Archive for January 14th, 2017

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Liverpool

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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Manchester United have won nine matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2009 and have won six of their last seven league matches against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Liverpool have failed to score in successive matches under Jurgen Klopp for the first time since February 2016 and are now winless in three matches. NaijaBet.com

Manchester United are expected to be a bit more adventurous against Liverpool this time out compared to their 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier in the season, but the manner of Southampton’s 1-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday may lead to Mourinho choosing another defensive approach.

Team News

Manchester United – Eric Bailly is with the Ivory Coast squad at the Africa Cup of Nations and won’t feature for Manchester United until next month.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed their 2-0 win over Hull in the first leg of their League Cup semi final due to illness but Jose Mourinho expects him to recover in time to feature against Liverpool.

The United manager is also confident Marcos Rojo will recover in time to face Liverpool after his muscle injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.

Michael Carrick was rested in midweek but will be recalled to the starting XI here.

Wayne Rooney failed to become United’s all-time leading goalscorer on Tuesday and the United skipper may drop back to the bench for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.

Ashley Young was a surprise starter in the reverse 0-0 draw at Anfield this season and may come in to contention this weekend.

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Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho returned to action in midweek after two months out injured and he is expected to start here after getting just less than 30 minutes of game time under his belt against Southampton.

Sadio Mane is away on international duty with Senegal ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and will not be free to play for the next month. Jurgen Klopp may also be without Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson, who are struggling with ankle and heel injuries respectively.

Daniel Sturridge doesn’t often start three matches in a row and may be replaced in attack by Divock Origi.

Loris Karius has started in Liverpool’s last two matches and was the main reason why Liverpool only lost 1-0 on Wednesday night but as league action resumes, Simon Mignolet could return between the sticks.

Match Facts

Man Utd have won their last 6 matches in Premier League.

Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches.

Man Utd have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.

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Man Utd are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 6 matches (Premier League).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United has 2.13 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Liverpool has 3.72 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.32.

Match Preview : Everton vs Manchester City

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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After suffering just one defeat in their opening 10 home matches of the season, Everton have slipped to two defeats in their last three matches at Goodison Park. They were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend and their season is effectively over.

Manchester City have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and will be well rested when they make the trip to Everton having not played in over a week. Their away form has been patchy and Everton are usually tough sides to beat for the top teams, but they won’t have a better opportunity to come away from Goodison Park with three points here.

City have only won two of their last six matches away to Everton but should put that record straight this weekend. NaijaBet.com

Team News

Everton – Idriss Gueye has joined up with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations and won’t be available for Everton over the course of the next month. (more…)