After a two-week break the Premier League returns this weekend and the stand-out game is undoubtedly Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford, where they’ll take on fierce rivals, Manchester United. After a superb start to the current campaign, the visitors will go into the game odds-on to win and are now the bookies’ favourites to claim a maiden Premier League title. Here at Compare Betting Sites we search our list of betting partners to bring you the best match odds in a wealth of different markets as well as the latest team news and tips ahead of what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
League leaders, Liverpool, arrive at Old Trafford having won every one of their eight league games so far this season, forging an eight-point lead over their nearest challengers. Three points at Manchester United will be an eighteenth consecutive Premier League win, equalling the record set by Manchester City in 2017.
In contrast, Sunday’s hosts, Manchester United, have endured a disastrous start to the current campaign. The Red Devils are win-less in their last three games and are just two points above the relegation zone thanks to a return of just nine points in their eight games so far; their lowest points tally after eight games in the Premier League era.
Double injury blow for Manchester United
Manchester United ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at home to Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League season but the wheels have come off since. Their miserable run of form has not been helped by a raft of injuries to several first-team players.
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has been handed a double injury blow this week after both David De Gea and Paul Pogba were ruled out of Sunday’s fixture. The duo will be joined on the sidelines by Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones as well as long-term absentee, Eric Bailly. However, Solskjaer will be hopeful that several of his other established first-team players can win the race to be fit in time for the Liverpool clash. Anthony Martial is back in training having not featured since August whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Diego Dalot could all return for the hosts.
In contrast to Manchester United’s injury woes, Jurgen Klopp’s squad could display a clean bill of health on Sunday. Goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, has been absent since the opening weekend of the season but could replace Adrian between the posts on Sunday. In defence, Joel Matip is Liverpool’s only other fitness doubt but the Cameroon international should recover from a knee injury that has sidelined him for the past two games.
Liverpool may be enjoying their best run of form in the Premier League era but their recent record at Old Trafford leaves this fixture wide-open. Liverpool have not won at Old Trafford since claiming a 3-0 win in March 2014. In the last five league meetings between these two great rivals at Old Trafford, Manchester United have won three and drawn two.
At 5/7 Red Zone Sports are offering the best price on a Liverpool win whilst Manchester United are 9/2 with Betfair. This fixture last season finished in a stalemate and MarathonBet are offering 63/20 on another draw this season.
A repeat of last season’s 0-0 draw is 12/1 with William Hill. However, a score-less 90 minutes seems unlikely this season. MarathonBet are so confident we will not be subjected to another bore draw that they are offering money back as a free bet on all correct score single bets if Sunday’s game finishes 0-0.
Over 2.5 match goals at 4/5 with BetVictor looks like a far more attractive bet. If you expect Liverpool to extend their winning streak but are put off by the short odds for an away win then why not take on the 12/5 on offer at Betfair for Liverpool to win and both teams to score.
Liverpool’s free-scoring side have already scored twenty goals in their first eight league games so it is hardly surprising to see their forwards dominate the first goal scorer market. It may be over a month since Mohamed Salah found the net in a Premier League game but the Egyptian international heads the first scorer market at 4/1 with Betway. Sportingbet are offering money back on all pre-match Build A Bet bets if Salah scores at any time.
Liverpool’s top scorer, Sadio Mane, is next in the betting and although he is also a 4/1 chance with most bookmakers, SpreadEx are offering 5/1 for Mane to open the scoring at Old Trafford. Alternatively, you could back Salah or Mane to score at any time with Unibet at 13/10 or 31/20 respectively.
England international, Marcus Rashford, remains Manchester United’s leading goalscoring hope and can be backed at a massive 17/2 with Paddy Power to score first. Rashford is available at 16/5 to score at any time with Unibet. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial burst onto the Premier League scene with a debut goal against Liverpool back in September 2015 and if the Frenchman can win the race to be fit for Sunday, he could attract plenty of support to make a scoring return to action. Martial is unlikely to start the game so may not be the most popular choice to claim the first goal but he should be considered at 10/3 with Unibet to score at any time.
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