On September 1st, Manchester United will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool, with the rivalry between the two most successful clubs in England always creating a much anticipated game. This early in the season it will be a test to see how much Liverpool have improved and a big game for Manchester United t repeat to continue form and defend their champions title. Liverpool will be trying to keep their 100% record after recording two 1-0 victories against Stoke and Aston Villa whilst Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes will try to get his first ever win at Anfield after being unable to get a win there during his tenure at Everton. Brendan Rodgers will also be looking to pick up his first win against Manchester United.
Both teams will be dealing with some injuries going into the game. Liverpool look like they may be missing new signings Kolo Toure and Aly Cissoko along with Joe Allen who were all hurt in their Capital One Cup game on Tuesday. Sebastian Coates will also be missing this game and most of the season after an ACL injury. United will be missing Rafael who has been missing all season with a hamstring injury and will not be back until the middle of September. United may also be missing Nani and Chicharito Hernandez who both do not have a listed return date. (All injury news from physioroom.com).
Both Liverpool and United have had to deal with big transfer sagas this summer trying to hold on to star players, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez would not be playing, even if this saga didn’t happen, because of his suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Wayne Rooney was shunned a start in the season opener, coming off the bench late in the first game and but started the second against title rivals Chelsea. Both teams seem to be almost out of the woods with both these sagas but will know that nothing will be official until they either sign new contracts or the window ends. Liverpool had to play an entire 120 minutes on Tuesday vs Notts county in the Capital One Cup while United last played 90 minutes on Monday. The fact that Liverpool will be on less rest could have an effect late in the game.
In this rivalry, Manchester United have had the edge with 74 wins 51 draws and 62 losses in 187 previous meetings. If he plays, this will be Ryan Giggs 44th time he has played against Liverpool for United, the most appearances for a player for either team in the rivalry. United won both meetings between the two teams last season and the last time Liverpool were able to manage a Premier League victory over United was in March of 2011. The last time United were able to register an Anfield win vs 11 men was in December of 2007 and the last time United won at Anfield by more than one goal was in December of 1997.
The players who could be key in the result of this game are Robin Van Persie and Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge was brought in during the January transfer window from Chelsea and had a pretty good time with Liverpool at the end of last season with 10 Premier League goals. Sturridge has carried his good form into this season scoring Liverpool’s only two league goals along with two goals in the Capital One Cup game on Tuesday. Last year, Sturridge had very good stats for Liverpool not only scoring 10 goals but also having a 19% conversion rate, a 42% clear-cut chance conversion rate and scoring a goal every 109 minutes. In last year’s title winning campaign, Robin Van Persie was arguably the most important player scoring 26 league goals. Van Persie moved from Arsenal last season and made an instant impact scoring all those goals and many said that he was the difference in United winning the league. Van Persie last season had a 22% conversion rate, 43% clear-cut chance conversion rate, scored every 120 minutes, and created a chance every 45 minutes. So far, Van Persie has scored two goals in 2013/2014 scoring both vs Swansea in the opener but was kept quite by Chelsea.
Liverpool are slight favourites to win the game at 2.54 as opposed to United who are 3.05 to win. It is tough to bet against the defending champions but with no summer signings and a new manager it does make it a little bit easier. Many times big fixtures like this early in the season neither team wants to lose and the game ends in a draw which is 3.35 to happen, all odds by Pinnacle Sports.
Final Wrap Up
Injuries: Cissokho (Questionable), Toure (Questionable), Allen (Out), Coates (Out), Hernandez (questionable), Nani (questionable), Rafael (Out)
Prediction:– 2-1 Manchester United
2.54 Liverpool to win- £10 bet wins you £25.60 (includes initial £10 bet)
3.05 Manchester United to win- £10 bet wins you £30.05 (includes initial £10 bet)
3.35 for a Draw- £10 bet wins you £33.50 (includes initial £10 bet)