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- Man Utd and Liverpool produced a five-goal thriller when they last met in January.
- Man Utd and Liverpool are both missing key central defenders on Thursday.
United to bring big guns back
Manchester United named a severely weakened team in their defeat at home to Leicester on Tuesday evening, though a rested arsenal of big-guns should return to the side when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Much to the ire of the Reds and the rest of the teams gunning for a top-four berth, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made ten changes to his XI for Tuesday’s fixture, allowing the Foxes to steal a march in the race for Champions League football.
United lost for just the second time in 29 Premier League assignments against Leicester, but with Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani among those returning to the fold against Liverpool, a better result looks possible.
Liverpool running out of road
Liverpool are seven points shy of Chelsea in fourth spot with just four matches left to contest, and the Reds will have to pocket every point possible to keep the pressure on in the battle for a top-four berth.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges are unbeaten in six Premier League games ahead of their trip to the Theatre of Dreams, though their win against Southampton last time out was their first in three attempts following disappointing draws against Leeds and Newcastle.
As has been the case for most of the campaign, Klopp has major selection issues at the back to contend with this week, and Ozak Kabak’s injury could force Fabinho into a deeper defensive role once again.
Expect goals at Old Trafford
With Liverpool missing a whole host of options at the back and key Manchester United defender Harry Maguire also sidelined, both teams look a little soft-centred ahead of their tussle at Old Trafford, and that could lead to plenty of chances being created at either end.
When the traditional antagonists last faced off in January, they traded blows in a pulsating five-goal thriller that was eventually decided by a late Bruno Fernandes freekick – and bettors are advised to back over 2.5 goals to be scored again this week.
Champions League-chasing Liverpool can’t afford to drop any more points and their attacking intent in Manchester should open up counter-punching opportunities for the hosts.
Our 2-2 correct score prediction tips the Reds to leave Old Trafford disappointed however. United have tasted defeat just twice in their last 29 Premier League fixtures, and with their star players restored to the startling line-up they should be able to match Liverpool stride for stride.
Manchester United injuries and team news
Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Dan James and Harry Maguire are all out for United.
Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani should all come back into the team having been rested against Leicester.
Liverpool injures and team news
Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Ozan Kabak will all miss out for Liverpool. Jordan Henderson is closing in on a return, though Thursday’s game could come too soon.
- Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in six of their last eight Premier League home games.
- Manchester United have played seven Premier League home games this season with over 3.5 goals.
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