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The biggest game of the weekend comes up in Merseyside as eternal rivals Liverpool and Manchester United go to war on Sunday.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 19th, January
Kick-off: 17:30 pm
Venue: Anfield
TV Channel: Sky Sports

Liverpool will understandably view this game as a potential banana skin to their chances of going the rest of the season unbeaten, after all their visitors remain the only side to have taken a Premier League point off them so far. The numbers the Reds have amassed this season is thus, simply staggering — with 61 points from 63 games, Liverpool have now made the best ever start to a season in any of Europe’s top five divisions.

Their latest 1-0 victory (versus Tottenham) might not have been convincing enough but Roberto Firmino’s early opener in London just about got the business done, and that is really all that matters at the moment.

You have to go as far back as January 2017 to the last time Jurgen Klopp’s side lost a league game at Anfield, so the hosts will feel confident of earning bragging rights when United come to town.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side travel in search of an important win themselves, as the race for Champions League qualification gets even tougher with every fleeting minute. The Red Devils lie in fifth, five points off Chelsea in fourth with plucky Sheffield just two points adrift.

After they put four past Norwich at Old Trafford last weekend, the visitors followed that up with a disciplined 1-0 win over hard-fighting Wolves in their FA Cup replay and have seen their morale boosted.

However, games between these two have been close in recent times (six of their last eight have produced draws), and could be hard to call yet again.

Team news


Naby Keita and James Milner are out for Liverpool. Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Fabinho are doubtful for this one after just returning to training.

Manchester United

The fitness of United’s star Marcus Rashford will be a big worry for Solksjaer who will be desperate to have him fit and firing for this game.

Aside him, at least seven other first team players including Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw will play no part here.

Head to Head

In 203 competitive meetings, Manchester United have won 80 times to Liverpool’s 66. 57 games have been drawn.

Match stats

Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in their last eight league games.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Liverpool’s last three league home games.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in eight of the last ten games between these two sides in all competitions.

Team form

Liverpool have their last 18 home matches in the Premier League, and are still unbeaten in the league this season. Liverpool’s last five games in all competitions (WWWWW)

Manchester United recovered from the 3-1 loss to their city counterparts, Manchester City with two quick-fire victories, the latest which put them through to the next round of the FA Cup. Manchester United’s last five games in all competitions (LDLWW)

Suggested bets

I will be taking serious look at the goals market for this game, as Liverpool are on very short odds to claim a victory. Backing them outrightly is at best tricky anyway, so it is preferable to go for goals. Over 2.5 goals is 7/10 and that is the first of the tips here for this game.

And on the goals market, Anthony Martial is 3/1 to find the net anytime in another value bet.

You can view all other betting markets for this game here

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