England Premier League
(10 Mar 2018)
Manchester United – Liverpool
Match Preview: The battle for second place continues at Old Trafford
One of the great Premier League rivalries continues this weekend at Old Trafford as Liverpool visit Manchester United. This is always an exciting spectacle, but Saturday afternoon will see two teams of contrasting styles with the same target in mind: to finish second in the league.
Match Preview: Table Standings
United currently occupy that berth, but Liverpool are just two points behind and their recent form suggests that they are more than capable of damaging their hosts’ excellent home record. Since Jose Mourinho took charge in May 2016 they have only been defeated twice – on both occasions to Manchester City – and an air of invincibility is once again around the Theatre of Dreams, hence why the team will be confident of beating Sevilla next week following a 0-0 draw in the first-leg of their last-16 Champions League.
After a flying start to the campaign, which saw them level with Manchester City in the opening weeks, Mourinho’s United have developed a more pragmatic style of play. This has seen them advance to the last-eight of the FA Cup, though, and Champions League qualification is also very likely. In contrast, Liverpool has established themselves as one of the best-attacking sides in Europe – a major part of this has been the inspired signing of Mo Salah, and the Egyptian forward has scored 32 times in all competitions.
The Merseyside team have won four of their last five games and blitzed Porto 5-0 in their away leg, meaning that a 0-0 draw on Tuesday at Anfield was enough to see them into the quarters of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp will also be pleased that his signing of Virgil van Dijk in January has seen Liverpool concede just once in their last five.
Match Preview: Match Odds
The visitors on Saturday have the division’s second-best attacking record having scored 67 times in 29 games. There are many different subplots, then, and it is sure to be a fascinating spectacle. Tipbet is the place for top odds, and United are favourites by the very smallest of margins – they are 2.65 to get their fourth league win in a row and edge closer to securing second place.
The visitors’ attack means that they are very hard to write off; they can be backed at 2.70, with both clubs scoring at 1.65. View all the odds at Tipbet.com.