Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United FC

Venue: Anfield – Monday, October 17 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – Man Utd 5/2

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield in a huge Monday night clash in the Premier League, with two of football’s oldest rivals going head-to-head for the first time this season.

The Reds are in great form, having won each of their last four league games and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for another stellar performance here.

Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Swansea before the International break and they look like genuine title contenders at this early stage, so a win on Monday would only reaffirm that.

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The worry is that they’ve struggled to overcome their old enemies in recent seasons, losing each of their last four league games against United. They did beat them in last season’s Europa League Round of 16 though.

For Manchester United, this is a pivotal fixture. They are sitting in seventh place coming into the game, three points behind Liverpool and are in danger of falling six points outside the top four with a defeat here.

Jose Mourinho’s men were left frustrated with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke last time out, despite dominating that game, and so they will need to be much more clinical here if they are to take anything away from Anfield.

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United’s last away game ended in a 3-1 defeat at Watford so there is undoubtedly a lot of pressure riding on the shoulders of this talented squad ahead of such an enormous fixture.

The most recent league meeting between these two sides saw United win 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal. Only Steven Gerrard (8) has scored more goals in this fixture than the United captain (6).

Team News

Liverpool are likely to be without key midfielders Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, who are both struggling with knocks. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are definitely out, while Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are listed as doubts. Emre Can looks set to start in midfield, with Daniel Sturridge likely to start the game on the bench as Roberto Firmino continues to lead the attack.

Jose Mourinho’s biggest decision for United will be whether he starts Wayne Rooney or not. The attacker is likely to start the game on the bench once again, with Marcus Rashford hoping to keep his place out wide. Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both out, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw are lacking match fitness and may not be risked.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: D/W/W/W/W

Man United’s last five: W/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: Liverpool have lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (27) than against any other opponent and have lost each of their last four meetings against their rivals.

Key Player: Juan Mata – The United playmaker scored a superb bicycle kick in this fixture two seasons ago and has now scored three and assisted two goals in his last four games against the Reds, so he will be hoping to cause the hosts more problems here.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – It’s an enormous fixture at any time, but Monday night’s clash feels like a must-win for both sides, even if we are only in October. Liverpool are in great form and look too good going forward not to score here, so the big question will be how United cope with the threat provided. Mourinho’s men have looked vulnerable at times this season and could find themselves dropping three more points if they’re not on top of their game here. Home win.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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

Match Preview

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

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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.

Key Points

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.

Score Prediction

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.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 30 – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea to win

The Premier League is heading towards its finale with each game becoming more important by the day. The weekend’s action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester City welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium. The game of the weekend sees Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon before Chelsea travel to Hull, while QPR host Everton to conclude a crucial round of fixtures.

It’s down to a member of the MLSGB team to try and correctly call the results of all ten games. Last time out Jamie Ives predicted five correct results, with no perfect scores. Zack Walford puts his neck on the line this week in an attempt to try and predict the outcome of every match. Here are this week’s predictions:

Saturday, March 21 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)

Manchester City vs. West Brom (12:45)

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West Brom have been defensively sound since Tony Pulis has taken the reigns at The Hawthorns but I expect a backlash from Manchester City after going out to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. But not too many goals will be the difference.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Brom

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City

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Leicester have had a lot of lows this season, but one of the few highs for the Foxes was a win at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup earlier in the year. But I expect Tottenham to beat Leicester this time round after their embarrassing display at Old Trafford last time out.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City

Aston Villa vs. Swansea City

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If Paul Lambert was still in charge, I would say Swansea would grab an easy win, but now Tim Sherwood is at the helm, the Villains have been playing with some confidence. Sherwood has got Christian Benteke scoring as he showed with his double away at Sunderland last weekend. A pacey attack could be too much for the Swans, but I expect a fight from Garry Monk’s men. I am going for a draw.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City

West Ham vs. Sunderland (17:30)

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Sunderland have a new head coach in charge with Dutchman Dick Advocaat coming in after Gus Poyet’s dismissal on Monday. West Ham haven’t quite hit the ground running since the turn of the year, after an excellent start to the season. I think Sunderland will get the charm a new man in charge quite often has and they will earn a vital away win to ease their relegation worries.

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Sunderland

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace

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Two teams that have looked great since the beginning of January. Stoke have a terrific home record against tough opposition having beaten Arsenal and drawing against Manchester United this year, but have slipped up against teams who are lower than them, including defeats to Leicester and Aston Villa. Crystal Palace have been good away from home in all competitions under Alan Pardew claiming a memorable win against Southampton in the FA Cup and beating West Ham at Upton Park. It’s too hard to call but I reckon Palace will just sneak it.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 Crystal Palace

Southampton vs. Burnley

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Just when you write Burnley off and say they are definitely relegated, they go and grab a draw at Manchester City then draw away at Chelsea. How many teams in the bottom half of the table can say they have done that? Southampton may not be a bridge too far. But a creditable draw last time out for the Saints at Stamford Bridge slowly puts them back in the top four mix. I think Southampton will just knick it.

Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Burnley

Newcastle vs. Arsenal

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Newcastle haven’t managed to string themselves together since John Carver took over as interim head coach. Arsene Wenger has an impressive record against Newcastle to keep up. Also, Olivier Giroud likes scoring against the Magpies.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-3 Arsenal

Sunday, March 21

Liverpool vs. Manchester United (13:30)

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One of the biggest fixtures in English football takes place on Sunday afternoon with both teams fighting for top four supremacy. Liverpool are the form team of 2015 and haven’t lost in the Premier League since the defeat at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture back in mid-December. Manchester United are confident after disposing of Tottenham at the weekend and have only picked up four wins away from home this season, which is a relatively poor return for the Champions of two years ago. I think Liverpool will get the better of the Red Devils.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

Hull City vs. Chelsea (16:00)

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Both teams are coming off a draw last weekend. For Hull City it’s all about survival and being able to play Premier League football next season, Chelsea have title ambitions. With Hull losing Nikica Jelevic out through injury it’s hard to see where the goals are going to come from. I can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

QPR vs. Everton (16:00)

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Queens Park Rangers are in a poor position in the league and Chris Ramsey hasn’t quite steered them to safety as he would have liked. This a fixture he will be hoping to hurt a vulnerable Everton who are coming off a defeat in Ukraine on Thursday night that saw their Europa League dreams dashed and will be looking to bounce back and try and charge up the table after quite frankly an underachieving season for the Toffees. I think QPR will do well to get a draw, but I have to back Everton.

Prediction: QPR 1-3 Everton

What do you think will happen in the Premier League this weekend?