Liverpool are odds-on to claim an 11th successive league win at Anfield, but Sheffield United are expected to be a lot more competitive on Thursday.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Thursday, 2nd December
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Liverpool were made to work for the points when they hosted Wolves last time out, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s plucky side giving them a lot of scare even though Sadio Mane’s effort decided the close contest.
The 1-0 victory made it 18 victories from 19 top-flight matches for The Reds whose only dropped points so far this season came courtesy of a draw versus Manchester United in October 2019.
Thus, they hold a 100 % record at their home ground coming into this one, and will seek to ram home the advantage.
Sheffield, are however no push overs. The 2-0 loss they suffered to Manchester City last weekend was their first away defeat since they earned promotion to the Premier League, so they will quickly want to swing things back in their favour with a big performance against the runaway leaders.
They went down 1-0 when they hosted Liverpool in the reverse fixture in September, and last tasted success over them here in a league game back in 2003.
Jordan Henderson recovered just in time to feature versus Wolves and is certain to start here again.
Jurgen Klopp have at least six players ruled out for this clash.
Simon Moore and John Lundstram are both doubts for United.
Head to Head
This is the 132nd competitive meeting between the two of these sides, with Liverpool winning 60 to United’s 47. 31 have ended as stalemates.
Liverpool have won their last 17 home matches in the Premier League.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Sheffield United’s last eight away league games.
Liverpool are simply unstoppable at the moment and it might take more quality than their next opponents can muster to find them out. Liverpool’s last five league games (WWWWW)
Sheffield United failed to win again last time out, after winning three on the row last month, so they could be in need of significant response, and fast. Sheffield’s last five league games (WWWDL)
Liverpool are expected to bag maximum points from this clash but it wouldn’t be plain-sailing for the leaders. Sheffield are known for their compact and disciplined approach at the rear, and I think we will see such outcome again here so backing a first half draw/Liverpool win at 7/2 would hardly look out of place.
A ‘NO’ for Both Teams to score is also worth exploring given that at least one side would have to sit back and defend a lot here. You can pick on this market for 17/20.
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