Manchester United and Liverpool will square off in the biggest fixture in English football this weekend at Old Trafford.
It’d be an understatement to suggest that the Red Devils have had a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign, with their last six games serving as a clear indication of that. While they were able to scrape past Astana in the Europa League, they were unable to follow it up in the EPL with a 2-0 defeat at West Ham to follow. They limped towards a penalty shootout win over Rochdale, and couldn’t get the job done against Arsenal in a 1-1 draw.
A lifeless 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar served as the warm-up act for their worst result of the season so far when they lost to Newcastle United. With all of the games maxing out at two goals, it isn’t likely to be the kind of goalfest that a lot of Liverpool fans might be hoping for.
As they sit atop the Premier League table with a comfortable lead over Manchester City, the European champions are dreaming of life as the Champions of England once again.
They were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in the Champions League but quickly shook that off in their next game, edging past an incredibly game RB Salzburg. In the Carabao Cup they eased to victory over MK Dons, and they kept that same energy in the Premier League. In all three of their last EPL games they only won by one goal against Leicester, Sheffield United and Chelsea, but getting the job done was always going to be the key.
The Reds are used to seeing goals aplenty, but that may not be the case here.
When it comes to derby days you never truly can know what to expect one way or another, and while some fans don’t consider this to be much of a derby day, these two teams have a genuine dislike for each other.
While United have been poor to start off the new season, one thing that can be said in their favour is that they aren’t all too bad from a defensive standpoint. With that in mind, we could understand why some fans would take a punt on the draw (14/5), but we just can’t bring ourselves to commit to the idea.
We’re picturing a scenario in which Liverpool are pretty hesitant to pull the trigger, mainly because they’re well aware of what’s at stake in the title race. We can’t imagine it’s going to be a high scoring one, which is why we’re looking at the under 2.5 goals at 11/10, but we do think Liverpool will walk away from Manchester with their arm raised at odds of 13/20 for the victory.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 13/20 and the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10. (All odds are taken from bet365).
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