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The Premier League clash of the weekend comes from Old Trafford, as north-west rivals Man United and Liverpool meet.


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Manchester United v Liverpool (Sky Sports Premier League, 1405 KO)

Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate
Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate at Stamford Bridge

These north-west rivals have played out some classics over the years and here's hoping for another.

As ever, there are many sub plots and it makes for an interesting match.

In this fixture, it has usually been Manchester United chasing the title. This time they have a big say, but not how they would have hoped at the start of the season - because either way a rival of theirs benefits from the result - with advantage going to either Liverpool or Man City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be taking notice of that though, with all thoughts on continuing his unbeaten run in the Premier League since taking over as interim manager and they look well on course for a top four finish.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, however, are six unbeaten in all competitions now and can go top of the table with Man City in Carabao Cup action.


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Anthony Martial scores for Manchester United against Fulham
Anthony Martial scores for Manchester United against Fulham

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool (Sky Bet odds: Price Boosted to 12/1)

An incredibly tough one to call, but United would take no greater joy in dashing their biggest rivals' title hopes and the way they have been performing of late it is more than possible. Solskjaer is proving to be tactically astute after wins over the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea already. Furthermore, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could be fit for the clash, which could prove to be huge for the hosts.

Best bet: Man United to score 2+ goals at 11/8

It is not often you will see Man United as second favourites in a match at Old Trafford and the near 3/1 price on them to win alone looks tempting. But the price on the hosts to score two or more goals is just as eye-catching with the added insurance of a possible draw. The Red Devils have scored 28 goals in 13 games under the Norwegian and, with the confidence they are currently playing with, two goals at Old Trafford is worth considering.

RequestABet: Man United to score 2+ goals, BTTS and 20+ booking points each team at 9/2


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Jurgen Klopp gives out instructions to James Milner
Jurgen Klopp gives out instructions to James Milner
  • Manchester United have won seven of their last nine home league games against Liverpool, losing 0-3 in March 2014 and drawing 1-1 in January 2017.
  • Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the league double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. They’re already the side to do the Premier League double over the Red Devils more than any other in the competition (4).
  • Only Manchester City and Chelsea (6 each) have won more Premier League away games against Manchester United than Liverpool (5).
  • This will be the first time Manchester United have hosted Liverpool in a league game with the Reds as high as second in the table since October 1996 – Man Utd won 1-0 thanks to a David Beckham strike.
  • Manchester United are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W8 D1), and their longest run without defeat in the competition since October 2017 (10 games).
  • Manchester United have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Premier League games at Old Trafford this season, only Fulham have kept as few in home games (1). Meanwhile, Liverpool are one of three sides to have scored in every away league game coming into this round of matches (along with Spurs and Man Utd).
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games (W9 D3). However, against sides starting the day in the top four, they’re winless in their last seven away from home since beating Chelsea 2-1 in September 2016.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 25 points in his nine Premier League games as Man Utd manager. Victory or a draw in this match would see him set a new record points total for a manager in their first 10 games in charge of a Premier League side (currently 25 by Guus Hiddink at Chelsea).
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the 20th different Manchester United manager to take charge of a league match against Liverpool. Nine of the previous 19 have won their first such encounter, most recently Louis van Gaal in December 2014.
  • Manchester United are the only side that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has faced more than once in the Premier League but not scored or assisted a single goal against (3 games).
  • Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri scored Liverpool’s goals in the reverse fixture against Manchester United. The last Liverpool player to score home and away against the Red Devils in the same Premier League season was Fernando Torres in 2009-10.
  • Manchester United keeper David De Gea has kept 99 clean sheets in the Premier League. He could become the 15th different keeper to record 100 shutouts in the competition, and just the seventh to do so with a single club.
  • Mohamed Salah has scored 49 Premier League goals for Liverpool. If he scores in this game, he’d have reached his 50 in just 63 games, making him the fastest player to reach the milestone for a single club.
  • Paul Pogba has scored eight goals and assisted a further five in his last nine Premier League games, with Newcastle being the only game he’s not scored or assisted in that run.

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Get all the latest football gossip from the day's back pages1

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