Liverpool vs Manchester United
England - Premier League 2019-2020. Jan 19th.
Closing odds - money line
Liverpool vs Manchester United 2 - 0
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Another Step towards the Title
Not since the beginning of December have Liverpool conceded a goal in the Premier League. Since then, they have won six league games in a row to extend their lead to 14 points. They must be so pleased that if things do go pear shaped, then they have a game in hand on their rivals.
12 of Liverpool's last 13 games have been won, the other being their Carabao Cup exit when fielding a virtual youth team. Liverpool just keep on winning and you can never quite be sure where their goals are going to come from. The last five games have seen six different players score for them. If it's not the midfielders or strikers that are scoring, watch ou for the defenders, not to mention all their assists.
Only one of their league games this season has seen them fail to secure three points. That of course was their trip to Old Trafford, where they had to get a late winner to get a point. Since then though, Liverpool have won all of their 12 league games, the most recent being a win at Tottenham. Liverpool go into this match looking to win their 18th straight Anfield PremIer League match. The last three have all been won without conceding but each match had under 2.5 goals scored. That follows a run of eight previous home league games that all had over 2.5 goals in the match.
Which United will turn up?
Manchester United start the weekend in fifth place in the Premier League. They are only five points behind the final Champions League place but a massive 27 adrift of Liverpool. A 13-point gap to second placed Manchester City is better than last season's effot but United still have a long way to go before they can be title challengers.
Inconsistency is the key problem that Ole Gunnar Solksjear has with his team. Only twice has his team managed to win two league games in a row and that has to change in the future. Their recent wins have come against Newcastle United, Burnley and Norwich City. The goals have been flowing in those wins but the standard of opposition hasn't exactly been high.
The promise of those wins and the performance of their young strikers bodes well for the future. However, United are still prone to disappointing defeats. That's particularly the case on their travels, where they have already lost five league games. - four more than Liverpool have lost home and away this and last season.
Keepiing clean sheets is another problem area for United. They may well have spent a fortune on Maguire and Wan-Bissaka but United have still conceded 25 league goals this season. Only three clean sheets have been kept in their last 33 league games and two of those have come in the last three matches. The strike force of Burnley and Norwich (minus Pukki) isn't exactly anything like what will be faced at Anfield on Sunday.
With only three away league wins all season, it's hard to see United getting a victory at Anfield. They did win at the Etihad but Liverpool haven't been having off-days like Manchester City. A home win is the likely result here, but United could well get on the scoresheet.