Liverpool v Man Utd Premier League betting preview and tips

17:00 Sun 16 Dec
Premier League
Tip: X
Units: 2/5
Odds: +320

On first glance, many people will be expecting a home win at Anfield, with Liverpool superior to Manchester United this season as the sixteen point gap between the two teams will testify.

A few seasons ago, Liverpool supporters would have been in dreamland to see their team so far clear of their fiercest rivals, although a current points return of 39 from fifteen matches played still leaves them two short of Manchester City.

This is also a fixture that hasn’t been kind to the Merseyside team in the past few seasons. The last two renewals have been goalless draws, with Jose Mourinho’s side arriving at Anfield and essentially killing the game.

Previous to these two matches have been two wins for the Red Devils. While there are clearly issues in the dressing room, we have often seen the Manchester United team raise their game against better opponents and often getting the right result.

For example, there was the 2-1 win at Juventus in the Champions League which demonstrates that United have fighting qualities and they’ve come back numerous times from losing positions to get something from matches this term.

Mourinho has trusted foot soldiers who will be deployed in this match and we should expect Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini to take centre stage in a match like this.

Last season, Romelu Lukaku cut a rather isolated figure and the Liverpool defence will be confident of taming the Belgian, especially with Virgil van Dijk taking charge of that department these days.

As always with this fixture, can Jurgen Klopp engineer a victory over sticky opponents? The midfield players generally fit more into the workmanlike bracket rather than creative, with United keen to nullify Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane before their explosive pace gives the home side an edge.

We saw how Liverpool were unable to break down Everton in a recent Merseyside derby and we’re not sure how to have complete confidence, especially after such a tough European game against Napoli preceding it.

Draw @ 4.20 with bet365