Onside View’s resident football tipster, Mr Robinson, takes a look at the biggest PL game of the season to date. Top of the league Manchester United play second-place Liverpool, who have long been in the shadow of their north-west neighbours. Can United do the unthinkable and take a 6 point lead at the summit, or will Liverpool prove that Klopp’s new dynasty’s here to stay?
Exactly 5 years ago (to the day), United won their last PL game at Anfield. A Wayne Rooney goal was enough to take the spoils for then manager Louis Van Gaal. Though Ole is still winless against last season’s champions. But, like a lot of United’s recent stats, there’s another way to look at it: they’ve only lost once under Solskjaer and have been increasingly harder to beat.
Liverpool are winless in 3 league games
Though, only Allardyce’s WBA have taken points at Anfield this season. For a side blessed in attacking abundance, they’ve recently found goals incredibley hard to come by. Drawing blanks against Saints and Newcastle has made the prospect of facing in-form United that bit more challenging.
You could argue the shine has slightly worn off this Liverpool side, but champions always struggle second time around. It’s the character they show now that will determine their legacy. They’ve shown already this season, with a lengthy injury list, the reason they sit comfortably in second is down to Klopp’s ability to galvanise players. Sunday is no exception. Expect a response. And expect them to find their shooting boots — none more so than a slightly forgotten and dishevelled Brazilian. Backing Bobby Firmino to score anytime @14/5 with BetFred is great value.
United are undefeated away in the league this season, winning every game barring a draw at Leicester. Another away win last time out at Burnley saw them take a 3 point lead at the top, and had Twitter ironically trending #oleout.
I’ve written many times this season about the United fallacy and how the Gollum-faced assassin has teetered on the brink of redundancy. I’ve even started questioning my own football knowledge, as the PL table screams in my face. However, knowing how painfully quick things can turn in football, I expect it to still go wrong for OGS. A Liverpool win would spin those fickle stats once more, leaving United with 1 away win in 3. Doesn’t sound so good put like that. So, backing Liverpool Home Win @21/20 with BetFred is the best odds you’ll find for a while.
Before a ball’s even kicked, United would take a draw. They’d maintain their 3-point lead and head into games against Fulham and Sheffield United brimming with confidence, Knowing the importance of a win, Liverpool will have to come out of the traps quickly. However, with a makeshift defence, I can see gaps appearing early on for United to exploit. If United get that early goal they’ll try to manage the game and make it hard for Liverpool. The only outside value I can find is backing HT/FT – Man United/Draw @14/1 with BetFred
Score Prediction: 2-1
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