When you talk big rivalries in football, it is very often when teams that operate in the same city go head to head. There are, though exceptions to the rule, which often comes when you have a pair of dominant teams matching up. When you think of the latter scenario, the game that immediately comes to mind is the El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Those two have split La Liga titles in recent years, with no other Spanish club really coming close. Another huge rivalry game is the one that we will see on Sunday morning, when English Premier League leaders Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester to face United. These are two of the most successful clubs in the English game, and while they are on very different paths at the moment, all bets are usually off when they go head to head, as we have come to expect the unexpected in this rivalry. Liverpool will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season on Sunday and will head to Old Trafford as a ½ goal favorite, with the goal total for this one set at 2 ½.
When: Sunday, October 20 at 11 AM EST
Where: Mile High Stadium, Denver
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Why bet on Manchester United
Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired after winning another EPL title, United are now on their 4th manager and slowly but surely getting worse with each passing season. It has been a brutal start to the first full season with Solksjaer in charge, as United have just 9 points through their first 8 games. This team is a work in progress, though, and you cannot deny that new players that the boss has brought in have done the job. One of those new signings, Daniel James, is leading the way with 3 goals. The defense, which was shored up with 2 new signings, is doing well, surrendering just 8. United have some serious injury woes, which have also hurt and will almost certainly be without Paul Pogba on Sunday.
Why bet on Liverpool
Liverpool are coming off what was one of the best seasons that we have ever seen in the English Premier League, yet they still ended the year 1 point behind champions Manchester City. If anything, this Liverpool team looks better than they did last season, and all without bringing in any major signings in the offseason. Liverpool are the only team to have started the season with a perfect record, winning all 8 of their games. They have already scored 20 goals on the season, but they have also only given up 6. Over the past few weeks, Liverpool have not been hammering teams, but they have been grinding out wins in games where they have not been at their best. They may be forced to go a similar route on Sunday against a United team that might be forced to park the bus and try and hit on the break.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given how the season has started and how these two look, this game looks to be a total mismatch on paper. While this matchup always springs up some surprises, I think Liverpool are just too much for United.