Liverpool V Manchester United
Sunday 17th January. 2:05PM. Sky Sports 1
The Premier League’s fiercest rivalry resumes at Anfield on Sunday as Manchester United are the visitors against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. However, this showdown is far more important than just bragging rights; it’s additionally a crucial battle in the race for Champions League football.
Both great clubs have had their wobbles throughout 2015/16, but both remain in the hunt for a top four finish. Who will strike a major blow to their opponents here?
Whatever happens, it should be an intense encounter. We can hardly wait.
Can Klopp Build On Late Draw Against Arsenal
Injuries have made it a difficult start to life in England for Klopp, but the Reds will be in a positive mood after snatching a late lead against Arsenal on Wednesday. If the hosts can mastermind a victory against their bitter rivals here, then their hopes of Champions League qualification could be well and truly back on the table.
Liverpool have enjoyed a decent run at home too, losing just twice at Anfield this season and picking up eight from the last 12 available. The Reds will be particularly happy to see Roberto Firmino scoring goals ahead of this huge derby while the quality of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can can give them a decent presence throughout the middle.
Defensive injuries and worries have been well documented, and those weaknesses showed against Arsenal. However, the Reds will fancy a much easier time of things against an away side that has been uncharacteristically boring this term.
With the Kop in full voice too, the Reds will give it their all. It might just be enough to sneak the points.
Rampant Rooney To Continue Resurgence?
It has been a difficult season for Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney, but the England star has found a return to the scoresheet in recent weeks and is also starting to perform like the player of old too. If he brings that form to Anfield, he could turn out to be the match-winner once more as he takes on the team he’d love to beat most.
However, it hasn’t been all plain-sailing for the visitors and Louis van Gaal knows that he faces a serious battle against Liverpool. The Red Devils have come under a lot of criticism this campaign for playing an unattractive brand of football while they also enter this game on the back of a four game winless streak away from Old Trafford.
On the other hand, Van Gaal boasts a great record against Liverpool. In addition to last year’s victories, this season’s reverse clash was a 3-1 victory that will always be remembered for the emergence of Anthony Martial – who would love to repeat that magic at Anfield.
If they win, the visitors go six points clear of Liverpool. But if they lose, then the two rivals will be all square just outside the top four. The stakes could scarcely be higher, which is why we think it’ll be a classic.
Liverpool V Manchester United Betting
With home advantage on their side, Liverpool are the bookmakers’ favourite at odds of 17/10 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Manchester United are priced 5/2 and the draw is available at 9/4.
Both sides were involved in thrilling 3-3 draws on Wednesday night, and those defensive wobbles could be a key factor again here. However, there is no doubt that the Manchester United backline is in better shape than Liverpool’s, and that makes us believe that Van Gaal could make it four from four.
Having said that, it’s hard to back an away side that is in such poor form to win. Therefore, we suggest taking the safety net of a refund by backing the 0 Asian handicap.
Manchester United 0 Asian handicap @ 27/20 with Bet365
If the visitors are to produce a victory, then there’s a very good chance that their skipper will be at the heart of things. Rooney has netted four in his last three appearances, which suggests he could be in the middle of a purple patch. There would be no better way to confirm this than with a goal at Anfield.
With Liverpool’s defence looking shaky at best, we’re backing the Red Devils captain to pounce.
Wayne Rooney to score anytime @ 11/4 with Bet365