Liverpool vs Manchester United: Match Preview and Odds
Liverpool host fierce rivals, Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday in a mouth-watering top of the table clash. Last season’s league champions, Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League, three points behind the weekend’s visitors. Here at freebet.com we preview the much-anticipated showdown, offering odds from our popular betting partner, William Hill.
Team News - Matip key for Liverpool
Having lost first-choice central defenders, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term injuries, Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Joel Matip. Matip’s fitness could be a key factor in deciding the outcome of this match. If he’s fit then he’s likely to slot in alongside Fabinho at the heart of the Liverpool defence. However, if he fails to prove his fitness then Reds manager, Jurgen Klopp, will have to choose between the vastly inexperienced Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams or drop Jordan Henderson back from central midfield. In a game of this magnitude, Liverpool will not want to lose their captain from the engine room.
Visitors, Manchester United, have no such injury problems but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face several selection dilemmas. None more so in deciding who will lead the line at Anfield. Edinson Cavani is now arguably Manchester United’s first-choice centre forward yet the Red Devils may opt for the pace of Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood. If the United front three consists of Martial, Greenwood and Marcus Rashford then it is safe to assume United will be hoping to hit Liverpool on the counter-attack. In most cases, when the visiting team hopes to play on the counter-attack, the first goal could prove vital. If Manchester United score first, Liverpool will have to push up, leaving them vulnerable at the back however if the home side strike first then they can afford to sit a little deeper and nullify the pace of the Manchester United forward line. Bare this in mind if considering betting in-play.
Sunday’s fixture will see the Premier League’s two highest-scoring teams fight it out for local bragging rights. With a combined 71 goals from their first 17 league games of the season, we should expect goals at Anfield. At 4/6, over 2.5 match goals is likely to be one of the most popular betting markets. If you’re looking for something at a bigger price then what about the 8/1 on offer for both teams to score in both halves?
Manchester United have raced to the top of the Premier League summit having put together an impressive unbeaten run in the league. The Red Devils have not lost a Premier League game since their 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on November 1st. They’ve not lost an away league game in over a year. That defeat ironically came in this fixture last season with Liverpool winning 2-0.
Liverpool’s faltering form has seen them go three league games without a win, including a 1-0 defeat at Southampton last time out. However, the Reds’ league form at Anfield is staggering. Jurgen Klopp’s side have not lost a home league game in over three years.
Given Liverpool’s superb home form and the magnitude of what is at stake on Sunday, a score draw is a real possibility. The 11/2 on offer for a 1-1 draw is incredibly generous.
If you’re new to William Hill you may not be aware of their hugely popular #YourOdds specials. The popular bookmaker will take huge amounts of bet requests on social media and compile the most popular bets on their site ahead of kick-off. Here are some of the #YourOdds specials currently trending.
- Over 2 goals, over 3 cards, over 10 corners – 3/1
- Each team over 1 corner in each half – 3/1
- Liverpool to win, BTTS, Man Utd most cards & Liverpool most corners – 15/2
- Bruno Fernandes to score, each team over 1 card & each team over 3 corners – 9/1
- Mohamed Salah & Marcus Rashford both to score, Jordan Henderson & Harry Maguire both to be carded – 75/1
Liverpool - Evens
Draw – 14/5
Manchester United – 5/2
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