Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns for the first time this season at Anfield in a clash that could change the scope of the Premier League title battle.
The Red Devils leapfrogged Liverpool last week to move three points clear at the top of the league table. It’s the first time the visitors have been on top since their last title-winning campaign in 2012/13. Next on the agenda is to become the first English club to win at Anfield since April 2017.
Recent history has favored Liverpool in this one, though. The hosts are unbeaten in their last four league games against United (W2 D2) and haven’t lost at home since April 2016, winning three of their last five meetings (D2) at Anfield in all competitions.
This match has all the makings of a blockbuster between two great English sides, who will meet again next week in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford.
Liverpool Form & Stats
The Reds snapped out of a three-match winless run by beating a youthful Aston Villa side 4-1 in an FA Cup third-round tie last weekend. Sadio Mane bagged a double, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah supplying the other goals.
Jurgen Klopp will hope the result has given his squad a timely boost ahead of a potentially defining moment in their campaign. Due to the quick turnaround and injuries, Liverpool have struggled to match their performances of 2019/20. That said, they’ve still lost just twice across their 17 league games so far.
Their home record, meanwhile, remains as impressive as ever. Liverpool may have drawn 1-1 with West Brom last time out at Anfield, extending their unbeaten home record in the Premier League to 66 matches.
And while Liverpool have scored just one goal in their last three league games, Thiago Alcantara’s predicted return to the line-up is expected to help create more opportunities in front of goal.
Key Team Stats
- Winless in their last 3 league games (D2 L1).
- Failed to score in their last 2 league games.
- Unbeaten in their last 66 home league games.
- Won 38 of their last 41 home league games (D3).
- Won 3 of their last 5 home games against Manchester United (D2) in all competitions.
- A penalty has occurred in 41% of their 17 league games.
Manchester United Form & Stats
Paul Pogba’s second-half volley sealed a 1-0 win over Burnley last week and sent United straight to the top of the Premier League. It was also the first time in 12 away league games they had failed to score at least two goals, averaging over 2.5 goals-per-match.
The Red Devils’ form on the road has indeed been impressive. They’ve won 12 of their last 15 away league games (D3), with the last away defeat coming at none other than Liverpool on January 2020. Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah were the goalscorers to condemn United to a 2-0 loss at Anfield back then.
Fast forward a year later, however, a first league title since 2013 appears a possibility. Despite a poor start to the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in their last 11 league games (W9 D2) and are the most in-form club in the Premier League.
One thing perhaps worth nothing also is Marcus Rashford’s record against Liverpool. The 23-year-old, United’s second-highest goalscorer this season, has scored three goals in his last four outings against the reigning champions. He and the ever-impressive Bruno Fernandes could make the difference, along with a resurgent Paul Pogba.
Key Team Stats
- Unbeaten in their last 11 league games (W9 D2).
- Won 12 of their last 15 away league games (D3).
- Won just 1 of their last 11 games against Liverpool in all competitions (D6 L5).
- Under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 games in all competitions.
- Marcus Rashford has scored 3 goals in his last 4 games against Liverpool.
- Won 6 penalties in only 17 league games this term, and 11 overall in all competitions.
Out: Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita.
Doubts: Joel Matip.
Out: Phil Jones, Brandon Williams.
Doubts: Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in the Premier League
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Premier League.