If Leicester City beat Chelsea on Saturday then this is the scenario that awaits the two sides. Expect Mancheter United (2.21*) to sit deep and absorb pressure in typical Mourinho fashion as they look to stunt the league’s highest scorers - and probably to good effect. For that reason, Under 2.5 goals currently priced at 1.990*, looks like a valuable betting opportunity.
Only Manchester City have beaten Mourinho’s team at Old Trafford this season and although Klopp has won three and lost one of his six previous meetings with the Portuguese manager, he should not expect success here - Liverpool are currently priced at 3.59*. A repeat of the 0-0 draw at Anfield in October, when Klopp's side held 65% possession but were frustrated by the visitors, is certainly not unlikely.
Mourinho is almost never in high-scoring games against fellow title rivals and there have been over 2.5 goals in just two of their last seven home league matches. Liverpool are unlikely to give Philippe Coutinho much more than a cameo as he recovers from injury and his absence has significantly weakened their goal scoring threat. Three of their last five games in all competitions have seen fewer than two goals scored.
On paper, both teams come into this match in good form. Liverpool are undefeated in six league matches and United are on a six-game winning streak, but in truth the visitors are more hesitant and laboured at present. This should hand Mourinho the crucial advantage as he looks to suffocate their football, leading to a low-scoring contest at Old Trafford.
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