More Mersey Joy for Manchester Utd?
Manchester Utd come into this match absolutely flying. Utd are full of confidence having won 6 and drawn 1 of their opening 7 Premier League fixtures.
They are also the 2nd top scorers in the league behind Manchester City. Man Utd also share the joint tightest defence with their city rivals. All of this points towards a revival for the Red Devils in the league under Jose Mourinho from the dour defensive team of last year. Much of this has to be be down to the goalscoring exploits of Romelu Lukaku.
Incredibly with a price tag of a reported £75 million he is looking like a bargain. Already with 7 goals in 7 appearances Manchester Utd know they have a forward who they can hit the ball long to if necessary or use him in intricate build up play.
None of this bodes well for Liverpool. In the last 12 Premier Leagues meetings between these 2 bitter rivals Manchester Utd have emerged victorious on 8 occasions. There have been 2 Liverpool victories and 2 draws during that period. Sandwiched in that was a Europa Cup meeting which Liverpool won 3-1 on aggregate courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Anfield.
Manchester Utd are undefeated in the last 3 seasons at Anfield having drawn 0-0 last year and won on their previous 2 visits. With Manchester Utd’s attacking prowess and Liverpool’s defensive frailties I can see this run being extended.
Liverpool to suffer a Manchester Utd Mauling?
Liverpool’s defensive frailties are well known. There is possibly no better manager than Jose Mourinho to exploit them. One saving grace for Liverpool is the news that Marouane Fellaini is injured and will miss the game. However there is still Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial amongst others to contend with. With a goalkeeper and defence being so low on confidence I cannot see them keeping a clean sheet.
Add to this to the fact that Liverpool have been dealt the blow that Sadio Mane is out injured for at least 6 weeks. Also Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are bound to be affected by the flight back from Brazil. Daniel Sturridge is struggling for form and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is already under pressure.
TIP OF THE DAY
I THINK THAT ROMELU LUKAKU WILL CONTINUE HIS HOT GOAL SCORING STREAK.
LUKAKU TO BE THE FIRST GOALSCORER IS GENERALLY AVAILABLE AT 7/2
FOR THOSE WANTING EVEN BETTER VALUE HAVE MANCHESTER UTD TO WIN THE MATCH AND LUKAKU TO SCORE AT ANYTIME AVAILABLE AT 6/1