Bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United square off as the Premier League weekend comes to a blockbuster crescendo. The Red Devils would love to dent the hosts’ title hopes, even if they boast an emphatic advantage at this stage.
Anfield has been a fortress for Jurgen Klopp’s side though, and with doubts over Marcus Rashford’s fitness, this is the trickiest assignment of the campaign for the visitors. Our preview covers the latest team news, including predicted line-ups plus the odds and our best bet at 12/5 (3.40).
Liverpool vs Manchester United – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Kick Off Time: 16:30 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Coverage gets underway at 4pm on both channels. Subscribers will also be able to access the broadcast on the SkyGo app.
Liverpool vs Manchester United – The Form Guide
Liverpool have been simply unstoppable so far this season. Boasting a 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League the Reds look set to end their long wait for a top-flight title. They have taken a maximum 33 points from 11 home games so far. That said, Manchester United are the only team to have held the Reds to a draw in the league campaign thus far.
That might give hope to United backers, but 12 points from 11 games away from Old Trafford makes ugly reading for the visitors. Three of those points did come at the expense of champions Manchester City, making United a tricky puzzle for punters to solve.
What is the Team News?
Jurgen Klopp revealed that Fabinho, Joel Matip, and Dejan Lovren are all nearing a return to action. Although the Liverpool boss may prefer not to change a winning formula too much, it will be useful if one or more of them are available for selection. James Milner, Naby Keita, and Nathaniel Clyne are still out.
The big question for Manchester United is the fitness of Marcus Rashford. The England striker came on as a substitute against Wolves on Wednesday night and lasted just 15 minutes before being brought off with an injury. Solskjaer admitted his decision to bring Rashford on had backfired and that he was a doubt for this match.
Paul Pogba hasn’t featured since Boxing Day while Alex Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay are side-lined.
Liverpool Predicted Line-up: Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Firmino, Salah
Manchester United Predicted Line-up: De Gea; Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Fred, James, Greenwood, Mata; Martial
Liverpool vs Manchester United Latest Odds
It’s no surprise to see Liverpool as red-hot favourites. They’re a price of 2/5 (1.40) at Betway to extend their 12-game winning streak. The doubts over Rashford’s involvement have seen United drift to 15/2 (8.50) with Betfair Sportsbook and Unibet. The reverse fixture ended all square at Old Trafford in October and Unibet go 17/4 (5.25) on a repeat.
Liverpool vs Manchester United Score Prediction
It’s tough to see anything other than a Liverpool win here. Even if United can call upon Rashford’s services, the home side have been emphatic in their consistency. Defensively they've found their feet too.
After keeping just two clean sheets in their first 15 Premier League games, Liverpool have now shut out their previous six opponents in this competition. With that in mind, a small wager on Liverpool to win 2-0 at 13/2 (7.50) with bet365 makes some appeal.
Liverpool vs Manchester United Betting Tip
One bet stands out here. That’s the 12/5 (3.40) with Unibet about a penalty being awarded. This lands if either team win a penalty that’s taken, regardless of if it’s scored or not. Manchester United have won eight spot-kicks so far this season, that’s at least four more than anyone else. One of the teams in joint-second though is Liverpool. Even if Rashford misses out, a fiery atmosphere expected and referee Craig Pawson will have a tough afternoon. The 12/5 (3.40) looks solid value on a penalty being awarded at Anfield.
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