100% Liverpool Travel to Old Trafford
Last updated: October 16, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Man United 0 – 0 Liverpool|
The international break is over, and we look forward to one of the most anticipated fixtures in the Premier League as Manchester United host Liverpool in the North-West derby. Liverpool will be looking to continue their 100% start to the campaign against bitter rivals United who could plunge into the relegation zone with a defeat.
Mentioning Manchester United and relegation in the same sentence sounds like a plot from the Twilight Zone but heading into Sunday’s game, United are just two points ahead of the dropzone. Despite paying more in wages than any other club in the history of the league, United cannot buy success at the moment, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are on a five-match winless streak. The thirteen times Premier League winners look a shadow of their former selves, and a defeat against Liverpool will pile more pressure on the Red Devils.
A glimmer of hope for United fans will be the results against the ‘big six’ this season; a 4-0 mauling of Chelsea in the first game of the season and a credible albeit uninspiring 1-1 draw against Arsenal. However, these two results have been the exception rather than the norm as United have suffered their worst start to a season in 30 years. Defeats against Crystal Palace, Newcastle, and West Ham. Letting Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku leave in the summer looks to have backfired dramatically, and goal-shy United have been forced to turn to academy graduates 19-year-old Tahith Chong and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood to provide the threat.
The situation couldn’t be any more different at Liverpool. The bookies favourite to win the Premier League this year could not have done any more, sitting top of the table with a 100% record and a substantial 8-point lead over nearest challengers Manchester City after just eight games. Such is the confidence at Anfield that many fans are claiming that Liverpool could “do an Arsenal” and emulate the legendary ‘invincibles’ team of the 2003-04 season although more level-headed fans of the Reds will be well aware that Liverpool are the only team to top the table at Christmas and fail to win the league on two occasions.
While United are turning to youngsters, Liverpool’s established players are producing the goods. Mohamed Salah is having a great start to the campaign with six goals and three assists in all competitions and in terms of chances created, Alexander-Arnold (28) is becoming an integral part of the team. The £75 million defender Van Dijk is starting to look like a bargain with two man-of-the-match performances so far this season and a passing percentage of 87.1% in the league. Robert Firminio is also in fine form, the Brazilian has three goals and three assists and has an average match rating of 7.66.
United, despite having their worst start to a PL campaign, have a good record against the ‘big six’, beating Chelsea 4 – 0 and drawing 1 – 1 against Arsenal.
Solskjaer after his impressive twelve games unbeaten start to his PL managerial career has been in charge of seventeen more games, winning four, drawing five and losing eight.
Liverpool’s next five fixtures include; Man United, Tottenham, Carabao cup match against Arsenal, Aston Villa, and a six-pointer against Manchester City.
A win for Liverpool at Old Trafford would match Chelsea’s record for the best start to a Premier League when they won 9 out of 9 in the 2005-06 season.
|Manchester United (4-3-3):||Romero, Dalot, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, Mata, James, Rashford|
|Subs:||Williams, Gomes, Rojo, Matic, Greenwood, Lingard, Chong|
|Injured:||Bailly, Jones, Lingard|
|Doubtful:||Shaw, Pogba, Lindeloef, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Martial, De Gea|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane|
|Subs:||Kelleher, Gomez, Henderson, Keita, Lallana, Origi, Elliot|
|Injured:||Clyne, Shaqiri, Matip|
So Far This Season
|Manchester United This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|2 (0)||Wins (away)||8 (4)|
|4 – 0 v Chelsea||Biggest Win||4 – 1 v Norwich|
|3 (2)||Draws (away)||0|
|0 – 2 West Ham||Biggest Defeat||—|
|James (3)||Top Goal Scorer||Mane (5)|
|Y19, R0||Discipline||Y7, R0|
|2||Failures to Score||0|
|50%||Both Teams to Score Games||75%|
|25%||Over 2.5 Goals||87.5%|
|75%||Under 2.5 Goals||12.5%|
- Man United and Liverpool is a regular fixture with 54 matches between the sides. United have won twice the number of the matches with 28 wins against Liverpool’s 14 and 12 draws.
- The last six matches in this fixture have seen one win for both sides and 4 draws.
- Liverpool is the second highest-scoring team in the league with 20 goals, only Man City (27) have scored more and despite just two clean sheets they have just conceded 6 goals, the lowest tally.
- Liverpool has an average of 3 chances created per match compared to United’s 1.13 and an average of 2.5 goals per match against United’s 1.13.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|24/02/2019||English Premier League||Man United 0 – 0 Liverpool td>||—|
|16/12/2018||English Premier League||Liverpool 3 – 1 Man United||Mane 24′|
|10/03/2018||English Premier League||Man United 2 – 1 Liverpool||Rashford 14′|
|14/10/2017||English Premier League||Liverpool 0 – 0 Man United||—|
|15/01/2017||English Premier League||Man United 1 – 1 Liverpool||Milner 24’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Liverpool are favourites in every match they play this season with the best-balanced team in the league. On paper, this should be a clean sweep for the European Champions, but football, as they say, is a funny old game. A United win could belatedly kick-start their season, but you do question where are the goals going to come from, and with goalkeeper De Gea suffering an injury while on international duty with Spain it could be a nervy day for United fans. This game could be a classic, but it seems to us that a tight, cagey affair is more likely and a single goal could settle it. Therefore we predict a narrow 1-0 win for Liverpool with both teams to score ‘no’. You can get odds of 7/1 for a 1-0 win for Liverpool at 888sport.