After 7 fixtures in the Premier League, we finally have the first episode of this year’s North West Derby. The game will be played late Monday evening, at 20:00 local time, at Anfield Road – and will produce excitement among hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. The famous rivalry will produce lots of sparks and tension as always, but can it also produce some good money for us betting enthusiasts?
Liverpool vs Manchester United – 17/10/2016
First things first, let’s look at the game as a whole. Anfield will surely be packed, given the importance of the game, but sadly Liverpool’s squad will miss quite a few people due to injuries: While Clyne and Lovren have some chances to feature, Lallana, Gomez, Ojo and Sakho will surely miss the match squad.
On the other side, United are sure to miss Jones and Shaw, while Mkhitaryan has a probability of coming on in the second part. The two teams met no fewer than 4 times last season – with United winning both Premier League draws (3-1 at home and 0-1 away), but Liverpool coming on top of their Europa League tie, after a 2-0 victory at home.
We haven’t seen more than 4 goals for quite some time, but what we have seen are yellow cards. The most “peaceful” games between the two sides show 3 or 4 cards, while the truly physical ones usually have 7-10 yellow cards and at least one player sent off.
As far as his team is concerned, Klopp has all the reasons to be happy. Since their surprising 0-2 defeat against Burnley, Liverpool has gone undefeated, only dropping points against Tottenham away from home. They’ve beat both Chelsea and Arsenal this season in convincing fashion and seem to be on top of their game.
Although Lallana will be missed, the stellar attackers from Klopp’s side should be more than able to put a goal or two in the United net.
Meanwhile, Mourinho’s side seem to be losing speed after a great start of the season. Although their game has picked up (after a 4-1 win over Leicester and a great game versus Stoke, which only ended 1-1), the team is still very inconsistent, alternating great performances with sub-par outings.
The players still give Mourinho a hard time in picking a starting 11 – while Ibrahimovic, Mata, and Pogba are in good form, others simply aren’t delivering quality football at the moment – especially Martial, Rooney or Lingard.
Rashford is still too young to play non-stop at full capacity, and the defense isn’t looking very good either. Thankfully, the team does have enough players which can make a difference on their own.
Liverpool vs Manchester United Betting Tips
1). At least 4 yellow cards should be an easy bet, given the rivalry between the two teams and the fact that Mourinho’s side play physical football.
2). Over 0,5 goals is a certainty, while over 1,5 (2.5) is another smart bet – couple it with the yellows, and you’ve got a good thing going on. Good luck!