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Liverpool vs Manchester UnitedDecember 17 2023, 11:30 AM EDT
Liverpool odds-303
Manchester United odds+700
Over\Under2.5 -312/+250

Liverpool vs Manchester United typically guarantees juicy match-ups. 

Yet this season’s matchup is distinctly lacklustre, primarily due to United’s tactical disarray dampening any anticipation.

With the ongoing turmoil and disappointing Champions League exit, Manchester United’s focus is now solely on the Premier League, their only remaining avenue for redemption this season. 

Meanwhile, despite some setbacks against teams like Toulouse and Union Saint-Gilles, Liverpool have demonstrated a more focused and formidable approach in the Premier League.

They have remained unbeaten over the past month and are racking up victory after victory. 

Given Manchester United’s ongoing defensive struggles and their failure to resolve key tactical issues, they face a significant challenge against Liverpool.

Premier League Standings

  1. Liverpool – 37 points
  2. Arsenal – 36 points
  3. Aston Villa – 35 points
  4. Manchester City – 33 points
  5. Tottenham – 30 points
  6. Manchester United –27 points

On top of that, United is grappling with internal upheaval, further complicating their situation.

Coach Erik ten Hag is facing increasing scrutiny, with each week seemingly exacerbating the team’s troubles and raising more questions about their direction and strategy.

Liverpool vs Manchester United Main Match Info

Liverpool vs Manchester United, Prediction, Odds

The contrasting state of the two teams is reflected in the betting odds: It’s been a while since I’ve seen odds this one-sided.

Despite occasional close calls like the 4-3 thriller against Fulham, Liverpool’s status as the form team is a key factor. They’ve shown an ability to adapt and learn from their mistakes.

Since that nail-biting match, Liverpool has adjusted their strategy, ensuring that former Stuttgart player Wataru Endō maintains discipline in the midfield, balancing their aggressive attacking play. 

However, Endō’s adaptation to the Premier League, particularly in terms of pace and counterpressing, was apparent in the match against Crystal Palace. McTominay and Fernandes could theoretically exploit this to launch effective attacks through the central zone.

At the same time, Rashford has the potential to trouble the Reds with his swift counterattacks on the left flank, an area where Trent sometimes struggles to respond promptly and maintain discipline.

With Arsenal close on their heels in the Premier League standings, just a point behind, Liverpool must remain vigilant and focused to sustain their title challenge.

With that said, the good news is that their next opponent is Manchester United, especially considering Manchester United’s recent vulnerability in defence.

Apart from their draw with Manchester City (1-1), no team has managed to prevent Liverpool from scoring less than two goals per game over the past month. This statistic speaks volumes about Liverpool’s offensive prowess.

With Scott McTominay being pushed into more defensive roles for Manchester United, it raises the question of how Liverpool might exploit this tactical shift.

It’s also worth recalling the outcome of their last meeting, which ended in a staggering 7-0 victory in Liverpool’s favour. Mildly worrying.

Liverpool vs Manchester United Betting Tip

It’s rare to have such a tiny margin in odds for a three-goal margin.

But with Liverpool’s formidable trio – Darwin, Salah, and Szoboszlai, it’s hard to see anything but another difficult game for Manchester United.

While a repeat of the 7-0 scoreline might be unlikely, the prospects for Manchester United, particularly for Højlund, seem bleak, considering the physical challenges he’s set to face. 

On the other hand, Liverpool’s midfield dominance over United’s Mainoo-McTominay pairing is expected, contributing to the prediction.

The current state of Manchester United’s defence, which appears more vulnerable than ever, is a significant cause for concern as they prepare to face a high-powered Liverpool offence.

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