Huge Clash Sunday as Manchester United face Liverpool in the EPL
There’s a busy weekend of Premier League action ahead of us this week after the international break and amongst the ten games, there is one that stands out head and shoulders above them all. Manchester United take on Liverpool in what has been arguably the most fiercely contested of all great Premier League rivalries over the years and there is plenty at stake for both teams in the game on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool have made an outstanding start to the season and have now won 8 games out of 8 this season, following on from nine successive wins at the end of last season to amass 17 successive wins, just one behind Manchester City’s Premier League record of 18 wins in a row. A win at Old Trafford for Liverpool on Sunday would see them match that achievement.
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However, for United it is a question of picking up points after what has been a dismal start to the season that has seen the Red Devils drop to 12th in the table after 8 games and they are already 15 points adrift of Liverpool this season. Pressure is already mounting on the board at United and manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer knows that his team need to get something from the game on Sunday to at least appease a growingly disgruntled fanbase.
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Let’s now take a look at the full fixture list for the Premier League this weekend
Premier League Fixtures – Matchday 9
- Everton v West Ham
- Aston Villa v Brighton
- Bournemouth v Norwich City
- Chelsea v Newcastle United
- Leicester City v Burnley
- Tottenham v Watford
- Wolves v Southampton
- Crystal Palace v Man City
- Man Utd v Liverpool
- Sheff Utd v Arsenal
Our Weekend Accumulator Bet
Looking at the fixtures above, I would put the following selections together for my weekend accumulator bet in the Premier League.
- Everton v West Ham – Draw – 13/5
- Aston Villa v Brighton – Draw – 23/10
- Wolves v Southampton – Home Win – 3/4
- Crystal Palace v Man City – Away Win – 1/4
- Sheff Utd v Arsenal – Away Win – 10/11
I think Everton are struggling this season and West Ham have been one of the better sides in the Premier League this year. Mauricio Pellegrini has got the team playing well for him and I can see the Hammers doing enough to earn a draw at Goodison Park against an Everton side badly lacking confidence.
I think a similar result will occur at Villa Park too with two teams who come into this game with a very good win behind them last time out and desperate to pick up some momentum. Neither side is a prolific scorer of goals and I think Aston Villa and Brighton fans would be more than happy with a four point haul from their last two games.
I think Wolves improved form of late which has seen them register three very impressive wins in a row, means that they are a very good bet to beat a frustratingly inconsistent Southampton side, while I think both Manchester City and Arsenal are very good bets to win their away games, against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United respectively.
A £10 bet with bet365 Sport would pay out at odds of 48.61/1 on the selections given above, which means you would earn £486.10 in profit, plus get your stake money back too.
Manchester United v Liverpool Preview
The big games this weekend comes at Old Trafford and pits Manchester United against their rivals and neighbours from down the M56, Liverpool. The visitors have enjoyed a perfect start to the season with eight wins from eight and they will be keen to keep that run going at Old Trafford, a ground where they have not enjoyed too much success in recent times.
However, this may well be their best chance in many years to do so against a Manchester United team that have been very poor this season by their own lofty standards. Lying in 12th place in the table and already 15 points behind Liverpool, United badly need a morale-boosting win to kick start their flagging season and a win against their fierce rivals, ending their perfect start, would certainly do that.
Both teams welcome back a number of players from injury with Pogba, Lindelof and Martial returning for United, while Alisson and Matip have regained fitness for Liverpool. United however did suffer a blow when first-choice keeper David de Gea picked up an injury when playing for Spain in midweek which makes him a big doubt for the game. Sergio Romero will likely deputise if the Spaniard is not fit.
Liverpool have reportedly no further injury concerns after the international break and with two of their first choice defensive players back fit, Jurgen Klopp could promote both to the first team for this huge clash.
Probable Man Utd Team – 4-3-3 – Romero, Young, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Pogba, McTominay, Pereira, Rashford, James, Martial.
Probable Liverpool Team – 4-3-3 – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Man Utd v Liverpool Tips
- Match Result – Liverpool to win – 4/6
- Correct Score – Liverpool to win 3-1 – 14/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 13/10
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I’ve gone for Liverpool to win this game. For me, United are nowhere near as strong as they were last season, let alone in season past whereas this is one of the best Liverpool sides of any era. If the visitors can find their best form, as they tend to do against the better sides, then I think their counter attacking skills will put United to the sword. Sadio Mane has a knack of scoring key goals too and as such, I think he is more likely to find the net in this game than the prolific Mo Salah.