Manchester United vs. Liverpool Prediction, Tips and Odds – August 22, 2022, 21:00 CET
The big derby between Manchester United and Liverpool will close the third round of the Premier League. The start of the match at Old Trafford is scheduled for Monday at 21:00.
This will be a duel between teams that had a bad start to the new season. They won only two points together, so the victory in this clash will represent a way out of the crisis for both teams.
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The Red Devils desperately started a new campaign. In the opening match in front of their fans, they were defeated by Brighton 1-3, while last weekend they suffered a real embarrassment against Brentford 0-4.
It is evident that new coach Erik ten Hag will have to put in a lot more effort so that the team he took over this summer starts to look the way he wants. The team’s defensive line is prone to numerous individual and collective errors. The midfield is very bad in defense, while in the opposite direction there is a lack of real organization. The attacking line works very poorly, and this is best shown by the fact that Manchester United scored only one goal this season, and that was an own goal by a Brighton player.
They will need to bring in a few more experienced players by the end of the transfer window. A big addition is defensive midfielder Casemiro, who signed on Friday, but the Brazilian is unlikely to make his debut on Monday.
In the first two games against Fulham and Crystal Palace, Liverpool won only two points and that was a big disappointed because many had already awarded six points to the Reds in those two matches. However, Jurgen Klopp’s team did not live up to their role as favorites, so they are already four points behind their main rival Manchester City in the rankings.
An additional problem for the German coach is the absence and injuries of important players. Darwin Nunez was sent off against Crystal Palace and suspended for three games, while Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ibrahima Konata are injured, so Klopp has a really short rotation.
The good news is that central forward Roberto Firmino has recovered and is 100% ready for the duel with Manchester United. This means that the attacking trio for this match will be Diaz, Salah and Firmino.
Liverpool was quite dominant in the matches against Manchester United last season. As hosts, they won 4-0, and as guests they were even more convincing 5-0.
Manchster United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Malacia, Martinez, Maguire, Dalot; Fred, Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes; Rashford, Sancho, Ronaldo
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita; Diaz, Salah, Firmino
We expect that Liverpool will use all the defensive weaknesses of Manchester United cunningly. We are of the opinion that the defenders of the Red Devils are not good and compact enough to prevent the Reds from scoring less than two goals.
Prediction: Liverpool Will Score 2-3 Goals – Yes