6:00 AM (AEDST) Tuesday, October 18 at Anfield, Liverpool
A red hot Liverpool side have a chance to become joint Premier League leaders when they host the inconsistent Manchester United on Tuesday morning.
Liverpool: Ward; Smith, Caulker, Skrtel, Flanagan; Stewart, Allen; Ibe, Brannagan, Ojo; Benteke.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Pogba, Fellaini; Martial, Mkhitaryan, Mata; Ibrahimovic.
These sides have met a whopping 166 times in League games with Man United leading the head-to-head battle with 67 wins to Liverpool’s 55, while 44 games have been drawn. United have won the last four League games. Their last clash was a 1 all draw at the Europa League last season.
Liverpool had a wobbly opening fortnight but have since started playing some great football and kicking plenty of goals in the process. They beat Arsenal in an entertaining opening fixture 4-3 before going down 2-0 to Burnley the following week. They have won their last five straight starting with a 5-0 hammering of Burton in the Capital One Cup, before Tottenham held them to a 1 all draw in the League the week after. Since then they hammered the 2015/16 champions Leicester 4-1, Chelsea 2-1, Derby 3-0 in the Capital One Cup, Hull 5-1 and Swansea 2-1 in their last clash.
Manchester United were undefeated after their opening four games and were defensively impressive, conceding just two goals, one each against Leicester in the Community Shield and Bournemouth in the opening round of the Premier League. They then lost 3 straight games against Manchester City 2-1 and Watford 3-1 in the League and 1-0 to Feyenoord in the Europa League. Since then they have won their last three, including an impressive 4-1 win over. A fortnight ago their winning run ended courtesy of a 1 all draw with Stoke.
De Gea v Benteke – The United keepers have been relatively strong all season so far however they will need a season best effort to keep this Liverpool side scoreless. United have conceded 11 goals in all games this season and Liverpool only 10, however Liverpool has kicked 26 goals already, seven more than United.
Liverpool in red hot form, at home, against an up and down Man U. There should be a few goals from both sides in what is expected to be an entertaining contest.
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