Ladbrokes offer 4/1 odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool 2019-10-2019th October 2019 / lee
It says a great deal about the situation of Manchester United when they are kicking off at 4/1 underdogs in a league game against Liverpool* (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on October 17th, 2019 at 23:48). But such as the struggles have been for the Red Devils this season, will they be able to raise their game in such a difficult fixture to get one over their old rivals? If they do, United will derby Liverpool equaling Manchester City’s record of 18 straight Premier League wins.
Manchester United v Liverpool Odds*
Can United upset Liverpool?
There wouldn’t be a better time for Manchester United fans to see their side produce a good performance than at home against Liverpool, who are striving to equal a Premier League record. A home win would fully be defying some huge odds, but the key to United digging in there and coming up with the goods could be all in their defence.
All of the criticism thrown at United this season has been towards their lack of creativity and indeed, lack of goal-scoring output. That’s justifiable. They have scored more than one goal in just one league fixture this season. That happened in their opening game for the season as well. But United have the third joint-best defensive output among the top twelve teams in the current standings ahead of the ninth-round of action.
Maguire the key man for United’s chances
Liverpool may be showing up at Old Trafford without Mo Salah who took a heavy, heavy knock against Leicester just before the international break. So that could improve United’s chances. If then summer signing Harry Maguire can produce a near-perfect performance to try and shut down Liverpool’s other key attacker, Sadio Mane, then United may be in with a chance.
The Red Devils aren’t likely to go turn on a brilliant show of attacking power. United will most likely have to sit back and look for the likes of Marcus Rashford on the counter-attack. The Red Devils don’t have the scoring threats in their sides like Liverpool have, so this is one occasion where they could be forgiven for putting out an unadventurous performance. A solid tactical counter-attacking game could get them in this.
Liverpool’s away form offers United hope
Liverpool have won all of their league games this season. They are the runaway leaders at the top of the pile and yet they haven’t looked as good as there were last season. The Reds have taken only two clean sheets in league action this season. Three of their four away wins have been by a one-goal margin only and so they have been challenged. They have not been tearing teams apart on their travels.
For example in their last away game, Liverpool were being kept well at bay by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, and it was only a mistake that gave Liverpool the 1-0 success in the match. Manchester United can look at how well the Blades contained Liverpool in that match and apply some of the same tactics. The fact is, Liverpool have chinks in their defensive armour and set plays, with the aerial threat of Harry Maguire, could be a way forward for United.
United’s home record against the Reds
Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw at home against Liverpool last season. They are now undefeated in their last six games at Old Trafford against the Reds in all competitions. That’s a pretty decent record and eight of the last nine meetings between the two giants of English football has ended under 1.5 goals.
A low scoring game would suit Manchester United well because it will mean that they are doing a good job in shutting down the Liverpool attack. The Red Devils too have only lost one of their last seven played against Liverpool in all competitions as well (W1 D5) and you take into consideration that it’s been a long time since Manchester United have looked a title contender, then they have found ways to frustrate Liverpool.
United understrength, but underestimated?
The Red Devils must show some strength in this one. They have to. They have to show some big fight, be prepared to get their hands dirty and run themselves into the ground. They have a huge list of injury problems and key midfielder Paul Pogba isn’t fit to make his return. Keeper David de Gea had a hamstring problem on international duty for Spain and is being assessed.
That’s the kind of thing that should make the starting eleven work all that much harder. Liverpool are on a 17 match winning streak at the moment. It has been a phenomenal run, but that will have to come to an end at some point. Will it happen in fairly unlikely circumstances at Old Trafford?
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