When you see a team trading at 3/5 at the top soccer betting sites to win a particular game, you could be forgiven for thinking they are very likely to win the game in question.
Unibet have this price about a Liverpool win on Sunday and it’s the sort of selection that you might put into a five-fold accumulator thinking that it’s a fairly safe leg compared to the other picks.
However, it’s hard to have a huge level of confidence that Jurgen Klopp’s side will beat Manchester United this weekend. Consider the past four scorelines in this encounter which have been 1-2, 0-1, 0-0 and 0-0. Does that give you the belief that a Liverpool win is on the cards?
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Yes, we saw the Reds blow Bournemouth away last weekend and Mohamed Salah scored a very precise hat-trick which illustrates that the Egyptian remains among the most predatory forwards that the Premier League has ever seen.
However, Jose Mourinho will feel fairly bullish that his Manchester United can once again nullify the team’s most bitter rivals and the draw is trading at 16/5 with BetVictor which many punters will feel is a sight for sore eyes.
The Red Devils’ away form of 3-2-3 might suggest they are there for the taking against a Liverpool side who have beaten everyone at Anfield bar Manchester City and including Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
However, the United players understand the importance of this fixture and it’s probably worth mentioning that the Manchester team beat Liverpool at Old Trafford last season thanks to two expertly-taken goals by Marcus Rashford.
Consider Under 2.5 Goals
We’ll also throw into the mix the fact that Mourinho’s men have won at Juventus this season and nearly did the same at Stamford Bridge, with the bookies wary enough to only offer 5/1 at Paddy Power that the visitors nick all three points and have the blue half of Manchester celebrating with them.
It’s hard to get away from the possibility of this clash being cagey. Liverpool played out a goalless draw against City and it was nearly the same against Everton but for a freak goal from Divock Origi.
With this in mind, Under 2.5 Goals looks too good to turn down at odds-against and Liverpool are prepared to go 5/4 about a fixture that has ended goalless in consecutive seasons, with United prepared to employ spoiling tactics once again.
Should We Expect a Draw?
Will we see a hat-trick of goalless draws at Anfield? Perhaps Liverpool will find their way past United at long last, although it’s hard to resist a little dabble on No Goalscorer at odds of 14/1 with bet365. Would you really be surprised if this was the outcome at the final whistle?
We know that Mourinho will operate with Romelu Lukaku as the frontman and will hope for the Belgian to hold the ball up, with the likes of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic screening a defence that has been far from watertight this season.
Paul Pogba is out of favour and this won’t be the game where the Frenchman will be risked, although United will be better rested after fielding a mixed team for Wednesday’s clash at Valencia just 24 hours after Liverpool clash with Napoli.