Unless a huge surprise happens, this season’s title is going to end up in the hands of Manchester City. But, who’s gonna finish as the runner-up still remains a mystery. Right now, Manchester United has only 2 points more than Liverpool, but that can change easily as this Saturday these two meet at the Old Trafford.
Here’s a Manchester United vs. Liverpool match preview to help you make up your mind on which team to back in this duel. There are also betting tips at the end that’ll hopefully help you make some cash!
Manchester United vs. Liverpool match preview
It’s true that Mourinho’s side has been under a lot of scrutiny by the fans and the media this season, but the fact is that they’ve actually been doing really well so far. It‘s just that the expectations were much larger – after spending hundreds of million on signings, everyone was expecting the Red Devils to win all the trophies out there.
Of course, ending up on the 2nd spot in the Premier League is a pretty impressive achievement, knowing how tough the competition is. Manchester Utd are competing not only against Liverpool for that spot, but Tottenham as well. What this means is that failure on Saturday is not an option for the Red Devils. They do have what it takes to beat Liverpool, there’s no doubt about that. Actually, with the players like de Gea, Pogba, Sanchez, and Lukaku, this team seems capable of beating literally any opponent in the world.
Furthermore, they’ll have a massive support from the stands, as the game is played in front of their crowd at the Old Trafford, where this team has won 11 out of 14 games in the Premier League. Manchester United have allowed only 6 goals at home, but the problem is that they’re taking on the side that’s scored the most away goals this season!
The mere fact that the Reds have scored 34 in 14 away games shows how impressive their attack has been. Mohamed Salah has particularly been impressive, with 24 league games to his name so far, which makes him share the 1st spot on the best-scorer list with Harry Kane. Firmino has also been very fruitful this season with 13 Premier League games so far.
Although they have been great in the attack, their defense hasn’t been that great, especially in the first half of the season. The things seem to have gotten better since Virgil Van Dijk has joined the club, but the back line still seems to be Liverpool’s weakest link. Liverpool did allow only 1 goal in previous 5 matches, but truth be told, they didn’t face such as strong opponent as Manchester Utd in those games.
Manchester United absentees:
- Daley Blind (injury)
- Marouane Fellaini (injury)
- Ander Herrera (injury)
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (injury)
- Phil Jones (injury)
- Anthony Martial (doubtful)
- Marcos Rojo (doubtful)
- Nathaniel Clyne (injury)
- Georginio Wijnaldum (injury)
Manchester United: De Gea – Lindelof, Smalling, Valencia, Young – Pogba, Matic, Lingard – Rashford, Sanchez, Lukaku
Liverpool: Karius – van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson – Can, Henderson, Milner – Mane, Salah, Firmino
Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Match Prediction
The history thought us that duels between these two sides are always close. In their previous four meetings, the outcome was a draw, something that might very well happen this time. I think we’re going to see a draw if not at the end of all 90 minutes then after first 45.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool Betting Tips
Full Time Draw @3.40 (bet365)
Half Time Draw @2.10 (bet365)