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Manchester United v Liverpool predictions, betting tips & match preview: Expect another low-scoring stalemate at Old Trafford

Leigh Copson 9 Mar 2018
  • Manchester United v Liverpool kicks off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday, March 10
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Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United (credit: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Manchester United v Liverpool predictions for the Premier League game on Saturday, March 10. Will Manchester United hold on to second place this weekend or can Liverpool leapfrog them by leaving Old Trafford with all three points? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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One of the most famous rivalries in world football continues this Saturday when Manchester United host Liverpool, and while this match will not play any part in the destination of silverware this season there is a lot riding on this match beyond bragging rights.

Both clubs are looking to achieve their highest ever finishing position under their current bosses and it is Jose Mourinhos’ United side who are currently sitting second in the table, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds just two points behind. A win for United will strengthen their grip on second place courtesy for a five-point gap, while Liverpool will leapfrog their hosts if they manage to leave Old Trafford with all three points. So how does this game go down?

Manchester United go into the match on the back of a sensational second-half fightback at Crystal Palace that saw them snatch a 3-2 victory from the jaws of defeat, with Nemanja Matic’s added-time strike snatching all three points at Selhurst Park. That victory improved United’s recent unbeaten run in all competitions to four games and they have now lost just two of their last 15 competitive fixtures.

Both of those defeats came at home though – this United side is a different animal at home. Mourinho’s men have lost just once at Old Trafford in the league this season and they have dropped points in only three of their 14 outings. The performances may not always be pretty, but it has been effective and the ‘Theatre of Dreams has once again become somewhat of a fortress for the Red Devils – if they want to challenge for titles in future years being strong at home is a good building block.

Liverpool, meanwhile, make the short trip to Manchester at the end of a week where they moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.

The Reds have bounced back from the shock defeats to Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion in impressive fashion, and while a much-changed team failed to score against Porto in midweek the goals have been flowing recently with Mohamed Salah in sensational form. Liverpool will arrive at Old Trafford brimming with confidence, but can they turn that confidence into three points? I am not so sure.

That sound you can hear in Old Trafford right now is Mourinho reversing the team bus in front of the goal. The Portuguese is renowned – some would say notorious – for taking a defensive approach to the big games and when you are coming up against a free-scoring Liverpool side you really cannot blame him. Those tactics worked earlier this season as United held Klopp’s team to a goalless draw to claim a point, and they also worked in the three meetings prior to that because these two clubs have now shared the spoils in each of the last four clashes.

Goals have been at a premium too, with two 1-1 draws and two 0-0 stalemates during this sequence, and there is every chance we are going to see something similar here. After all, a point would allow United to keep Liverpool at bay in the race for second place. It may not be easy on the eye, but Mourinho’s method of stifling the opposition does work and I do not see the Portuguese suddenly moving away from that tactic when these two teams lock horns again on Saturday.

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Manchester United v Liverpool Stats

  • Manchester United and Liverpool drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier this season
  • The last four meetings between Manchester United & Liverpool have ended in draws
  • Each of the last six games between Manchester United & Liverpool have seen Under 2.5 Total Goals
  • Manchester United have lost just one of their 14 home games in the league this season, winning 12 of them
  • Liverpool have lost only one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League
  • Liverpool have not won at Old Trafford since a 3-0 victory over Manchester United in March 2014

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