Liverpool v Manchester United betting tips – Back narrow Red Devils win
All eyes will be on Anfield tonight when Liverpool lock horns with arch-rivals Manchester United in the Europa League last-sixteen.
March 10th, 2016
Clearly these two sides are no strangers to each other whatsoever, meeting regularly in domestic competition. Nevertheless, this will be their first ever meeting in Europe and we’re expecting a thrilling encounter as both teams look to get the upper hand in this first leg clash.
For Jurgen Klopp it will be a chance for him to avenge their defeat against the Red Devils earlier in the season and for the fans it will be an opportunity to put to an end a losing run against their bitter rivals which stretches back some four matches.
“Obviously it is not easy, but you can ask my staff, when they asked me ‘who do you want?’ I said ‘Manchester United’,” Klopp said after the last-sixteen draw. “I think we have to clear something. We had a good game when I was here when we played against them, but we lost 1-0. It was not what we deserved on that day, but we got it. Life gives us the chance to make it better and that’s what we have to do, and what we’ll try.”
The Reds may have lost the last four meetings with United, however they will be confident of putting this run to an end following two back-to-back wins in the Premier League, Klopp’s men gaining revenge for their defeat to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup by thrashing the same opponents 3-0 in the top-flight. They followed this with a ten-man win over Crystal Palace, James Milner having been sent off on the hour mark.
Manchester United haven’t had things quite so good of late and their four-game winning run ground to a halt at the Hawthorns at the weekend with West Brom running out 1-0 winners at the final whistle. Juan Mata was sent off for the visitors and the Baggies took advantage of this with Salomon Rondon scoring the only goal of the match.
Can United bounce back by putting the Reds to the sword tonight? It will be a huge ask but we feel that they can, given that Liverpool have been far from impressive throughout the season. United have been far more impressive of late – the weekend defeat excepted – and we’ll be backing them at 3/1 with Bet365 to grab themselves an advantage heading into the second leg at Old Trafford.
That’s not to say that we’ll be expecting too many goals in this clash. A cagey affair will ensue on Merseyside this evening and whilst we’re anticipating a few thrills and spills, a high goal count isn’t on the cards.