Huge Game as Rivals Clash in Premier League Title Race

    Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview 17/01/2021

    15 Jan 2021 | Premier League | Preview
    Huge Game as Rivals Clash in Premier League Title Race

    There are several matches to look forward to in the English Premier League on Sunday afternoon but the biggest game of the weekend takes place at Anfield as Liverpool welcome Manchester United.

    The hosts begin the game in second place on 33 points while the visitors are top of the table on 36 points, so this is a massive match.

    Liverpool come into the game having defeated an Aston Villa youth team 4-1 away from home in the FA Cup last weekend. They were the huge favourites to progress in the competition but were given a scare when Aston Villa equalised towards the end of the first half. However, the superior quality in the Liverpool team shone through in the second half.

    That result means Liverpool are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions. The single defeat came away from home in their most recent Premier League game at Southampton. The Saints scored an early goal from a cleverly worked free kick and Liverpool could not get themselves back into the game despite applying pressure in the second half.

    Trends show Liverpool are undefeated in their last 67 home Premier League games, which is an incredible record. They have won 8 of their last 9 home league games but were held to a 1-1 draw at home by West Bromwich Albion in their most recent home league fixture. Both teams have scored in 8 of Liverpool’s last 10 home Premier League matches.

    Manchester United make the short trip to Anfield having picked up a crucial 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday night. It was always going to be a difficult game at Turf Moor, against a Burnley team who have been improving in recent weeks. The hosts were keen to try and prevent Manchester United from scoring but the Red Devils made the breakthrough in the second half, having missed other good chances to score.

    That result means Manchester United are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 games in all competitions. The defeat came at home in the semi-final of the League Cup against Manchester City and was a disappointing result. However, Manchester United remain undefeated in their last 11 Premier League games and they have won 5 of their last 6 league matches.

    Trends show Manchester United have won 11 and drawn one of their last 12 away games in the Premier League. Both teams have scored in 7 of their last 8 away league matches.

    Team news and Liverpool are hoping central defender Joel Matip will be fit to play following a groin injury. Diogo Jota, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Joe Gomez, and Virgil Van Dijk are out and there are doubts over the fitness of Naby Keita.

    Manchester United have doubts over the fitness of Victor Lindelof although the Swede is likely to be on the bench should he be available. Anthony Martial picked up an injury at Burnley and it remains to be seen if the Frenchman will be available.

    This should be a thrilling game, but in terms of the winner, Manchester United could take the spoils.