Liverpool face Manchester United at Anfield this Sunday. The match kicks off at 17:30 and will be screened live on Sky Sports in the UK.
How Manchester United would love to dent Liverpool’s title ambitions by winning away at Anfield. However, even if Solskjaer’s side won this fixture (which is unlikely), it would not affect the outcome of the Premier League title race. Liverpool’s dominance this season has been total. Currently, they sit on top of the table with a 14 point led over nearest rivals Manchester City.
For Manchester United, this game is more about saving face than winning points. If they can put on a decent show against the old enemy, United fans will come away from Anfield happy. Solskjaer’s reds will not be challenging for major honours this season, and a coveted fourth place spot also looks out of reach. In light of this, a draw against a quality Liverpool team would feel like a win for Manchester United fans.
In midfield, Manchester United look extremely vulnerable. Paul Pogba has only played seven times for the reds this season, and will miss this game too, he was recently joined in the treatment room by midfield partner Scott McTominay. On a positive note, defender Eric Bailly looks close to returning to the first team. Liverpool, on the other hand, have close to a full squad available. With the exceptions of James Milner and Dejan Lovren who are still ruled out.
Taking a look at the previous seven meetings between the two teams reveals some interesting betting opportunities. Liverpool and United have drawn five times in those games. The most recent coming in 1-1 draw at Old Trafford back in October. Betfair has priced up the draw for this weekend at 15/4 – a decent bet. If you want to back Liverpool for the win, the odds stand at 2/5. United are 7/1 to produce a surprise away victory. Betfair quotes in-form United striker Marcus Rashford is 5/2 to score anytime. Liverpool fans might fancy a cheeky punt on Sadio Mane at 16/5 to score first.
Despite this fixture often disappointing as a spectacle, Liverpool Vs Manchester United is one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season. In some respects, form goes out the window when these two meet – As such, I can see this game ending in a low scoring draw.