2017-18 EPL: Liverpool vs Manchester United Betting Tips

October 13, 2017 by Posted in Soccer Tips

Traditional rivals Liverpool and Manchester United renew their rivalry in the English Premier League when they clash at Anfield on Saturday, October 14th. The history between these two sides, the rivalry between the managers add to the significance of this fixture making it a must-watch this weekend.

Season so far
Liverpool have started the season as title contenders but a spate of below-par performances has seen them quickly drop off the mix. They currently are seventh in the Premier League table with 12 points from seven fixtures – three wins, three losses and one draw.

United have been one of the form teams of the season so far, together with Manchester City. They are unbeaten so far with six wins and one draw giving them 19 points. It is only goal difference that separates them from the table-topping City.

Can Mourinho pass this test?
United started this season brightly with summer signing Romelu Lukaku leading the line perfectly. Goals at the front are complemented by steel at the back as another summer signing Nemanja Matic has proved to be a revelation so far. However, the fact that they have not faced any strong opponent so far dilutes their run.

Jose Mourinho knows well that anything less than a win would give City the lead in the title race. He wouldn’t want to ‘park the bus’ like he did last season to snatch a point in a goal less draw at Anfield. Tables have turned and the onus is on Mourinho to go for a positive result.

Jurgen Klopp has worries of his own to handle as his leaky defence is showing no signs of improvement. Stopping Lukaku is key to their chances on Saturday and the German would be worried about his back-four keeping him at bay. The attacking triumvirate of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah means that the Reds will have enough ammunition to trouble the frugal visitors.

Key Stats and battles
United have scored in all their matches this season while Liverpool have kept only two clean sheets. However, United are winless against Liverpool in their last four meetings across competitions with this fixture last year ending in a 0-0 stalemate.

It is tough to choose between these sides in this fixture as form book goes out of the window. United are primed to win this contest at odds of $2.75 (bet365) while a draw is favoured at odds of $2.75 (bet365). However, the hosts could spring a surprise and win the contest at odds of $3.30 (bet365).

TIP: Liverpool to win – $3.30 at bet365

The odds on both sides to score comes at $1.70 (bet365) and looks very prudent. Among the players, Coutinho looks primed to score a goal anytime at odds of $3.60 (bet365).

TIP: Coutinho to score – $3.60 at bet365

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