Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Manchester United v Liverpool

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Sunday, October 20, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

Liverpool start this game as favourites and we are backing them in this one. Bet365 are offering 7/10 for a Liverpool win and we feel this is generous given their perfect start to the season and United’s injury crisis. Although United have the players to make things difficult, their form has been poor and with no wins in their last five competitive games, gives the price even more value. We will also be backing over 9 corners at 4/6 with the same bookmaker.

Manchester United host Liverpool in the standout fixture of the weekend. This game brings together two of the most successful clubs in English footballing history and the tie is always full of intensity and passion. There will be further motivation for both teams as Liverpool are riding high in the league and Manchester United will be hoping to dent their progress and ensure they try and help maintain a gap of two league victories over their arch rivals.

Manchester United come into this fixture in poor form having not won a game in their last five in all competitions. Amongst those results was a 2-0 away loss at West Ham where the team was roundly criticised for their lack of effort and most recently a 1-0 loss to lowly Newcastle. The excitement and fanfare that arose from the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s has faded and now there is even talk of the sack should United lose this game. A mixture of injuries, poor player recruitment and mismanagement have left United sitting in 12th place, just two points above the relegation zone and their opponents enjoying a 15 point gap between them. Fans will be hoping that as a one-off game this should bring out the best in the players that do take to the field and a result against their arch rivals could spark the team to go on a run and put a poor start behind them.

Liverpool arrive at Old Trafford with a 100% win record having won all eight of their opening games. They did require a 90th minute penalty winner from James Milner to see off Leicester City as well as a 70th minute winner from Wijnaldum when they overcame Sheffield United. Fans will remember the days when the team would steamroll teams and in recent seasons it seems that Klopp has ensured more balance between attack and defence. The team seem more vulnerable in defence than last year but the attacking prowess of Salah, Mane and Firmino has seen them over the line. This game marks the start of a crucial run where they will face the top teams in the space of a month, with the game against City on the 10th November. Jurgen Klopp will be keen to maintain as much of the eight point margin they have over City as possible when the two teams meet.

In team news Manchester United have been rocked by the news that star keeper David De Gea is ruled out of this clash having suffered a groin injury playing for Spain. Paul Pogba is also out with an ankle injury leaving the team seriously depleted. There are doubts over a host of other players who will all be examined closer to the game including Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood.

Liverpool will make a call on whether to bring goalkeeper Alisson straight back into the team after the Brazilian recovered from a calf injury sustained two months ago. Joel Matip, fresh from a contract extension, is also in contention to return despite missing their last two team games. However, all eyes will be on Mo Salah to see if the Egyptian has recovered after picking up an injury against Leicester City.

Last season, Liverpool won the first encounter 3-1 at Anfield courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and a Xherdan Shaqiri brace. It was a game Liverpool initially dominated but allowed United to come back in to, but a super sub performance from Shaqiri helped secure the points. The teams played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford where United did manage to neutralise the attacking threat offered by Liverpool and they will be looking to apply similar tactics to ensure they remain in the contest.

Punter's Pick

Liverpool start this game as favourites and we are backing them in this one. Bet365 are offering 7/10 for a Liverpool win and we feel this is generous given their perfect start to the season and United’s injury crisis. Although United have the players to make things difficult, their form has been poor and with no wins in their last five competitive games, gives the price even more value. We will also be backing over 9 corners at 4/6 with the same bookmaker.

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