Manchester United travel to Liverpool in the opening game of this weekend’s Premier League action following the international break.
We start the day joint top of the table with Manchester City who are at home to Stoke City in one of the 3pm kickoffs, and seven points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side only seven games into the new season.
Both teams suffered important injuries over the international break – Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of today’s game for us with a knee injury picked up playing for Belgium, whilst the hosts are missing Sadio Mane. We also have Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo missing.
Ahead of the game, some football pundits have been giving their predictions for today’s game. They are as follows:
“I still think this fixture is the biggest game in the country because of the history behind it.
It is always a huge occasion and it is probably the type of fixture Liverpool need right now just to fire them up.
Since they beat Arsenal 4-0 at the end of August, there has not been a game in which Jurgen Klopp’s side have played well for the entire 90 minutes.
Consequently they have dropped points because they have made defensive lapses after not putting games to bed.
Liverpool have conceded an average of just under two goals a game in the league this season, so I am expecting United to score, especially with the form they are in.
Both teams will be missing some key injured players – Liverpool will miss Sadio Mane as well as Adam Lallana and, although it looks like Romelu Lukaku will be fit, United will be without Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini in midfield.
But the referee, Martin Atkinson, is going to play a big part in the outcome too because there are going to be quite a few tackles flying in from both sides.”
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
“The way these two teams are playing, especially this season, with all-out attack, there’s got to be plenty of goals in it. I think it depends on how Jose Mourinho sets up his team, but if they can capitalise on some of the mistakes that Liverpool’s defence will certainly make, it’s probably just about theirs for the taking.”
Ince’s prediction: 2-3
“This is a massive game, but I just don’t see how Liverpool win without Sadio Mane. I half-fancied them with Mane, but I can’t see it now.
It will be interesting to see how United approach it. You would like to think, with the squad and firepower they have got, that they will have a go. But we have said that before and they have parked the bus, so we will have to see what happens. It’s a big game for Romelu Lukaku. Now he is with one of the big boys he has to perform against the big boys.
Manchester United are a better team but Liverpool’s home advantage should help them get a draw.”
Merson’s prediction: 1-1
“The Reds are without a win in their last six in the Premier League against United although they did knock them out of the Europa League back in the 2015/16 season. Jose Mourinho’s side ‘parked the bus’ in the corresponding game last season and have only conceded in one league game so far this term – I don’t expect they will play an expansive game on Saturday.
Liverpool will play the only way they know at Anfield and that is to attack and it promises to be a fascinating game. Romelu Lukaku has scored seven times in his first seven Premier League games for United and no player has scored eight times in their first eight Premier League games for the club. The Belgium striker never scored at Anfield when playing in Merseyside derbies for Everton but, with the greatest of respect to the Blues, this will be the best side he has taken the field with against the Reds.
United will be without both Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini through injury although likely replacement Ander Herrera is an able deputy. The game will be played in a white-hot Anfield atmosphere and I cannot split the sides.”
Owen’s prediction: 1-1
Ben Pringle from the Express
“Leaky defence costs Jurgen Klopp.”
Pringle’s prediction: 1-2
60% are predicting a 1-1 draw at Anfield today whilst both Paul Ince and Ben Pringle are leaning towards us to pick up another three points. No one has faith in David de Gea keeping a clean sheet today despite shutting out the opposition in six of our opening seven Premier League matches this season.
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