Second Meets Third in A Premier League Classic This Saturday Morning
After a busy midweek period of games for some teams in the Champions League and all the remaining teams in the Europa League, the coming weekend sees the Premier League back in action and the first game of the weekend is arguably still the biggest game and the biggest rivalry in English football.
In what has been billed as Rivalry Weekend, when a number of teams across England and Scotland face off against their most fierce rivals, in the Premier League on Saturday this pits Manchester United against their northern counterparts Liverpool in a match between the second and third placed teams at present in the Premier League.
The game perhaps may not have as much riding on it as it would have in previous seasons. Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League has them with a 16-point lead over United, with Liverpool two points further back in third. However, it is the Anfield side who come into this game in the better form of the two teams.
Let’s now take a closer look at the game including our review of both teams, probable starting elevens and of course our top tips for the match. We will then follow this with our review of the rest of the matches in the Premier League taking place this weekend and a couple of interesting tips based on those matches too.
Manchester United v Liverpool – Preview
- Venue – Old Trafford
- Kick Off Time – 12.30pm
- Last Meeting – Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (14th October 2017)
- Head to Head Meetings – Man Utd Won – 87, Liverpool Won – 75, Drawn Games – 65
- Form Book – Liverpool have won just two of their last 11 games against Manchester United (drawing four and losing five).
Manchester United Team News
It will be interesting to see what Jose Mourinho does with his team ahead of the game with Liverpool. Against Crystal Palace, it was only after the Portuguese manager made several tactical changes that his team bounced back from being 2-0 down to record a superb 3-2 victory. Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Luke Shaw came on but it was more Mourinho’s choice to go to three at the back that saw United come through that test.
Against Liverpool at Anfield, Mourinho set up his team in a negative manner to earn a point and he did so. At home, he won’t be afforded the same luxury here with United fans demanding a win against their bitter rivals,. As such, I’d expect to see a similar line up at the start of the game, though I would expect Bailly to come in for Lindelof and it is a toss up between Rashford and Lingard for who gets the final spot in the front three.
Manchester United Probable XI – (4-3-3) – De Gea, Valencia, Young.A, Smalling, Bailly, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Sanchez, Lukaku, Lingard
Liverpool Team News
Oddly, Jurgen Klopp stated in a press conference that he would be playing a full-strength team against FC Porto in the Champions League, only to then say a few days later that he may rest a few players given the Reds are 5-0 up from the first leg away in Portugal. As such, I would not expect too busy a night for some of the Reds key men which means they should be fresh for this game with United on Saturday.
Klopp’s biggest decision seems to be who to partner Van Dijk in defence now that Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson have done a great job at full back of late. Gini Wijnaldum missed the game in midweek through illness but should be fit for the weekend and he tends to start the big games for the reds, especially away from home and that could mean Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dropping to the bench here.
Liverpool Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah
Manchester United v Liverpool Tips
Here’s my tips for the Man Utd v Liverpool game
- Manchester United to win and both teams to score – 15/4 with Coral
- Over 3.5 Goals to be scored – 21/10
- Correct Score – Manchester United 3 Liverpool 1 – 20/1 with Coral
- First Goalscorer – Alexis Sanchez – 6/1 with Coral
Other Premier League Fixtures
The full list of fixtures in the Premier League this weekend are outlined below:
Saturday 10th March (3pm kick off unless stated)
- Manchester United v Liverpool (12.30)
- West Brom v Leicester City
- Huddersfield Town v Swansea City
- West Ham Utd v Burnley
- Everton v Brighton
- Newcastle United v Southampton
- Chelsea v Crystal Palace (5.30pm)
Sunday 11th March
- Arsenal v Watford (1.30pm)
- Bournemouth v Tottenham (4pm)
Monday 12th March
- Stoke City v Manchester City (8pm)
Looking at the matches lined up for this weekend, here are some of our top tips:
Everton v Brighton – Home Win – 23/20 with Coral
The Toffees have struggled away from home of late under Sam Allardyce and there are still serious concerns that they have struggled so often this season, but at home they have proven to be more consistent and although Brighton are on a superb run of form and are unbeaten in their last six, I think this is a game Everton will have earmarked for a win to push them above Brighton in the table and perhaps to secure their Premier League status once again next season.
West Ham United v Burnley – Draw – 2/1 with Coral
Neither of these teams are in particularly great form heading into this game with just one win apiece in their last six games, although Burnley’s did come in their last game, a superb home win against Everton. The Hammers have flattered to deceive under David Moyes at times and I can see the ex-Everton and Man Utd boss making some big changes at the club if he stays beyond the end of the season. I can’t see many goals in this one and I think any that are scored will be shared equally between the two teams in a 1-1 draw.
Huddersfield Town v Swansea City – Home Win – 29/20 with Coral
Both these sides have been in better form of late with three wins for Huddersfield in their last six and four for Swansea. Of the two teams though I think Huddersfield have the slight edge here with home advantage against a Swansea side that were superb last weekend at home against West Ham but who have struggled at times this season on the road. This will be close and I almost went for a draw but I think teams at the bottom of the table know a draw isn’t good enough, so I am backing Huddersfield to go for the extra effort here to secure a win.