The Liverpool vs Manchester United English Premier League rivalry, which is arguably the fiercest in England, will resume once again when the two teams meet at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday, January 17. The two sides are wallowing in mediocrity this season, but usually save their best for each other and that should be the case on Sunday. Both clubs haven’t lived up to their potential as of yet this season and it appears realistically that the league title will be out of their reach. On the bright side though, one or both of the teams could land a top-four spot and a berth in the 2016/17 European Champions League.
- bet365 currently lists Liverpool as the favorites at 13/ 10 with Man United 12/5 and a draw at 9/4
Liverpool vs Manchester United – Head to Head:
- The teams met earlier this season with Man United earning a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. They also won both meetings last season with a 2-1 victory at Anfield and a 3-0 home triumph. Liverpool has won just two of the past nine contests ad three of the past 13. Overall, these two teams have met 221 times in the past in all competitions with Man United winning 86, losing 74 and drawing the other 61. There has been a winner in the last 10 games with the last draw being 1-1 in league action in October of 2011.
Both teams are coming off of 3-3 draws during the week after they each blew leads. Man United allowed a last-minute goal against on the road for a tie in Newcastle while Liverpool leveled their home match against Arsenal with an injury-time marker. Man United and Liverpool are historically the most-successful clubs in England with 38 league championships between them, but both of them are in danger of finishing out of the top four this year. If that happens, it will be the first time in 35 years.
Man United has 20 league titles to their name, but have just one win in their past eight league contests and that came just over a week ago. They enter the weekend in sixth place with 34 points from nine wins, seven draws and five losses. The team has 27 goals for and 20 against. They have four victories on the road with three draws and four defeats with 15 goals for and 16 conceded. They have just one win in their past six road trips with three draws and a pair of losses. United is a pair of points behind fourth-place Tottenham and Liverpool sits three back of United.
Liverpool occupies ninth place with 31 points from eight wins, seven draws and six losses with 25 goals scored and 27 against. They have four wins at home with four draws and two defeats. They’ve scored 14 times at Anfield and also conceded 14. German manager Juergen Klopp was hired to replace the fired Brendan Rodgers about three months ago, but the squad has failed to climb the standings as anticipated. Liverpool has three clean sheets at home and have been shut out once. Overall, they have seven clean sheets and have failed to score on six occasions. The Reds have two wins, three draws and a loss in their last half dozen encounters on Merseyside.
Both teams have injuries to deal with as United is expected to be without defenders Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia while Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger are questionable. For Liverpool, Klopp will likely be without the services of defenders Martin Skrtel, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren along with midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi and forwards Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. However, the team recently picked up Steven Caulker on loan.
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By Ian Palmer