MX23RW : Saturday, December 4 14:29:38| >> :120:4611:4611:

Preview: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole previews the Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Manchester United.

Liverpool head into their showdown with Manchester United knowing that victory over their bitter rivals will be enough to move past them in the Premier League table.

In December, United comfortably beat Liverpool 3-0 at Old Trafford, but since that loss, Brendan Rodgers's side have put together a run of 13 games without defeat in the league.

Rodgers has decisions to make in midfield, with both Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva available again after nursing injuries in recent weeks.

However, Rodgers has previously indicated that Gerrard isn't guaranteed a spot in his new-look team, and after the Reds beat Swansea City on Monday night, Rodgers could name the same starting lineup.

Striker Mario Balotelli, who has just four goals in 24 appearances this season, is likely to be named on the bench.

Despite their performances being criticised for much of the season, United travel to Merseyside in the hunt for second spot after last week's 3-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur.

The club suffered a significant blow when they bowed out of the FA Cup to Arsenal, but they look well placed to mount a challenge to finish runners-up, an achievement that at one stage appeared unlikely.

Louis van Gaal's men have won their last three league matches without conceding a goal, while Wayne Rooney's return to attack has provided the team with more threat in the final third.

Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw all return from suspension and injuries respectively but they could be named on the bench if Van Gaal opts for an unchanged team on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool:

Form in Premier League: DWWWWW
Form in all competitions: WLWWDW

Possible starting lineup: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Allen, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge

Manchester United:

Form in Premier League: DWLWWW
Form in all competitions: WLWWLW

Possible starting lineup: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young; Rooney

Sports Mole says: 1-1


ID:212287: cacheID:212287:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:4878:

Previews by email

Click here to get Sports Mole's daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!


Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Louis van Gaal the manager of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on March 15, 2015
Read Next:
Live Coverage: Louis van Gaal's weekly Man Utd press conference
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
FA Cup
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Swedish Allsvenskan
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Australian A-League
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea1510323592633
2Manchester CityMan City1410222982132
3Liverpool1494143123131
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham158342819927
5Arsenal147251720-323
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs137151317-422
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd146352424021
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves146351212021
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton144731315-219
10Leicester CityLeicester145452225-319
11Crystal Palace143741920-116
12Brentford144461719-216
13Aston Villa145181923-416
14Everton144371724-715
15Leeds UnitedLeeds143651320-715
16Southampton143651320-715
17Watford144191926-713
18Burnley131751420-610
19Norwich CityNorwich14248828-2010
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle140771630-147

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!