How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Liverpool 21/20, Draw 5/2, Manchester United 5/2 - Sky Bet
- First Goalscorer: Daniel Sturridge 11/2, Danny Ings 11/2, Divock Origi 11/2, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5/1, - Paddy Power
- Half Time/Full Time: Liverpool/Liverpool 12/5, Draw/Liverpool 4/1, Draw/Draw 9/2 - Coral
- Liverpool have started their first full season under the tutelage of Jürgen Klopp in fine form, seemingly scoring at will. Defeat to newly-promoted Burnley aside, the Reds have been a joy to watch as their front line rip through opposition defenses, scoring 26 goals in just nine games. Victory over Swansea City in their last outing gave the Reds an unprecedented fourth straight league win under Klopp and showed that Liverpool are able to dig deep in order to win.
- Manchester United have endured a mixed start to the season, as convincing wins over some of the divisions less-favoured teams have been overshadowed by disappointing defeats to Manchester City and Watford. Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop an underperforming Wayne Rooney seemed to provide United with the spark they needed as they thrashed Premier League champions Leicester 4-1, but the Red Devils were soon brought back down to earth with a 1-1 draw with Stoke, proving that the side is still lacking that killer instinct that the club were once famous for.
Liverpool won’t want to give up their 100 percent home record so early in the season, and certainly not to their bitterest of rivals. The home side are without a league win over United since the days of David Moyes, but a 2-0 win in the Europa League last season did end a run of four straight defeats against the Red Devils. Since Klopp took over, Liverpool have saved their best performances for games against the league’s very best sides, so expect a positive display. A win for the Reds is priced at 21/20 with BetVictor, while a more risky bet of win-to-nil is being offered at odds of 3/1.
The Reds have relied heavily on goals from their midfielders this term, so it could be worth keeping an eye on the likes of Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho to grab a goal or two during this game. Lallana has thrived since the arrival of Klopp and is currently enjoying a fantastic run of form that has led to him becoming a regular starter for Liverpool. The Englishman is 9/1 with BetVictor to net first, providing he can recover from a knock he picked up in his last outing at Swansea. Coutinho is another player to have felt the benefits of playing under the former Borussia Dortmund manager. A stunning free-kick against Arsenal in the opening match of the season was followed up with goals against Hull City in the league and Derby County in the EFL Cup. The Brazilian wizard is 6/1 to break the deadlock and 2/1 to score anytime, both with Sky Bet.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is no stranger when it comes to facing Liverpool. The former Chelsea boss has squared off against the Anfield side on 23 occasions during his time in English football, emerging victorious in all but six games. The self-titled ‘Special One’ may also have the mental edge over his opponents, having previously dealt a devastating blow to the Merseyside club’s chances of winning a first Premier League title in 2014 following Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip-up. Now in charge at Old Trafford, Mourinho is 11/4 with Paddy Power to maintain his hoodoo over Liverpool and head back to Manchester with all three points.
If Manchester United are to prosper this Monday, they could rely on this season’s top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbing a vital goal or two. The former Paris Saint Germain forward has already scored four times in the league for his latest club and another goal in his next game is priced at 2/1 with Sky Bet. For those looking for slightly better odds, Marcus Rashford may be worth considering. The youngster may be days away from turning 19, but he already has eight goals to his name since breaking into the United side under Louis Van Gaal. Paddy Power have the England international at odds of 5/2 to score at anytime, while William Hill have the 18-year-old priced at 25/1 to score anytime in a 2-1 win for the away side.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Liverpool to win 2-1 - 17/2 with BetVictor
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.