Arguably the biggest rivalry in England! Two most accomplished clubs in the country meet up in a huge game this Sunday afternoon as Liverpool host Manchester United! Liverpool have been on an absolute high advancing in UEFA CL and moving up top last week in the league whereas Manchester United have struggled and have been falling out of the top 4 race and are coming off a loss to Valencia in Europe. However, form goes out the window in these fixtures and in these rivalry games absolutely anything can happen! Liverpool may be tipped favourites, but Jose has been able to get the best of Klopp in recent seasons. Can Liverpool go back up top or will Jose’s men ruin the party for the reds?
Liverpool are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. 13W 3D 0L.
Liverpool have won 5 straight league games scoring 13 goals, conceding 1 and keeping 4 clean sheets. Red hot
Liverpool have the best defensive record in the league with only 6 goals conceded. Kept 10 clean sheets.
Liverpool have failed to concede more than 1 goal in 19 consecutive Premier League games
Liverpool have conceded just 1 goal at Anfield in their last 12 league games keeping an incredible 11 clean sheets!
Liverpool are unbeaten in 28 consecutive games at Anfield in the Premier League.
Mo Salah has scored 4 goals in his last 2 apps. He’s also the tied top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals! On Form.
Liverpool’s record against the “BIG 6” this season is 1W 3D 0L. They beat Liverpool and drawn Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
On average there are 2.5 goals scored in Liverpool’s league games this season. 8 Overs 8 Unders (2.5 total).
Man Utd have only won 1 of their last 5 league games. 3D 1L.
Anthony Martial has scored in each game against the BIG 6 opposition this season scoring 4 goals in 3 apps against Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City.
Man Utd have not won against any big 6 sides this season drawing Chelsea and Arsenal while losing to Man City and Tottenham. They’ve conceded 2+ goals in each of those games (10 total).
Man Utd have conceded 26 goals in 16 league games which is 7th worst record in the league. The Bottom 5 and Bournemouth have worse defensive records. Woeful.
On average there are 3.4 goals scored in Man Utd’s league games. 13 Overs 3 Unders (2.5 total).
Man Utd have only managed to keep 2 clean sheets in 16 league games.
Jose Mourinho is unbeaten against Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League. 1W 3D.
The past 2 games at Anfield between these sides ended 0-0.
Man Utd are unbeaten against Liverpool in 8 straight league games. 5W 3D.
Man Utd are unbeaten at Anfield in 4 straight league games. 2W 2D.
The Liverpool attacking star trio (Mane Salah Firmino) are yet to score or assist against Manchester United playing for Liverpool in 855 mins played.
Jose Mourinho has a 50% win record at Anfield in the League winning in 4 of 8 visits there.
The past 5 league meetings between these clubs have only seen 15 bookings (3 per game). Not quite feisty.
Liverpool: Liverpool have been hit with an injury bug defensively as Alexander-Arnold, Gomez and Matip are all injured! This means we can expect Lovren to partner up with van Dijk while Milner could likely start at RB which he’s done in one of the previous game despite Clyne returning who let’s be fair won’t be thrown in such a huge game right away. Otherwise it’s a healthy Liverpool team. We can expect Naby Keita or Fabinho to come into the midfield and play alongside Henderson and Wijnaldum with Milner potentially moved at RB. Up front we can expect Salah, Mane and Firmino all to start together.
Manchester United: Rojo, and Lindelof are both out for Jose Mourinho, while Sanchez, Smalling, Dalot, Martial, Darmian, Shaw and McTominay are all listed as doubtful. It’s an insanely huge injury list for Jose who will have to find ways to pick a good team out there against the league leaders. We can expect Ashley Young to return to start at LB for Rojo, Jones and Bailly will likely make up the partnership at CB while Valencia will continue to start at RB. After failing to impress, Pogba will likely loss his starting spot to Matic who didn’t make the trip to Valencia. De Gea will return to starting in goal also. Lingard and Rashford are both expected to return into the starting lineup for Pereira and Fred. Mata and Lukaku will likely continue to start as Martial is likely to be out.
Betting Tips and Predictions
History and recent H2H says Manchester United, but current season says Liverpool. We’re going with the present events here and are willing to back Liverpool to get the job done in front of their fans. Liverpool are currently on an absolute roll whereas Man Utd are a mess, they’re not getting results and are missing far too many key players including their best player of the season in Martial most likely which is a huge blow and that is why they won’t be able to compete. Man Utd are absolutely woeful defensively and the attacking trio of Liverpool should have a field day. Liverpool are missing players defensively but one player that is still healthy is Virgil van Dijk and he’ll get that backline organised far better than what we can expect for Man Utd therefore we’d be willing to back a Liverpool -1 AH at 1.88. This should also be quite an overish game. Over 2.5 goals is currently priced at 1.72 so it may be best to wait LIVE for the odds to rise. Liverpool alone could very well score 3 goals here with the poor defending that Man Utd have shown, but United may be able to bag a goal themselves too. The final pick is Salah to score anytime at 1.89. Despite the Liverpool attacking trio historically struggling against United, it really is time for them to step up in this fixture, United aren’t as strong defensively as they were in years past and that’s why that Liverpool attack will rinse them and Salah will get a goal due to his incredible run of form recently. Our prediction is a 3-1 Liverpool win and Salah to get on the scoresheet at least once!
Match Odds (Unibet)
Liverpool Win – 1.56
Draw – 4.40
Manchester United Win – 6.45
KICK OFF – 16th December 2018 – 4pm UK Time