After dropping two points against Chelsea last weekend, Manchester United will try to at least keep pace with Manchester City when they host arch-enemy Liverpool at Old Trafford on Feb. 11. City still sits on top of the English Premier League with 57 points followed by Man United with 55. United has 17 wins, four draws and three losses so far on the season.
Liverpool is in seventh place in the table with 39 points from 10 wins, nine draws and five losses. They’ve allowed just 21 goals against, which is the second-best defensive record in the league, but they’ve only scored 28 in their 24 league games, which is the eighth lowest total in the league. With goals coring obviously being the biggest problem at Liverpool, they’ll be glad that Luis Suarez finished his nine-game ban last week.
However, like his more-expensive teammate Andy Carrol, Suarez hasn’t found the net very often this season anyway. He’ll also be a target of United fans since he was banned for racially abusing United’s French defender Patrice Evra. But Liverpool’s recent record against United is pretty good. They’ve beaten them twice and drawn the other in their last three meetings. In addition, when they met at Anfield in their 1-1 draw in October, United had 44 per cent possession of the ball, which was their season worst.
Liverpool is basically out of the title race and they’re fighting to finish fourth and earn a spot in the Champions League next season. They’re currently one point behind Arsenal, three back of Newcastle and four behind fourth-place Chelsea, so the points are vital to them.
Between them, United and Liverpool are the two most successful clubs in English football history. This usually results in a close game and there’s no reason to believe this one will be any different. Alex Ferguson could start Javier Hernandez up front, likely with Wayne Rooney, since the Mexican tied the game against Chelsea last week and has scored in both of his last two league games against Liverpool.
Suarez said he’ll be motivated by a hostile Old Trafford crowd, but if he isn’t Craig Bellamy might be depended on to lead the attack. Bellamy managed to score half a dozen goals while Suarez sat out his suspension and is the team’s leading scorer.
Steven Gerrard will also need to keep up his streak against United. He has four
goals in his last five matches against them.
Man Utd v Liverpool Predictions
Man united will likely be without the services of Anderson, Darren Fletcher, Phil Jones, Anders Lindegaard, Nani, Michael Owen, and Nemanja Vidic while Liverpool will be without Lucas. United know they can’t afford to drop many more points if they hope to win a 20th title and should do just enough to win this game by a single goal.
The latest odds at sportsbook William Hill show a United win at 19/20 with a Liverpool victory at 10/3 and a draw at 21/10. Get free bets on this game through the banners on this page.