Kick-off: 1600, 16/12/2018
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Liverpool vs Man Utd
Manchester United have shown improved form in their last couple of Premier League matches and aren’t too far behind Liverpool on our Trueform ratings.
The Red Devils can also take heart from having gone four seasons without tasting defeat against their Merseyside rivals in this competition.
That run includes goalless draws at Anfield for the past two campaigns, so 3/1 for another stalemate here is rated a value Liverpool vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool stormed to the top of the table when romping to a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth, where Mohamed Salah was back to his best with a hat-trick.
Jurgen Klopp’s side capitulated to a 4-3 defeat at the same ground in December 2016, but the German coach hopes his players are now far more robust than that.
“We are really more controlled in these situations now,” commented Klopp. “It was a big step for us; very important.
“Last year, we were really flying and everything was brilliant, until we were not flying. The difference between flying and not flying was quick last year.
“It was something we wanted to work on. It’s worked out. That’s good. A few new players have come in and other players are more mature.”
However, the Reds have been less convincing in big matches this term, drawing with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal and only scraping past Everton in fortuitous fashion.
This fixture also follows a massive Champions League clash with Napoli, so 27/20 for the hosts not to win is another tempting option from the Liverpool vs Man Utd odds.
Last Liverpool EPL line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Firmino, Salah.
Liverpool have defensive issues, as Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot) and Joel Matip (broken collarbone) this week joined Joe Gomez (fractured leg) on the injury list.
Nathaniel Clyne has returned to fitness but midfielder James Milner is likely to start on the right side at the back.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United are languishing 16 points off the pace after a troubled start to the season, but there have been some encouraging signs of late.
Jose Mourinho’s men twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Arsenal and then registered a rare emphatic win when beating Fulham 4-1.
Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku netted in an impressive first-half display, with Marcus Rashford ending hopes of a fightback after the Cottagers had pulled one back from the penalty spot.
“It was a shame that we couldn’t keep the clean sheet, but it was a very good performance,” beamed Mata.
“A performance that the fans I think they have been waiting for and we know that we have to do this more often.”
Mourinho seems to have belatedly accepted the need for more up-tempo tactics and there has been a fresh energy and enthusiasm to United’s play.
The Red Devils could also afford to rest players for their European trip to Valencia, with a place in the last 16 already assured.
This will obviously be a tough test, but we’re adding 19/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Liverpool vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd EPL line-up: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Young, Dalot, Mata, Lingard, Herrera, Matic, Lukaku, Rashford.
Marcos Rojo joined the ranks of sidelined United defenders during Wednesday’s loss to Valencia and looks certain to miss out, along with Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez.
Chris Smalling, Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are all doubts.
Last Premier League result:
LIVERPOOL 1-0 Napoli – Mohamed Salah
Valencia 2-1 MAN UTD – Marcus Rashford
Head-to-head: Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd
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