As the English Premier (EPL) and their 2015-16 Season moves on we have “The Reds” of Liverpool F.C. playing their rival “The Red Devils of Manchester United F.C. with the game being played on Sunday the 17th of January 2016 with the game being played at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England with the kick-off scheduled for 9:05 PM ET.
This rivalry game is one of the biggest in England this Sunday as the Red Devils play The Reds at home, and both of these teams were in a 3-3 tie this past week. In the Liverpool game they scored a late goal to salvage a point against EPL leader Arsenal, while Manchester United lost some points in their tie with Newcastle.
The Reds of Liverpool are presently at 8 wins 7 losses and 6 draws this season, and the team has some positive notes resulting from that 3-3 game with Arsenal. 1st it appears their Coach’s spirit to win may be catching on, as they just kept trying and got their late score from J. Allen.
Also the offense played better as R. Firmino replaced C. Benteke in the line, and the tie was the 1st time the Red scored 3 goals since back in November 2015 when the beat Manchester City 4-1 and that was also the ultimate game that Firmino scored for his team.
The Reds with Firmino playing and their reformation of their roster by Klopp is a welcome for the Liverpool team and fans since their star attacker P. Coutinho not in the lineup. Also, there remains question regarding their defense that will be without M. Skrtel. The effect of their Coaches tactical changes can’t be underestimated since in the high profile games he remains undefeated as the Manager of the Reds. On the road the beat Manchester City and Chelsea and have draws with Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton.
The fans of the Red Devils of Manchester United who are with 9 wind 7 losses and 5 draws, and this past week was the first time since back October 2015 that the team scored more than 2 goals a game to date. Yes it was W. Rooney who scored twice against Newcastle and his performance has improved. Also the youngster J. Lingard scored and provided the need injection for the offense in that game.
The offense performed well scoring the 3 goals but the defense struggled and lost a 2-0 lead and gave up a late score in the draw 3 to 3. Thus, to date in the ultimate 8 games the Red Devils are with 1 win 3 losses and 4 draws. That last draw gives fans an indication of how their team has struggled at home as well as on the road this 2015-16 EPL Season.
At Old Trafford they are at 5-4-1 giving up only 4 goals at home, while elsewhere they are 4-3-4 allowing 16 goals in those games, and in their ultimate 4 road games they are 0-2-2.
With the comeback performance in that last came, it appears the Manchester United’s offense is up to facing their arch rivals going forth in this season. The concerns are that even with the team’s talented roster, in the past they have produced some struggling offensive performances and therefore the fans are somewhat concerned as to how much trust they can put in their team moving on in this season.
In the Red Devils ultimate 9 games against the Reds of Liverpool they have won 7 of those games, and that includes in their last 3 games they played at Anfield they won 2 of those 3 games, and remember in the 2 wins they had the benefit of red cards.
The sports betting prediction for this EPL rivalry game sees the Liverpool team defeating the Manchester United 2-1 as United has another road loss in this match-up at Anfield.