Liverpool needs to get out of the crisis, and the perfect way is to defeat Manchester United in the derby game of the English Premier League round 26. The Reds would want to forget this season as soon as possible, but right now, have to collect points to reach the top-four zone and secure the UEFA Champions League next year. Manchester has momentum following a win in the Carabao Cup finals and a tremendous streak of positive results posted across all the competitions. The Red Devils crave revenge for last year’s humiliations against the big rivals, and want to hit back at Anfield.
Liverpool (+145) has looked good in the Premier League since mid-February, winning three events and recording one tie. The wins were over Everton, Newcastle and Wolves, while a goalless draw took place at Selhurst against Crystal Palace.
What is encouraging for the Reds’ fans are four clean sheets in those contests, which is something we haven’t seen in a while when this unit plays.
However, a 2-5 defeat against Real Madrid hurts a lot. Liverpool had a 2-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes, but then came one of the worst collapse ever seen at Anfield, once Klopp’s boys allowed five goals in a row. We are more than positive that such a thing won’t happen for a long time.
Manchester United (+180) rides a massive swing. First, the Red Devils won in the Carabao Cup finals against Newcastle, 2-0, taking the trophy and crowning a stretch of very good performances. Following that, they managed to eliminate West Ham from the FA Cup, 3-1, despite falling behind in the second half.
United scored twice inside the stoppage time, further increasing a strong momentum earned in the previous 10 events in which they haven’t lost. Durgin that time, Ten Hag and the crew posted eight victories and two ties, scoring twice in each event, including the one against the Hammers.
They eliminated Barcelona from the UEFA Europa League, 4-3 on aggregate, also coming back from a 0-1 deficit. Blaugrana took the lead at Old Trafford, but Rashford and the boys erased that.
Liverpool has several players who won’t play; Luis Diaz is the most important. Joe Gomez, Thiago, and Ramsay are also out for sure. Arthur is questionable, but we believe he won’t be in the protocol as well.
Eriksen, Greenwood, Martial and van de Beek are unavailable for United, while Luke Shaw remains questionable.
Head to Head Games
The first game of the year saw the Red Devils winning at Trafford, 2-1. Last year Liverpool humiliated their archenemies, winning 0-5 at Trafford and 4-0 at Anfield.
Overall, Manchester United has 90 wins, Liverpool posted 80 triumphs and 68 meetings ended without winners. Though the Red Devils won just three of the previous 16 clashes against the Reds.
Both teams are efficient and score goals regardless of the defense on the other side. This should be a high-intensity event, with two teams that like to dictate the tempo and engage in offensive-minded contests. Both teams to score is the first pick, and the odds on that are -200, which suits our needs just fine.
Pick: Both teams to score -200
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