Liverpool v Manchester United: Klopp’s Reds to Pile Misery on Mourinho’s Men
The two most decorated clubs in English football take to the Anfield pitch on Sunday afternoon – kick-off: 16:00 GMT – as the league leaders before the weekend’s fixtures, Liverpool, host bitter rivals Manchester United in a hugely important clash for both teams, for contrasting reasons.
Liverpool went to the summit of the Premier League standings last weekend, following their 4-0 away victory at Bournemouth, while Manchester City suffered a 2-0 reversal at Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s side now lead City by one point, and victory over their long-standing foes, United, would be a major boost heading towards the Christmas period.
United, by contrast, need the three points in this game to try and get back into the race for the Champions League qualification spots. Following a second-placed finish from last season, United have regressed under Jose Mourinho this term, and now face an uphill task to make the top-four at the end of the campaign.
Only Manchester City have stopped the Reds from claiming the three points at Anfield in the Premier League so far this season, which highlights the stiff task facing United this weekend. The Red Devils have been very porous defensively, and with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino bearing down on a shaky United defence, it could be a very long afternoon for the Red Devils.
In previous seasons, this fixture would be a close affair according to the bookmakers, but considering the recent success of Liverpool, and the apparent demise of United, the pre-match prices are very differing from games in recent years.
Liverpool can be backed at the best industry price at the time of writing of 4/7 with William Hill and Ladbrokes, to make it seven wins and one draw from their first eight Premier League home games. The Draw is next best at 33/10 with 188BET, while a United victory can be taken at 11/2 with Black Type.
Liverpool has a poor recent head-to-head record with Manchester United and have not won at Anfield in the Premier League against United since Daniel Sturridge hit an early goal in a 1-0 win back in September 2013. United are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool, which offers hope for Mourinho’s men, but the pace and power of Liverpool should really be too much for them to cope with.
Liverpool are a confident selection to win this game. United have set-up in recent seasons to stifle the Liverpool attack, but my belief is that Klopp’s men will have too much attacking incisiveness for the United rear guard to deal with.
Individual Goal Scorers
Mohamed Salah has scored 10 Premier League goals so far this season – and is the obvious starting point for First Goalscorer calculations, considering his fine recent form. The Egyptian is a 57/17 chance with 10Bet and SportPesa to open the scoring, and he will be a key man for the Mersysiders.
Salah’s fellow strike partner, Roberto Firmino is better value at the 5/1 on offer with BetBright and 888Sport. The hard-working Brazilian adds industry as well as goals to the Liverpool attack, and he could be the one to chance at a more backable price. Another consideration is former Southampton man, Sadio Mane – who also is in fine form currently – at 11/2 with Betway.
United striker, Romelu Lukaku is their shortest-priced player to score the opening goal on Sunday afternoon, with BetFred offering the best industry odds of 9/1 on the Belgian forward. Lukaku scored his first goal at Old Trafford in far too long against Fulham last weekend, so perhaps his scoring boots have returned.
A more likely option of the unlikely United First Goalscorers is French forward, Anthony Martial, who was rested against Valencia in the midweek Champions League game. Martial has shown glimpses of genuine ability for United in recent weeks, and BetFred once again go top price of 10/1 on the wide man.
Others to consider at bigger prices include Liverpool’s dominating centre back, Virgil van Dijk, who is a generally available 22/1 chance with several bookmakers. Ashley Young is a capable set-piece taker and opened the scoring for United in last weekend’s 4-1 home win over Fulham, so is one to note at 50/1 with William Hill and Coral.
Other Side Bets
Just one of the last five meetings between these two north-west powerhouses have yielded over 2.5 goals per game, but things could be about to change this weekend, with goals on the horizon, I believe. Considering Liverpool have scored over two goals per game at Anfield this season, while United have conceded almost two goals per away game so far in this campaign, goals could well be a profitable selection.
Over 2.5 Goals is actually quite tempting at the currently best available odds of 13/19 with Unibet and 10Bet. I’m tempted by the 9/5 with Unibet and 888Sport instead for over 3.5 Goals, which seems excellent value. Liverpool look to have finally found the balance required to challenge for the title, while United look likely to concede with almost every attack it seems this season.
Only Cardiff City’s Callum Paterson has breached the Liverpool defence at Anfield in the Premier League this season, so it might be a reach for Liverpool to Win the Match and Both Teams to Score. An anticipated early Liverpool goal would force United to swing for the fence, and that then brings in the 11/5 with Betfred for this combination bet.
Our Correct Score bet for this game is a resounding 3-1 victory for Liverpool. Mourinho will set out his United team to disrupt Liverpool, but I believe that intention will be swept away by Liverpool’s fast, free flowing play. 10Bet and SportPesa offer the best available odds of 49/4 on this score line.
- Liverpool to Win the Match and Both Teams to Score at 11/5 with Betfred
- Over 3.5 Goals in the Match at 9/5 with Unibet
- Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United Correct Score at 49/4 with 10Bet.