Liverpool FC vs Manchester United: English Premier League Match Preview And Betting Prediction
Liverpool remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple after defeating Manchester City 3-2 on Saturday to advance to the FA Cup final. Can they now beat the red half of Manchester to go top and apply some pressure on Manchester City?
Once England’s premier club, the Red Devils have faded in recent years while their biggest rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated English football and enjoyed sterling European campaigns.
As a result of years of terrible on and off-pitch decisions, United now find themselves in a position where they can affect where the English Premier League is headed to this year without being able to participate in the title race.
The Red Devils were beaten 5-0 by Tuesday’s visitors earlier this season at Old Trafford. They will be eager to reclaim some pride, derail Liverpool’s title challenge and position themselves better for a place in the top four by winning this game.
Read on below for our comprehensive pregame review!
Liverpool vs Manchester United H2H
Manchester United’s old reputation is reflected in the overall H2H record of this fixture. The Manchester giants have won 25 games, four more than Liverpool’s 21 wins. The two teams have also split the points 4 times.
Their recent form is reflected in their EPL standings. Liverpool, with 73 points from 31 games, are 3 places and 19 points clear of 5th-placed Manchester United.
Their last ten H2H games also reflect Liverpool’s current superiority. The Merseyside team have won 4 games, double the amount of Manchester United’s two wins. The fixture has also ended in a draw four times in the last ten games.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 8 games. The Merseyside team have won three and drawn two of their last five games. (Form: W-D-D-W-W)
Manchester United have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five games. (Form: W-L-D-L-W)
Liverpool vs Manchester United Team News
The Liverpool squad is almost 100% healthy with just one absence – young centre back, Rhys Williams.
Although both games are just three days apart, we expect Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp to pick his strongest available team.
Our expected Liverpool lineup: Alisson, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
Several senior members of the Manchester United squad are expected to miss this game, namely: Fred (hip), Edinson Cavani (calf), Scott McTominay (foot) and Raphael Varane (muscle). Luke Shaw is also a doubt for the after undergoing a surgery to remove two screws he had put in after his horrific 2015 injury. Cristiano Ronaldo will also miss the game after suffering a family tragedy.
Our expected Manchester United lineup: David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry McGuire, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga, Jesse Lingard. (4-2-3-1)
Liverpool vs Manchester United Predictions
Mohamed Salah has scored 20 goals in 29 EPL games already this season, but his form dropped off a cliff after he returned from January’s AFCON tournament.
Of the five goals he has scored since his return, three have been penalties. He also hasn’t scored for six games.
If any game could revive the Egyptian forward’s form, it would be this fixture. Salah has scored 7 goals in the last five H2H games between both teams, including a hattrick earlier this season at Old Trafford.
He also received the Man of The Match award in two of their last three games. He will be hoping to add some more goals against Manchester United today.
Punt: Mo Salah, anytime goalscorer.
Manchester United will face an uphill challenge at Anfield tonight. The last three times these two sides met, Liverpool recorded a staggering 50 shots. The away team are also currently on a six-year run without a victory at Anfield…
It’s hard to see how a defense that couldn’t stop Norwich, the bottom-ranked team in division from scoring twice, can keep Liverpool, the EPL team with the most goals scored this season, at bay. We’re going with the expert prediction here: Liverpool home win.
Other Relevant Stats
With just four losses this season, Liverpool have one of the best records in Europe.
A staggering 16 goals have been scored over their last three H2H games.
There have also been over 8.5 corners and over 2.5 bookings in their last three H2H games.
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