Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Manchester United
Venue: Anfield – Sunday, March 22 – 13:30 GMT (09:30 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester Utd 12/5
Liverpool face Manchester United at Anfield in what is undoubtedly the game of the weekend in the Premier League as two fierce rivals go head-to-head, separated by just two points in the race for a Champions League finish.
Liverpool come into the game as the league’s form side, having not lost a game since a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in December. Brendan Rodgers has seen his side go on an unbeaten run of 13 games since that loss and will be looking for revenge in this one.
The Reds are just two points behind United with nine games to go and know a win in this one will give them a great chance of finishing in the top four.Embed from Getty Images
United come into the game in fine spirits after a crucial 3-0 win against Tottenham at Old Trafford last weekend and will be looking to make it four league wins on the bounce in this one.
Louis Van Gaal’s side seem to have picked up at the right time and have only lost one of their last eight in the Premier League.
They can go to Anfield knowing that they can remain in fourth so long as they avoid defeat but will be hoping for a victory to distance themselves from their rivals.
As well as looking behind them, the Red Devils are also looking up as they are just two points behind Manchester City in second place.
Liverpool have won five on the bounce in the league now and look unstoppable, especially at home, where they haven’t lost since early November so this should be a really entertaining clash.
Liverpool will be without Brad Jones (thigh), John Flanagan and Jordan Ibe (both knee), while Lucas Leiva (thigh) and Mario Balotelli (illness) are doubts for the game. Steven Gerrard returned at Swansea last time out and he will be pushing for a start in this one.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester United are still without strikers James Wilson (hamstring) and Robin Van Persie (ankle), while Jonny Evans will continue to miss out as he serves the second game of his lengthy suspension. Marcos Rojo (groin) is a doubt but should be fit to start the match in defence. Angel Di Maria returns from suspension but might have to settle for a place on the bench as Van Gaal is likely to remain unchanged from the team that beat Spurs.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/W/W
Manchester United’s last five: W/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: It has been 22 games in all competitions since these two last drew 0-0 (September 2005) so we should see some goals.
Key Player: Simon Mignolet – Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last nine in the league and Mignolet has been in fine form. He will be busy on Sunday and will need to be at his best if Liverpool are to win this one.
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – This should be a tight game but Liverpool are on an impressive run at the moment and will be out for revenge after that 3-0 loss at Old Trafford in their last meeting. Expect goals in this one but home advantage should see Liverpool leapfrog United into fourth place.