Man Utd v Liverpool Betting Preview
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Predicted Starting XI
The international break has come at the right time for the home side. United have a handful of important players on the treatment table who look to be close to returning. They hope to be able to welcome back Wan Bissaka, Martial and Shaw, with the first two likely to jump straight back into the team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær will have his fingers crossed that France and England give Martial and Wan Bissaka time to recover fully, and don’t rush them back too early during the qualifiers. There’s every chance too. England is well-stocked at right-back and France has an abundance of attacking options.
For all of Manchester United’s lack of numbers in attack, Martial, Rashford and James bring a lot of pace and energy. The right set of circumstances and they can flourish and get their Premier League season back on track.
A lot of what makes Liverpool so lethal is the front 3, who saved them for a shock defeat in the Champions League. Klopp will be hoping Salah, Mane and Firmino come back from the international break fit. Their biggest battle will be the jetlag, chances are they will start Origi and bring either Mane or Firmino off the bench.
Salah’s knock against Leicester could put him in jeopardy although he has 2 weeks to recover.
Liverpool has not been the same at the back this year, whether that’s due to a loss of form or other teams working them out. The injured Matip has been the exception this season, he’s been nominated for player of the month for September. He’s close to training and Liverpool will be hoping he’s fit for the trip to Manchester because they look pretty porous without him.
Otherwise, there’s the usual rotation in midfield with Fabinho the likely starter in the holding role and then Klopp will pick two others between Wijnaldum, Henderson and Milner. Klopp likes to lean on Milner after the international break so he’s likely to be one of the 3 and we fancy Wijnaldum to get the nod for this one.
Head to head
For decades, United was the dominant force. If they weren’t slugging it out for the league with Arsenal they were neck and neck with Chelsea. During that time, Liverpool was a top 6 team, at most, with the potential to go well in the cup competitions.
These days, it’s flipped. Liverpool is competing on all fronts and United will do well to finish in the top 4. Liverpool is the dominant team. However, that hasn’t necessarily translated into the head to head matchups.
In the last 10 meetings, United have the edge. There have been 5 draws, with united coming out the victor 3 times. The last three meetings have produced a draw and a win for either side.
Liverpool is unbeaten this season. If they win this game, they will break the record for the longest stretch of consecutive wins. But the timing of this game makes it a leveller. Liverpool is traditionally prone to slips after international breaks, with their front 3 jet-lagged from long flights. It’s been nip and tuck between these two for a while and there’s every chance this one will too.
History says, there’s not a lot between these two teams but on this occasion, it’s extremely difficult to see Manchester United winning this one. They are not good enough to keep Liverpool from scoring and they are hardly prolific in front of goal themselves, having managed to score 2 or more goals in a game, once this season.
That suggests that the most likely of results is either a Liverpool win or United doing what no other team has managed to do and keeping Liverpool to a draw.
So which will it be?
The question to be answered is, Will Liverpool struggle to get going coming back from the international break?
We believe Liverpool will continue their run of just doing enough to get the result. They scraped a win with a last-minute penalty against Leicester and needed a goalkeeping error against Sheffield United. We fancy them to have enough about them to get a result.
Build A Bet
We love to build a bet, especially with a tight game like this. It helps to make it build the value in the bet. Here’s what we are looking at:
Both Teams to Score
Liverpool has scored every game this season. United have not been prolific, far from it, but they have scored in every premier league fixture so far. Plus, Liverpool are not as miserly defensively as they used to be.
Mane to score
Mane has either scored in every game this season or he has missed a glorious opportunity to. He is the top scorer of 2019 and he’s like a machine. International breaks don’t seem to impact him at all.
You’ll likely get good odds for the over. Because United have only scored 9 goals this season so they are not a prime candidate for the over. However, Liverpool are porous and are likely to concede, plus they’ve scored 2 goals in 80% of the matches in 2019.
Bet of the Week
Rashford to score first at 7-1. Chances are, Liverpool will start slow, coming back from the international break they often take time to hit their stride. Couple this with the Old Trafford crowd baying for blood and we fancy United to start well and get on the scoresheet first.
Rashford has been through a dry spell, but he’s the most likely player to get on the scoresheet and although he has never been prolific, he is definitely high quality.