In their eight away games in the Premier League this season, Manchester United have won seven and drawn just once. The 22 points they have picked up out of 24 available is comfortably the best away record in the Premier League and has been the driving force behind United opening up a three point lead at the top of the table.

That lead came courtesy of a battling 1-0 win over Burnley in midweek when Manchester United’s much-maligned midfielder Paul Pogba netted a 71st minute strike to give the Red Devils their seventh win from eight games on the road.

However, United will face arguably their toughest test of the season yet on Sunday when they travel down the M62 to face Liverpool at Anfield. The Champions have gone 67 games without defeat at home in the Premier League and like the Red Devils away form, in their eight games at home this season, they have won seven and drawn just the one. In fact of their last 27 games at home, they have won 25 and drawn just two.

A win for Liverpool here would see them go back top of the table over United on goal difference. A win for United would see them extend their lead over Liverpool to six points. As such, it is very much a game Liverpool need to get something from, ideally a win.

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Liverpool v Manchester United Preview

  • Venue – Anfield
  • Kick Off – 4.30pm on Sunday 17th January (GMT)
  • Liverpool Form – WLdDWWDDWW
  • Man Utd Form – WWLWWDWWWd
  • Referee: Paul Tierney

Recent History

The last ten games between these two teams stretch back to 2016 and 60% of those games have finished in draws, with three of those games ending 0-0 and the other three 1-1. A draw therefore does look like the tempting bet at the weekend, especially given Liverpool’s 67-game unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League and United’s stellar away form this season.

In the other four games, Liverpool have the edge having won three of those including both of the last two Premier League games at Anfield, a 3-1 win in December 2018 which was Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge at United, and a 2-0 win last season where Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah scored.

Manchester United’s sole win in that period was a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in March 2018.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp is still going to be without long-term injury absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for this game, which mean Fabinho will likely continue at centre-back, with Joel Matip expected to recover from injury to be able to take his place alongside the Brazilian.

In midfield, Liverpool could give Thiago a second start in two games after he came back from injury in the loss at Southampton, while Henderson could revert back to a midfield role from that game alongside Wijnaldum.

With Diego Jota injured, the front three for Liverpool should be the familiar trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino.

  • Probable Liverpool Team – 4-3-3 – Alisson, Alexander Arnold, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Firmino, Mane, Salah

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played a more adventurous team in his sides 1-0 win at Burnley which moved them to the top of the table in midweek, with the likes of Pogba and Cavani starting. However, I do expect Solskjaer to play a more defensive minded team for this game with the likes of McTominay and Fred likely to come back into the team in midfield roles.

Cavani also could be sacrificed as he isn’t 100% match fit as yet, with Solskjaer perhaps looking to exploit Liverpool’s lack of pace at the back by playing Mason Greenwood or Daniel James in a more advanced role instead.

Other than that, United’s form is such that Solskjaer doesn’t have too much to worry about in terms of team selection.

  • Probable Man Utd Team – 4-2-3-1 – De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial.

Liverpool v Manchester United Betting Tips

Match Result

A look at the stats for both these teams is impressive reading. Liverpool are unbeaten in 67 Premier League games at Anfield. They have won 25 of the last 27 games at home, drawing the other two. They have won seven of eight games played at Anfield this season.

On the other hand, United are unbeaten away from home in the Premier League this season, have won seven of their eight games on the road and their only draw came away at third placed Leicester City a couple of weeks back.

Given history shows that 0-0 and 1-1 draws are very common in this fixture, I think that a draw here is the most likely outcome and you can back that at 11/4 with bet365 Sport.

Correct Score

If we have gone for the draw between these two teams at Anfield on Sunday, then it seems the most likely outcome is going to be either a 0-0 or 1-1 draw as both have occurred in 30% of the last ten games between the teams over the last few years.

Given the attacking quality on display here, I don’t think we will see a 0-0 draw. Both teams tend to score and as such, if anything, I think we are more likely to see a 2-2 or even 3-3 game than a dour goalless battle between the teams.

However, I think by far the most appealing option is the 1-1 draw for the Correct Score market which is currently an 8/1 shot with bet365.

Anytime Goalscorer

I much prefer the Anytime Goalscorer market as it is much more flexible than the First or Last Goalscorer in games such as these and I have two players, one from each side, that I feel are worth a bet here.

For Liverpool, that is Roberto Firmino who seems to be getting back into some semblance of his best form. He pops up with crucial goals for Liverpool time and time again and at 8/5 he is a very good option with bet365.

Manchester United fans though may prefer to back one of their own players and for me Marcus Rashford at 21/10 is the pick. Not only is he likely to start, but his record against the top teams for United is excellent and he is certainly due a goal.

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 9.35am on Wednesday 13th January.