Manchester United v Liverpool Preview
Manchester United welcome fierce rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford in Sunday’s Premier League meeting, and may well inflict defeat on their Merseyside opponents to potentially move back into the top-four of the table. Jose Mourinho’s side have turned their form around after a slow start to the season and face Liverpool at a time where the visitors are enduring a mini-slump of their own. A win for the hosts could not only ignite their hopes of Champions League football for next season but put their name back in the title race. Recent Premier League head-to-heads have been one-sided too which further boosts Manchester United’s chances of winning. The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League table with 39 points, coming off the back of six consecutive wins. United took their time to adjust to life under Mourinho, but are finally reaching their potential – enjoying three consecutive home wins. They earned a credible draw in the reverse fixture with Liverpool earlier in the season, and come into this weekend’s meeting as the form side. Victory on Sunday could see Manchester United go level on points with third-place if results go their way, while potentially going just two points adrift of Liverpool. As for the visitors, Jurgen Klopp’s men are second in the league with 44 points this season but have failed to win their last three in all competitions. The Merseysider’s are five points adrift of leaders Chelsea in the table and can’t afford to lose to United as a result. However, not only has their recent form hit a slump, results on the road haven’t been too consistent either. Liverpool have failed to win four of their last six away games in the Premier League and could well come unstuck to United given their poor head-to-head record in the last few seasons. Manchester United have enjoyed four wins and one draw from their last five meetings with Liverpool in the league. In fact, Jose Mourinho’s side have only lost three of their last 14 and they boast the better form of the two in the build up to the meeting. Liverpool could narrow the deficit to leaders Chelsea to just two points if they earn a rare win at Old Trafford. Liverpool are 37/13 with 888 Sport to win against Manchester United. Their lack of away wins and injury woes could see Liverpool struggling. The Reds’ title challenge could take a big hit if they lose to United, but avoiding defeat may not be a bad result. Manchester United and Liverpool are 12/5 with Sky Bet to draw this weekend as a result, but the hosts will want a morale-boosting win to continue their streak in the Premier League. United are sure to approach the game in an attacking fashion to try and get ahead early on. They may settle for another draw as the game goes on, but the hosts should control the tie and record a victory, especially given Mourinho has already stifled Liverpool in a league game. Manchester United are 6/5 with Paddy Power to win against Liverpool.