Manchester United vs Liverpool – Preview, Tips & Predictions
by Ken Edwards, 07 March 2018
Manchester United v Liverpool – Old Trafford – Manchester, England
Saturday, March 10: 12:30pm Local time
Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bets: Manchester United and Liverpool have been swapping second place for a few weeks now, and Saturday’s early game will once again line-up Jurgen Klopp’s full-speed, all-out attack against the pragmatic Jose Mourinho’s cautious approach.
Both teams are superb in their chosen style of play – exactly that reason we’re taking the Draw at $3.30 with Betstar as our best bet for Saturday’s derby game.
Since Mourinho arrival at Old Trafford as manager (as Louis van Gaal’s successor in 2016), a classic derby tussle against Liverpool has not eventuated. Three games have resulted in three draws, with only two goals in 270 minutes of football and United registering a mere five shots on target in that time.
Don’t expect that to change. With so much on the line and an upcoming trip to Manchester City and a visit to the Emirates against Arsenal, United face the potential of dropping points.
Moreover, Mourinho faces on ongoing injury crisis. Ander Herrera (hamstring), Daley Blind (ankle) Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (both knee) all remain sidelined. Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo are all recovering from knocks and are not expected to feature.
Expect United to sit everyone behind the ball in defence and play Liverpool on the break.
Liverpool’s next few matches are far kinder on paper. They will face all three teams in the relegation zone and the only teams they are due to face in the top half of the table are Watford and Brighton, plus a trip to Stamford Bridge on the second-last weekend.
Expect them to throw caution to the wind, looking to break down United. In Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Liverpool have 35 Premier League goals this season and they’ll test United’s defence all afternoon. Liverpool, however, remain characteristically a little fragile in defence and will be susceptible to United’s forays on the break.