Liverpool vs Manchester UnitedEnglish Premier League, KO: 16:30 Jan 19, 2020, Anfield
LIVERPOOL have performed almost-perfectly in the Premier League for over 12 months, however, Jurgen Klopp's table-toppers have failed to put fierce rivals Manchester United to the sword during the last two showdowns between these two sides.
The runaway Reds welcome the Red Devils to Anfield on Sunday afternoon and Klopp's star-studded side will be desperate to avenge their only blemish to date in their quest to claim their first domestic league title in 30 years.
A late Adam Lallana goal salvaged a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford back in October on afternoon where the Merseysiders were uncharacteristically lackluster, however, the Liverpool juggernaut has since got back on track by landing 11 league wins on the spin.
Indeed, Manchester United's season has been plagued with inconsistency, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does appear to have a knack for formulating a plan to thwart the heavyweights of the division – United have yet to taste defeat this season when coming up against any of the current top-eight.
Solskjaer's young guns annihilated Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford last Saturday to remain in contention for Champions League qualification, before squeezing past Wolves in an FA Cup third round on replay Wednesday night.
United's unpredictability can be attributed to their sustained bout of top-flight travel sickness – the Red Devils have only managed to rack up maximum points from three of their last 15 Premier League road trips – and such frailty does not bode well ahead of a trip to fortress Anfield.
The Betting Odds
Liverpool have won 28 of their last 30 league matches at Anfield and another home success on Sunday is heavily fancied at odds-on of 2/5 (Betfred)
Manchester United are a towering 17/2 (BetVictor) to become the first visiting team to triumph at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017 and another all square affair between these two old foes is also deemed improbable at 4/1 (Bet 365)
The Betting Angles
I landed a full house of winners when Liverpool welcomed Watford to Anfild last month and I'm going to revisit one of those markets on Merseyside when Manchester United come calling this weekend.
Liverpool have led at half time in 10 of their 11 league games in their own backyard this term before going on to collect all three points and I fancy the Reds to make that 11 out of 12 when locking horns with a Red Devils side who have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 league away trips.
The likes of Arsenal, Leicester, Man City and Wolves have all found themselves trailing at the interval at this venue before falling to defeat and that all adds to the appeal of backing Liverpool in the half time/full time market at an appetizing 11/10 (Bet 365)
Another betting angle that has clicked for me on a number of occasions this season is backing Liverpool to score two or more goals and to take five or more corners and I like the look of that bet landing again at 4/5 (Bet 365) this weekend.
The Reds have been rampant at home this season where they have scored two or more goals in all but one of their 11 league outings and nine of that sequence have seen the hosts take five or more corners.
Given that Man United will more than likely take a similar approach to that of what they did in the reverse fixture by setting out to frustrate the free-flowing world champions, I suspect Liverpool will try and use the width of their two flying full-backs to breakthrough United's rigid rearguard, and that in turn could see the Anfield side accumulate a number of corner kicks.
However, the visitors do possess the fifth leanest defence in the division and that coupled with Liverpool mastering the art of winning with steel rather than style would suggest that a goalfest on Sunday is unlikely.
What's more, history shows that recent meetings between these two sides tend to be cagey affairs and with that in mind, I'm going to utilize Bet 365's Bet Builder feature by combing Liverpool to win, under 4.5 Match goals and at least one Man United card which looks nicely priced at 5/6 (Bet 365)
This English Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United will be played on Jan 19, 2020 and kick off at 16:30