Arguably the biggest club fixture in English football takes place on Monday night, when Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield. Forget Liverpool V Everton, and United V City, this is the biggest rivalry in English football!
It seems very strange to see this match being played on a Monday night, especially on a Monday night of a Champions League week, but such is the fall from grace of the two rivals, neither side is in the Champions League this season.
Liverpool are in red hot form so far this season with a loss at Burnley being the only major reason to doubt their credentials under charismatic boss, Jurgen Klopp, who has now been at Anfield for a year.
Despite Liverpool’s excellent start to the season, you’d need to be a brave man (or a fool) to overlook their arch-rivals Man Utd, with Jose Mourinho at the helm, and key players like Zlatan and Pogba in their ranks.
United’s last away Premier League game was the 3-1 loss at Watford, but since dropping captain Wayne Rooney, the Red Devils have looked revived and haven’t lost since. However, Liverpool are undefeated in 7 games, scoring 22 goals in the process in all competitions.
Daniel Sturridge hasn’t been a 1st team selection much for Liverpool this season, so Firmino and Mane (both at 6/1) look Liverpool’s best bet when it comes to backing the first goalscorer.
Recent history isn’t actually on Liverpool’s side in this fixture, as United have won on their last two Premier League visits to Anfield. That hasn’t stopped Liverpool from being the 6/5 favourites to win though. The draw is 5/2, as are Manchester United if you think they are going to win for the third year running on Merseyside (prices correct with bet365, you can get a £200 Welcome Bonus here).
This fixture also has a history of red cards, including the 38-second record that Steven Gerrard set to be sent off! It is currently 7/4 for ‘A Red Card In The Match’ with bet365, and also 7/4 for ‘A Penalty In The Match’ with the same layer (there is also plenty of bet365 offers for existing customers).
With a red hot atmosphere (especially given the night atmosphere at Anfield), and some very volatile players, there will be plenty of tackles flying in, and both the red card and penalty bets will have a strong chance of coming in.