The most anticipated derby of the year! It has all the credentials for two of the most notorious clubs in England, some say more exciting than the Clasico in Spain, this derby between the rivals Liverpool and Manchester United is the height of this season in the Premier League. This much awaited clash has been building up over time and we now see them battle it out this Sunday.
A decisive derby in the race for the Champions League
Besides being a matter of local supremacy, this derby will be extremely important in the race for the Champions League. Liverpool is now fifth and is only two points behind United, currently fourth. Arsenal and Manchester City are respectively only one and two points ahead of United. If the Reds win, they would pass Louis van Gaal’s men and provisionally qualify for the Champions League, instead of United… What kind of end awaits us in this Premier League season?
The last time Liverpool were defeated in the Premier League goes back to December 2014, and it was against…. That’s right, Manchester United! The Merseyside club suffered a major setback at Old Trafford (3-0). Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie squandered this exam in an epic fashion that day. But since surviving that nightmare, Liverpool came back stronger than ever in the forefront and is now a credible candidate for the Champions League.
Against a United side that blows hot and cold, the Red Devils remain firmly attached to their fourth place. United won against Tottenham (3-0) last weekend has surely given the players the boost they need, who know that the pressure will be on the Reds to win this derby. Rooney and his team will need to deliver a cracking performance if they want to hear the famous theme tune of the Champions League resonating within the walls of Old Trafford next year. This derby can showcase to all their critics that the pouring investment from the last two years will pay off.
Liverpool are the bookies favorite for this match: Bwin offers the best odds at 11/10. But we can tell you that the confrontations between these two clubs are always full of surprises. It will be a thrilling derby!
Tips to bet on Liverpool v Manchester
Raining goals at Anfield?
It should be in this match! Over the last 18 clashes between the two clubs, 13 of them saw at least three goals scored. The last three games are proof: 3-0, 3-1, 3-0. Are we likely to see more of the same? These are world-class players here, and they will throw blood and soul into this battle. We expect to see at least three goals in this game with this beauty at 1.95 offered by Bet365.
Both nets will tremble
Manchester United scored on average 1.70 goals per game in the Premier League, in comparison to Liverpool at 1.48. These two teams have a robust front-line who score a lot of goals but lack absence in their defense line. We believe that both teams can score in this game at 8/11 at Bet365.
Savvy Wayne Rooney
The England striker is on good form, he scored four goals in the last four games and opened scoring in the first leg against Liverpool. Rooney clearly capable of showing his magic, the manager prefers to use him instead of Radamel Falcao and R Van Persie (injured) to lead the attack for United. Seeing goals against Liverpool should not be surprising. Play Rooney to score 8/5 at WilliamHill
Liverpool making the difference?
Three weeks ago, we saw Liverpool hosting the other Manchester Club (City), where they made a clear dent in City’s title dream with a sensational Coutinho on brilliant form, however both teams scored (2-1). We expect that this scenario may recur in this derby as Manchester is armed offensively but defensively feverish. Liverpool wins and both teams score at a beautiful score offered by Bet365 at 4.3.