Liverpool v Manchester United Betting Tips & Predictions - Sunday 19th January 2020

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Liverpool approach this North West derby standing just one victory away from equalling Manchester City’s record of 18-consecutive Premier League wins. This incredible run of form wasn’t enough to earn a league title last year but it has put them eight points clear early on this campaign. Although there’s a long way to go, Liverpool are in a truly commanding position as they eye up a first ever Premier League trophy.

It must hurt United to see their two biggest rivals so far ahead of them right now and it would hurt even more if the pair were to jointly hold the record for consecutive PL victories. Fierce rivals United would love nothing more than to halt Liverpool’s early momentum and ensure they narrowly miss out on making the history books, even if it did help City.

Current form suggests that this may be wishful thinking but nothing will get their tails up more than delivering such a sweetly timed defeat to a club they view with such disdain. It’s not a fixture that’s always delivered on goals in recent years but rest assured there will be an abundance of talking points come full time at Old Trafford.

Top Tips

Draw @ 14/5

Under 2.5 goals @ evens

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Manchester United News: Martial back in training

Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium During Match
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A bright start to the season for French forward Anthony Martial came to a grinding halt with the youngster shut down by a troublesome hamstring problem. It was initially considered to be a fairly minor issue but an extremely slow road to recovery has seen the forward miss the last eight matches for his club. An end is finally in sight now though as the 23-year-old made his way back to training this week. Providing he experiences no signs of discomfort alongside his teammates, a timely return this weekend appears most likely and he would give United’s misfiring forward line an extra dimension, even from the bench.

Wan-Bissaka, Pogba and Shaw in full contention

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t had too much to cheer about in recent weeks but a triple injury boost ahead of such a big game will no doubt lifts his spirits a little and those of the fans too. Not only is Martial a real possibility for this game but the Norwegian manager looks set to have Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw also available for selection. Both Pogba and Wan-Bissaka picked up minor problems shortly before the international break while Luke Shaw has been sidelined since lasting just half an hour in August’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Pressure Mounting

It was recently revealed that the wage bill at Old Trafford is the highest in Premier League history. What, exactly, does £332m get you? Well, right now it has delivered United’s worst start in some 30 years, a record that might please David Moyes but not too many other people ever connected with the club.

With Mauricio Pochettino struggling at Spurs rumours are rife that the Argentine is set to replace Solskjaer. That may or may not be true but another thing we don’t know is whether or not the current incumbent at Old Trafford could survive a big home loss to their most bitter rivals. There is a lot of pressure on United and their Norwegian boss and a bad result here could be the final straw.

Liverpool News: Allison & Matip set to return

Kop End at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium

Having made solid progress during the international break, Allison is ready to make his rather long awaited comeback from injury. Struck down during the opening game of the season, Liverpool’s number one shot-stopper hasn’t appeared since but a return appears on the cards now. As solid a deputy as Adrian has proved to be over the last few months, he’ll surely make way here with no question marks remaining over Allison’s fitness. Also set to make his way back into the starting XI is defensive lynchpin Joel Matip, who missed wins over Leipzig and Leicester due to a minor knock.

Analysis: Ignore the form guide

If you were going by recent form there’s no way an out-of-sorts Man Utd stands any chance against a Liverpool side that’s won 17 consecutive Premier League games. This fixture has often stopped Jurgen Klopp’s men in their tracks though and they’ve gone over five and a half years without a win at Old Trafford as a result. Players are well aware of the history and rivalry this game carries and it’s something that will have a big impact on how things pan out here. Equally you can guarantee that the atmosphere inside the ground will be electric.

Returning players to lift United

It’s been quite some time since United managed to impress us but to be fair to Solskjaer he’s endured an injured ravaged season so far. One of the few times he’s had all his stars available, his men embarrassed Chelsea 4-0 on home soil, showing what a capable side they are on their day. Providing Pogba, Martial, Shaw and Wan-Bissaka can make their returns, we’ll see a much more convincing Red Devils than the side that lost 1-0 to Newcastle before the international break. Given that Liverpool have traditionally struggled on this ground too, a hard-fought draw will be within United’s capabilities.

Defences to come out on top

When it comes to betting on under 2.5 goals (evens), United matches have proved most profitable this season. Across all competitions, the Red Devils’ last eight matches have all been winning selections thanks to their solid defence but wholly uninspired attack.

A returning Martial will inject some life into their forward play but a full strength Liverpool backline will be so hard to break down. Klopp’s men looked a little shaky to say the least when hosting Salzburg in the Champions League but not only was Matip missing that day but the Austrian’s are exceptionally attack-minded.

Liverpool have the league’s best defensive record for a reason and with United having only shipped in two more, everything is set for a low scoring affair, with evens for under 2.5 goals exceptional value.

Recent Matches

These two clubs went 12 matches without a single draw not too long ago but we’ve seen a flurry of stalemates since then, with five across their last seven meetings in all competitions. On each occasion, the match ended either 0-0 or 1-1 and we’ve not had a more high-scoring draw than this between these too since 1999.

24th February 2019: Manchester United 0 – 0 Liverpool

A nightmare first half for the hosts saw three Man Utd players forced off due to injury. Ander Herrera was the first to fall with Juan Mata, and his replacement Jesse Lingard, also picking up problems before the interval. If that wasn’t bad enough, Marcus Rashford also developed a knock but soldiered on to avoid his team being reduced to 10 men. Injury plagued, United were there for the taking in the second half but Liverpool never came close to capitalising. The visitors went the whole match without a single good chance and recorded just one effort on target.

16th December 2018: Liverpool 3 – 1 Manchester United

Back in December, in what turned out to be Mourinho’s final game in charge of United, Liverpool beat the Red Devils 3-1 at Anfield. Sadio Mane gave the home team the lead after 24 minutes, with Lingard levelling things up for the visitors nine minutes later. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to be a hero for Liverpool, netting two late goals to give his side a very well deserved 3-1 win.

10th March 2018: Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool

Marcus Rashford made the most of his recall to the starting 11 as he netted a brace within the opening 24 minutes. Romelu Lukaku played a big part in both goals and despite not scoring himself, the Belgian’s powerful display earned him the man of the match award. United were happy to sit back and defend lead after this, something which saw their possession stat sink down to 32%. The hosts soaked up the pressure brilliantly though and only conceded when Eric Bailly turned into his own net.

14th October 2017: Liverpool 0 – 0 Manchester United

History repeated itself as almost a year to the day before this match, these two sides had played out a goalless draw at Anfield. There was a little more action this time but Mourinho’s defensive tactics prevented the game from ever taking off. His side never looked like scoring while the Reds spurned the two big chances that came their way. Emre Can volleyed over when just eight yards out while Matip saw his close range effort superbly stopped by David de Gea.

15th January 2017: Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool

It was unclear who would play between the sticks for Liverpool for this game but Klopp opted to keep faith in an increasingly under-fire Simon Mignolet. The Belgian fully justified his selection as he produced two stunning first half saves to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan. This kept his side’s lead in tact but their resistance eventually broke late on. With six minutes to go, Ibrahimovic headed in the equalising goal as United finally got the goal their efforts merited.

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