Liverpool vs Manchester United, 16 DEC 18
The Liverpool vs Manchester United rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in the football world, and the North West Derby is the match where form or table position doesn’t matter too much. These sides are the two most successful clubs of English football, both in Premier League or European competitions, and this fixture is by many regarded as the biggest fixture in English football for years.
Liverpool vs Manchester United head to head
The Red Devils had more success in their history - 88 games won compared to 75 won by Liverpool, with 65 draws.
Man Utd had more success in recent games. Since 2000 they managed to win 20 out of 36 league games, and are unbeaten in last 8 Premier League games against Liverpool, since the 0-3 defeat in March 2014. However, they were beaten in Europa League game in 2016.
Liverpool vs Manchester United stats
Liverpool are topping the table since last weekend, and they owe a favor to Chelsea, who inflicted Manchester City the first defeat of the season. Of course, they are in fantastic form at the moment and will host their fierce rivals from Manchester after 5 straight league wins. They scored 13 goals and conceded only once in the process. They also did the job in Champions League during midweek and qualified from the group phase after beating Napoli 1-0.
Man Utd fans will travel to Anfield after another disappointing display of their team. Phil Jones’ own goal in the Champions League match against Valencia took the media networks by storm, but it would be ridiculous to blame Phil Jones for their poor season. To be fair, United has already qualified from the group stage and has already one eye on Liverpool match. But they could have won the group H with a win and make things easier, as Juventus were stunned by Young Boys the same.
A bigger problem for Jose Mourinho is their domestic form, as they managed to beat only struggling Fulham in last 5 league games. They are far from title contenders, and with 16 points behind leaders Liverpool FC, and are rivaled by the likes of Everton and Bournemouth for the Europa League spot.
Liverpool vs Manchester United team news
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has several injury problems ahead of this match. The latest injury blow for The Reds is defender Joel Matip and he will join an already lengthy list of players who are sidelined.
Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne, Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and James Milner are all already out.
Jose Mourinho could be forced to field the same defense which had a torrid time at Valencia, as Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, and Mateo Darmian are all out probably. United has few more players on the treatment table though - Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot and Scott McTominay.
David De Gea and Nemanja Matic were rested in midweek and are definite starters at Anfield, with Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard also expected to start. Paul Pogba was handed a rare start in midweek, but that definitely won’t guarantee him the place in first 11 on Sunday.
Liverpool vs Manchester United predictions
Manchester United sit sixth in the standings at the moment and definitely have a lot to do in order to force their way back into the top-four of English football.
If they can keep their good record against Liverpool on Sunday, that would be a step in the right direction, but this time they seem to be way behind their arch-rivals. Jose Mourinho will have to work his magic in order to take something from Anfield, and to be fair - that wouldn’t be a big surprise, never mind table standings and points difference.
United probably won’t have a go at Liverpool in this match, and we can expect Mourinho to “park a bus” on Sunday. On the other hand, the United defense is far from being reliable, and even de Gea had a few mistakes this season. Although recent meetings between Liverpool and United were far from goal fests, with plenty of injured players on both sides, especially at the back, this match could bring us a few goals.
When we talk about goals, we have to mention attacking talent on both sides. Attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane is having another good season, while on the other hand there are several star players who are struggling at United this year. Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku were scorers in Red Devils’ last league win though and will hope to continue in the same manner.
There are a lot of things which are not right at United at the moment. Looking at the league table, this is a match between a league leader and mid-table side, but everybody on Anfield on Sunday will know it’s more than 3 points to be taken here. Liverpool will need another 3 points in order to stay in first place after this round finished, while will need a good display in order to gain some confidence and belief that they compete with the best in England and Europe.
Although this season stats speak for itself, this is a very difficult match to predict and it is really hard to come out with some reasonable betting tips. You can’t blame anyone who backs Liverpool to win at 4/7, and on the other hand, the price of 5/1 for United against anyone, is not something you get every day.
It is a question where the goals for United are going to come in this match, and on the other hand, Liverpool is under pressure to stay in front. Both sides will be under the pressure, different kind of pressure though, but in reality, this match has home win all over it.
But, let’s leave expectations and hopes for the fans when we talk about betting. Probably the best bet in this match is Under 2.5 goals, which is available at 6/5 (2.20) at Betfred, as another low scoring affair could be on the cards. With plenty of regular defenders unavailable for this match, it maybe can be expected that both managers start the match with cautious. If United turn up in this game, anything might happen, but they are simply in absolute disorder. After display at Valencia, it is hard to expect them to take anything from this match, but another dull draw won’t be a big surprise.