Liverpool v Manchester United: Mourinho’s men in for a rough ride.
Manchester United were being talked up as the pre-season title contenders behind their city rivals but so far it looks as if Liverpool are best placed to lay down a tilt at the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp is getting a fine tune out of his Reds side, with high profile wins over Leicester City and Chelsea in their five match winning streak in all competitions, not to mention a 4-3 win over Arsenal on matchday one.
The home side are 6/5 (2.20) with Betway to keep up their momentum with three points, the draw is priced at 12/5 (3.40) by the same firm and Manchester United are priced at 5/2 (3.50).
There are some fitness doubts over the likes of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum following the international break but the Merseyside club do have the weapons to hurt a United side who have flattered to deceive at times.
Dropping Wayne Rooney made no difference against Stoke last time out and the 3-1 defeat at Watford is a worrying sign for Jose Mourinho who seems to be struggling to find a formula which allows him to make the most of the wealth of talent at his disposal. Mostly because of the concerns of how to anchor the midfield and being dominated as a result.
The Hornets’ high press caused Mou’s men no end of problems that day and with Klopp one of the biggest exponents of this style, United could be overrun at Anfield. Odds against quotes on a home victory make some appeal but by adding in a goals-based angle punters could be looking at a much bigger return from their bets.
A Liverpool win with over 2.5 goals in the game is 2/1 (3.0), that looks a solid pick considering it’s landed in all seven of their victories in league and cup this term. It certainly appears the best way to potentially secure a tasty return from this blockbuster clash.
There are still cracks in the home sides’ defensive line, especially with a doubt over who the first choice goalkeeper will be but at the other end there is enough fire-power to get Liverpool out of trouble and ensure their impressive winning run continues to roll on.
United were routinely and regularly exposed when trying to shut down Manchester City in the derby earlier this season and they simply appear not to have the players to strangle the oppositions’ attacking threats, as Mourinho’s Chelsea side often did during his tenure.
A top-heavy side themselves, it seems unlikely that the outsiders will put up enough of a threat to take anything from this feisty atmosphere under the lights.
Those looking for a shorter price pick could consider over 1.5 Liverpool goals at 10/11 (1.91). Considering the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino should start up front in a three-pronged attack on Monday night, this looks a very tough assignment for the visiting backline who have already leaked in five of their seven Premier League games this season.