Here is our preview of the Liverpool vs Manchester United match.

These two teams have a long history of playing each other. This will be the 160th time they have met. Liverpool have won 53 matches, 44 were drawn and Manchester United have won 62. Looking at matches played at Anfield,  we see that Liverpool have won 38, 19 were drawn and Manchester Utd won 23.

If we restrict ourselves to matches this millennium, we see that Liverpool won 7, 2 draws and 7 Manchester United win.

Recent Form

Liverpool have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 Premier League matches.  They are in fact unbeaten in the Premier League since 16th March this year.  They have won there only home match of this season, and are 2 wins and 3 draws from the last 5 home games.

Manchester United haven’t had the best of preseasons, they lost to one Japanese team and drew with another.  They were also beaten at home (in a friendly) by Sevilla – somehting unheard off in the Ferguson era. Last weeks insipid draw at home to Chelsea did not convince. In the Premier League they have won 2, lost 1 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches.  Playing away, they have won 2 and drawn 3 of the last 5 matches.

Team News

Centre back Martin Skrtel will be returning for Liverpool after recovering from a knee problem. Aly Cissokho, however is out injured after pickng up and ankle injury at Notts County. Midfielder Joe Allen and Kolo Touré (defender) also took knocks in that game and are doubtful.

Manchester United are expected to field the same team as they did against Chelsea. Phil Jones (blow to the back) is expect to be fit enough to play.  Nani, Jonny Evans and Javier Hernández were left out of the team that played Chelsea and are not expected to feature here. Their is still unrest about Rooney, and questions about the transfers that are allegedly being sought.

Analysis Output

While Manchester United have a good record against Liverpool, their new manager doesn’t.  In 11 years of visits to Anfield with Everton he failed to win a single game.  That must surely be playing on his mind and you have to winder if some of that might rub off on the team. Liverpool on the other hand have enjoyed a great start, especially when you compare it to last season, and confidence must be high.

Because of all this, we are going to give Liverpool the edge, with a draw close behind. So we think 1-0 or 0-0 might be the eventual scoreline.

***Result Update***

When Liverpool won, it surprised many, but not us. Sometimes it just pays to look at the big picture. 1-0 to Liverpool, and quiet satisfaction at having got it right again for us.