By News Team
Last Updated: 17th January 2020
Liverpool welcome their famous old rivals Manchester United this weekend in a north-west derby, but both are currently experiencing very different fortunes. While the hosts are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand, the visitors are five points adrift of fourth place. We preview the match-up below.
Liverpool Invincibles in waiting?
Liverpool have been in remarkable form this season, beating all comers except their next opponent, with whom they shared a draw earlier this campaign. What is all the more impressive is that Jurgen Klopp has largely used the same side, overseeing the transformation of some of his players into world-beating talent.
When Liverpool are in form, it becomes difficult to see them ever losing, especially at Anfield where they have been dominant for a long time. The home side are 2/5 to win and further extend their lead at the top, while also being just 1/2 to score over 1.5 goals at home. Sadio Mane has been in irresistible form for large portions of this season and the Senegalese forward is just 11/10 to score anytime, and 6/1 to score two or more, which looks likely considering his rich scoring vein.
The visitors’ struggles have been well documented under their current manager, but that isn’t to say they aren’t capable of an excellent result. The comeback against PSG in Europe, the 2-1 defeat of Manchester City and the opening day 4-0 dismantling of Chelsea all point to a side capable of greatness, but too often they slip up. Recent defeats by Watford, Bournemouth and Arsenal have undone any positive work, but the signs are there that they are back on the right path. Marcus Rashford has been excellent of late, and is 17/10 to score anytime, while the visitors are 15/2 to return down the M62 with all three points on board.
Goals galore at Anfield
Both sides have the ability to unlock defences with regularity. With that in mind, the two teams to score can be backed at 10/11, while a goal in both halves is just 4/6. Both outfits have built defences around behemoth central defenders who were world record signings for the position, but this game could be all about goals, and a score draw can be backed at 24/5.