Liverpool’s win at Tottenham last weekend saw them win their 20th game out of 21 in the Premier League, to officially make the best start ever by any team in history in any of the top five European Leagues (England, Germany, Spain, Italy or France).

The only team to deny Liverpool three points in their quest for their first Premier League title, has been their most fierce rivals Manchester United, who held the Reds 1-1 at Old Trafford back in late October. Adam Lallana equalising for Liverpool late on after Marcus Rashford’s goal had been allowed to stand despite a foul on Divock Origi in the build-up.

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A few months on from that clash, the fortunes of the team have seen Liverpool establish a 14 point lead at the top of the table, with a game in hand over second placed Manchester City (played later on in January away to West Ham) and the Reds are also now the official FIFA Club World Cup Champions. United, on the back of three wins from their last four games are 5th in the table, 27 points worse off than Liverpool having played a game more.

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Let’s now take a look at the full list of games in the EPL this weekend, before we focus in on the big game at Anfield on Sunday.

EPL Fixtures – Matchday 23 (Sat 18th & Sun 19th January)

  • Watford v Tottenham (12.30pm)
  • Brighton v Aston Villa
  • Manchester City v Crystal Palace
  • West Ham United v Everton
  • Arsenal v Sheffield United
  • Norwich City v Bournemouth
  • Southampton v Wolves
  • Newcastle United v Chelsea (5.30pm)
  • Burnley v Leicester (2pm Sun)
  • Liverpool v Manchester United (4.30pm Sun)

There’s a number of key games this weekend at the top and bottom of the table with the Watford v Tottenham, Brighton v Aston Villa, Man City v Crystal Palace, Norwich v Bournemouth and Burnley v Leicester games most catching the eye. However, it is the big clash on Sunday afternoon at Anfield that is most eagerly anticipated this weekend.

Liverpool v Man Utd – Preview

Liverpool Versus Manchester United
1st EPL Position 5th
21 Games Played 22
20 Games Won 9
1 Games Drawn 7
0 Games Lost 6
50 Goals Scored 36
14 Goals Against 25
61 Points 34
Sadio Mane (11) Top Scorer Marcus Rashford (14)
Jurgen Klopp Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Current Form (last 5 EPL Games)

Liverpool

  • V Watford (H) – W 2-0 (Salah 2)
  • V Leicester (A) – W 4-0 (Firmino 2, Milner, Alexander-Arnold)
  • V Wolves (H) – W 1-0 (Mane)
  • V Sheff Utd (H) – W 2-0 (Salah, Mane)
  • V Tottenham (A) – W 1-0 (Firmino)

Probable Team – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Firmino, Salah

Manchester United

  • V Watford (A) – L 0-2
  • V Newcastle (H) – W 4-1 (Martial 2, Rashford, Greenwood)
  • V Burnley (A) – W 2-0 (Martial, Rashford)
  • V Arsenal (A) – L 0-2
  • V Norwich C (H) – W 4-0 (Rashford 2, Martial, Greenwood)

Probable Team – (4-2-3-1) – de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Matic, Fred, Mata, Pereira, Rashford, Martial

Liverpool v Man Utd – Preview and Tips

It is now 38 games since Liverpool last tasted defeat in the Premier League, away to Manchester City in early January 2019, and over those 38 games, the Reds have amassed 104 points, the largest total of points ever collected over that number of games in Premier League history. People are now wondering if the Reds could go the entire season unbeaten and replicate the feat of the “Untouchables” Arsenal team of a few years back.

No team would like to end those hopes more than Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have had an inconsistent season so far, especially away from home, but they remain the only team to have taken a point off Liverpool so far this season. They have also earned a victory away to Manchester City in December, which shows they are very dangerous against the top sides, although Arsenal did beat United 2-0 just a few weeks ago.

Marcus Rashford has a good goalscoring record against Liverpool and it is likely he will be United’s most potent threat in this game. Daniel James could come in to add extra pace into the attack, if he does it will likely be in place of Juan Mata.

However, Liverpool’s home form over the past couple of years has been incredible and given United’s erratic form, it is hard to see them causing an upset here. The Reds defence has not conceded a goal in any of their last six games and with a partisan home crowd to battle, as well as a team that have been unbeatable this season, this looks like being another tough afternoon for United.

Full Time Result – Liverpool 2/5

Although this will be an intense game, Liverpool should have more than enough quality to get the job done here. The Reds will absolutely want to punish United for taking a point off them in October and their strikers will want to show that their wasteful finishing against Spurs last weekend was a blip. I expect a confident Liverpool win here.

Correct Score – Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United – 7/1.

There’s no denying that the partnership of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk has been massively important to Liverpool keeping six clean sheets in a row in the Premier League. I think they will be able to do the same again on Sunday, while I expect the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino, together with the supply from Robertson and Alexander-Arnold wide, to be enough for the Reds to claim at least a couple of goals.

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 11.30am on Monday 13th January 2020.