In less than two weeks the biggest rivalry in English football will resume. Manchester United welcomes Liverpool to Old Trafford on the 14th of December, with this game assuming great importance in the race for a top four finish. Both clubs are desperate to be in the Champions League next season, but it is likely that one of them will miss out.
The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool has always been strong. They are the two most successful teams in English football, with 20 and 18 league titles respectively. Despite their individual rivalries with Manchester City and Everton, there is nothing that matches the animosity and passion of a Manchester United vs. Liverpool game.
This season’s meeting between the two should be a very close affair. Liverpool were deserved 3-0 winners the last time they met at Old Trafford, but United have improved dramatically since that defeat. Bookies believe that they will come out on top on home turf, with odds of 17/20 available on a Manchester United win. In contrast, Liverpool are at 15/4 to get the win, while a draw is priced at 14/5.
Betting on a local derby can be difficult, because form usually goes out the window. It is best to stick with the home team for these games. United and Liverpool are evenly matched, which means the home crowd will give United a big advantage. They will want revenge for last season’s humiliating defeat and the players will try to deliver their best performance of the season.
Liverpool will be without their main striker Daniel Sturridge for this game. Manchester United also have a slew of injuries, with Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Phil Jones expected to miss this game. Wayne Rooney has had some injury issues lately, but he should be fit for United.