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Man United vs Liverpool: Reds need all the points for a European spot

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Ace Football previews the Premier League game between Man United and Liverpool and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.

One of the age-old rivalries of English football will take centre stage on Thursday night as Manchester United play hosts to Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will be in action for a second time in two days as they gear up to take on arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Thursday night. The two teams were initially scheduled to play ten days ago but the fixture was postponed due to the fan protests at the Theatre of Dreams against the Glazers.

Manchester United have had to play four games in the space of a week, starting from their last Thursday’s trip to AS Roma, followed by league games against Aston Villa and Leicester City, which they won and lost respectively, before getting set to face the outgoing Premier League champions.

Elsewhere, Liverpool brought an end to their three-game winless run across all competitions when they defeated Southampton 2-0 at Anfield last weekend.

Manchester United and Liverpool have already clashed twice this season, with the reverse fixture in the league ending in a draw while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men triumphed over Jurgen Klopp’s brigade in the FA Cup.

Manchester United Form and Stats

Man United suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester on Tuesday in what was the second of a run of three games in five days.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer changed his entire team and the loss to the Foxes handed rivals Man City the Premier League title. Mason Greenwood scored in between Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu’s goals for Leicester.

Man United had recorded a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday at Villa Park. Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani got the goals for the Red Devils.

  • Man United have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League).
  • Man United have been over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 home matches (Premier League).
  • Man United have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League).
  • Man United have seen BTTS in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Liverpool (all competitions).

Liverpool Form and Stats

Liverpool kept their top-four hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Saturday. Goals from Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara kept the Reds seven points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.

It was a first game for Jurgen Klopp’s side in two weeks following the postponement of this fixture two weeks ago.

Liverpool had drawn three matches in a row prior to beating Southampton. There were held to a 0-0 draw by Real Madrid in the Champions League and Leeds and Newcastle 1-1 in the Premier League.

  • Liverpool have drawn 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).

Team News

Manchester United: Captain Harry Maguire, winger Daniel James, and forward Anthony Martial remain out injured.

Liverpool: Captain Jordan Henderson is unlikely to return despite closing in on a comeback. Fellow midfielder Naby Keita and centre-back Ozan Kabak are both rated doubtful. 

Predicted Line-up

(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)

Head-to-Head

Manchester United have an 89-77 advantage against Liverpool with 68 draws in 234 matches. The Red Devils won 1-0 in Liverpool in the first encounter this season with Paul Pogba scoring the winner.

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