Liverpool v Manchester United Betting Tips & Preview
One of English football's most heated rivalries is revived this Sunday when Liverpool host Manchester United. In Alex Ferguson’s tenure, Manchester United were undoubtedly the better side of the 2, but things have changed since Ferguson’s departure. It is now Liverpool who are regulars in the top 4 and are mounting a serious title challenge this year. Under Jose Mourinho, United are criticised for boring football, whereas Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool playing some of the most attractive football in Europe. With such a difference in playing styles, it’ll be interesting to see how each manager lines up.
Liverpool Premier League Form
Last Time Out In The Premier League
Mo Salah showed that he wasn’t just a one season wonder with a hattrick in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth. Bournemouth v Liverpool is a fixture known for a lot of goals, so it’s no surprise that there was 4 goals on the South Coast. Salah opened the scoring after Roberto Firmino’s saved shot fell into his path. The 2 goals that followed for Salah were exactly what we got used to last season. Both goals were stunning individual efforts, with Salah using his quick close control to weave his way through the Bournemouth defence. The other goal came through a Steve Cook own goal. The defender got the ball caught under his feet and couldn’t avoid clearing into his own net. Thanks to Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea, Liverpool now sit top of the league with 42 points from 16 games.
Manchester United Premier League Form
Last Time Out In The Premier League
Manchester United won for the first time in 5 games at home to Fulham. In the 13th minute, Ashley Young cut into the box and curled a shot into the far corner, although Sergio Rico should have done better. 15 minutes later, Juan Mata swept home a Marcus Rashford for his 50th Premier League goal. United continued their impressive start to the game and Romelu Lukaku even got in on the act. The Belgian scored his first goal at Old Trafford for the first time in 9 months after a poor start to the season. In the second half, Ander Herrera gave away a penalty that was dispatched by Aboubakar Kamara. Any faint hopes of a comeback were quickly ended just a minute later when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was shown a second yellow card for fouling Rashford. With 10 minutes left, Rashford’s powerful strike squeezed past Rico at the near post to complete United’s rout.
Liverpool v Manchester United Head to Head
Liverpool Wins - 75
Draws - 65
Manchester United Wins - 88
Liverpool v Manchester United is arguably a bigger game than the Manchester derby with both teams having such a rich history. The match puts England’s 2 most successful clubs up against each other and is a fixture that goes back over 120 years. In recent years however, it has been a fixture surrounded by controversy. In 2011, Luis Suarez racially abused Patrice Evra in a match at Anfield, before then refusing to shake the defenders hand in the reverse fixture. Although Liverpool and Manchester United typically score plenty of goals in this game, the last 2 games at Anfield have produced 2 0-0 draws. Infact, in the last 10 matches, there has been an average of just 2 goals in each game.
Where To Watch Liverpool v Manchester United
Liverpool v Manchester United will be shown live on Sky Sports from 4pm on Sunday 16th December.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Jose Mourinho will likely set his team up to defend, but it’ll be very tough for United’s average defence to withstand Liverpool’s 3 front men.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing
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