milner who rolled back the years and player an inch perfect pass that gave Mane the time and space to finish past Schmeichel. Leicester have been one of the best sides in the league this year however and fought back late on. Ayoze Perez slipped in a ball to James Maddison after 82 minutes, with the England international firing home the equaliser, although Adrian should have done better. In the 95th minute, Sadio Mane went down easily under the challenge of Marc Albrighton. After a man of the match performance, James Milner stepped up and sent Schmeichel the wrong way, keeping Liverpool at the top of the league with a perfect record. Liverpool have impressed so far this season but have still struggled with keeping a clean sheet. So far they have conceded in 6 of their 8 games, but just continue to out score their opponents.
Where’s The Value Bet?
Despite the huge success that Jurgen Klopp has had at Liverpool, Manchester United has always been the team he has struggled against. Klopp has only beaten Man United twice in 9 attempts, a success rate that is worse than against any team in England. Even last season when Liverpool were the best side in Europe, they laboured to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. The draw is actually the most common result in this fixture recently, with 5 draws from the last 9 games. When you take into account that 3 of those draws finished 0-0 and the others finished 1-1, you can’t expect a lot of goals this weekend. For our value bet, we’ve picked ‘Draw and Under 2.5 Goals’ at 4/1. Given Klopp’s record against Man United, and Solskjaer’s desire to bounce back from poor results, 4/1 seems a big price.
How To Watch Manchester United v Liverpool
Manchester United v Liverpool will be shown live on Sky Sports Football from 16:30 on Sunday 20th October.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Mane has stole the headlines from Mo Salah so far this season and has single handedly won games for Liverpool already. We expect him to add to his 5 goals at Old Trafford and continue his rise as one of the Premier League’s top players.
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