Manchester United out to prove they’re the real deal at Liverpool

Manchester United head to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday aiming to prove they are the real deal in this season’s Premier League title race.

United have won six and drawn one of their seven games this season, but this weekend’s fixture is widely viewed as the first real test they’ve faced.

Liverpool’s defensive frailties have yet to be resolved but bookies still can’t split the pair, with both teams priced at 13/8 to win the game. The draw is on offer at 23/10.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp will be eager for his team to show that they can mount a title challenge this season, but his cause hasn’t been helped by the news that forward Sadio Mane is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Klopp’s side already trail United by seven points, and his inability to stem the flow of goals against his team doesn’t bode well for their chances this weekend.

Jose Mourinho also has a couple of injury concerns to contend with. Midfielders Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini have both been ruled out, but striker Romelu Lukaku will play after recovering from an ankle problem.

The Belgian striker has been in fine form this season and is priced at 21/5 in the football betting markets at Sun Bets to score the first goal.

He is also available at 13/10 to score at any time during the game, and that looks decent value about a player who has already grabbed seven goals this season.

United have won four and drawn three of their last eight meetings with Liverpool in all competitions and are available at 16/5 to be leading at half-time and full-time this weekend.

The home side are likely to come flying out of the blocks, but United are dangerous on the counter-attack and look good value at 11/4 to score in both halves.

Mane’s absence could see Liverpool struggle for an outlet, so odds of 12/1 for a 2-0 win for United look tempting.

United have appeared capable of pushing Manchester City all the way in this season’s title race, but Liverpool’s early season form has been patchy.

Although they have lost just once this term, the Reds have also drawn three games and currently lie seventh in the table.

Their record of 12 goals conceded is the joint third worst in the Premier League, and the pressure is on Klopp to find a solution.

Playing three centre-halves could help Liverpool, especially as a defeat would leave them 10 points behind their big rivals.

Klopp’s refusal to deviate from his attacking style continues to hinder his team’s chances of success, but taking a more defensive approach may be the way to go against United.

A 1-0 win for the home side is available at 15/2 and grinding out that type of result would certainly appease Liverpool’s critical fan base.

Despite Sane’s absence, Liverpool have players capable of causing United problems. Mohamed Salah was excellent for Egypt during their recent World Cup qualifiers and he can be backed at 9/4 to beat David De Gea this weekend.

Philippe Coutinho is another danger man for the home side, so the 8/1 on offer for the Brazilian to score the first goal is worth a look.

With Liverpool needing to get something from the game, the draw markets may give punters a run for their money.

A 2-2 scoreline is priced at 12/1, but for anyone fancying a feast of goals the 50/1 available for a 3-3 draw might be worth a small investment.

While Liverpool will be fired up for Saturday’s game, United should make it seven wins out of eight and keep up the pressure on City at the top of the table.

The home side are capable of getting on the scoresheet, so odds of 4/1 for United to win and both teams to score looks a solid wager.

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