Manchester United V Liverpool
Saturday 12th September. 5:30PM. Sky Sports 1
After a memorable week of international football, Premier League action returns this weekend and we couldn’t have asked for a better match to keep us entertained on Saturday night. It’s Manchester United v Liverpool!
English football’s two most successful clubs might not be in their best ever positions, but this derby will always carry huge importance to the Premier League campaign. Both teams know how important this could be to their respective battles for Champions League football, even at this early stage.
It’s set to be an absolute thriller at the Theatre of Dreams. Prepare yourselves for a classic.
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Van Gaal Set To Continue Dominance
Louis van Gaal’s first year at Old Trafford wasn’t perfect, but he did deliver two great things. The first was Champions League qualification; the other was two wins over their biggest rivals. Can the Dutchman continue his dominance against the Anfield club?
The Red Devils will certainly be confident. Manchester United might have faced some criticisms over their summer spending, but there’s no doubt the team looks stronger than it did this time 12 months ago. If the club can convince David De Gea to return between the sticks, they should be in for a fantastic chance of gaining three points here.
Manchester United’s main troubles have been in the attacking third so far. However, with skipper Wayne Rooney in high spirits after his international exploits, the hosts should be confident of goals. Meanwhile, the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin will all be eager to show the Stretford End what the can do.
It remains to be seen whether new teen addition Anthony Martial is ready for this fixture. Either way, Old Trafford will expect a win over their fierce rivals.
Coutinho Suspension Could Be Key For Liverpool
Liverpool had started the season so well, but a disastrous loss to West Ham has got the pressure mounting on Brendan Rodgers once more. If they do leave Old Trafford with a defeat, the Northern Irishman might already be skating on thin ice.
Worryingly for Rodgers, he will be without two of his best attacking players. While Daniel Sturridge is still out through injury, influential playmaker Philippe Coutinho misses out through suspension after his red card against the Hammers. With Adam Lallana also out injured, it could pile a whole weight of expectation on the young shoulder of Jordan Ibe.
However, the Reds will hope that the loss to West Ham was nothing more than a bad day at the office. After all, they had claimed seven points from an available nine prior to that loss – including a 0-0 draw with Arsenal, which they would have won had it not been for Petr Cech’s heroics.
Liverpool are still a quality side on their day, and Christian Benteke will always pose a threat. You just worry that the long list of absentees could be crucial.
Manchester United V Liverpool Betting
This is an encounter that could go either way, but the hosts have to be considered favourites. Those sentiments are perfectly reflected by Bet365’s odds of 17/20 for Manchester United, against 7/2 for Liverpool. The draw can be backed at 5/2.
There’s always plenty of passion on display whenever these sides meet, and we don’t expect it to be any different when they collide at Old Trafford.
Both of last season’s matches ended with three goals. With the likes of Rooney, Depay and Benteke on display, there’s no reason to think there won’t be plenty more here.
Over 2.5 match goals @ 11/10 with Bet365
As far as goalscorers are concerned, Rooney has to stand out as the main candidate. It’s already been a record week for the England man, and the boyhood Everton fan could end it in fitting style by sinking Liverpool.
Rooney hasn’t started 2015/16 in the greatest fashion, but Saturday’s showdown could be the perfect opportunity to get it up and running in style.
Wayne Rooney to score anytime & Manchester United win @ 3/1 with Coral