The international football break was concluded this Wednesday, where national teams faced off in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. We had exciting matches, surprising results, and as the qualifiers come to a close, the picture clears up on which teams we’ll be watching on the big stage.
This weekend marks the return of league football, and it brings excitement and anticipation for fans around the globe, which is always the case when a derby of this magnitude awaits us. Manchester United vs Liverpool takes place on Match Day 5 of the English Premier League. Not only will this be a presumably fantastic match between two great teams, but it will also play a crucial role in shaping the early league table.
The Red Devils have reinforced their squad with stable, promising names for the 2015-16 season, in the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay. Although the team’s results haven’t been impressive so far, their strength is not to be neglected. This is Manchester United, after all. The current league table has them on 5th place with 7 points, thanks to their triumphs versus Aston Villa, Totenham, draw with Newcastle United, and a surprising loss to Swansea, most recently.
Van Gaal’s men have regrouped after a week of international football, and they will be thirsty for a win against their next opponent; Liverpool. The spotlight for this game would lie on Wayne Rooney, as he recently broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for the most international goals. However, there have been recent rumors of a hamstring injury; therefore his participation in the next match is doubtful.
Probable lineup: De Gea, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Depay, Mata, Fellaini
Doubtful: Wayne Rooney
Injured: Phil Jones
Liverpool started their run in the 2015-16 season in perfect fashion, winning two out of two. However, they slumped recently with one loss and a draw, leaving them on the 7th spot on the league table with a 2:3 goal difference and 7 points.
The Reds had an embarrassing run in their last game, losing 0:3 vs West Ham on Anfield, and things aren’t looking great for their next match vs Manchester United on Old Trafford. If they are to secure a win, it will come as quite the shock for everyone, while leaving with a draw sounds the likelier option. A big reason for these words is especially the absence of key players such as Henderson, Lallana and recently; Coutinho, who got booked twice and has to take a one game break.
Probable lineup: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Lucas, Can, Milner, R. Firmino, Benteke, Ings
Injured: Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho
Looking at recent form, both teams are coming in to this match with a loss in their previous matches, 2:1 for United and 0:3 for Liverpool. Taking that into consideration, Manchester United still have the edge here. They will be playing at home, and they have arguably the stronger lineup. Moreover, Liverpool are missing a few players due to injuries, which will surely affect their overall performance.
Despite the fact Wayne Rooney might be unavailable for the match, his performance in the league hasn’t been impressive so far, and his absence may not hinder the Red Devils’ strength in the match.
If you’re betting on the winner, Manchester United should come out as the winner of this match, with odds of 2.00 or 1/1.
Our best recommendation, with similar odds, would be betting on over 2 goals @ 1.60 or 3/5.
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