Due to the clubs’ historic rivalry, Manchester United against Liverpool on Saturday night is going to be the nearest thing to a competitive match at this summer’s International Champions Cup. With the large proportion of games taking place in the United States, the Premier League sides are meeting at the Michigan Stadium and it will be interesting to see how close they are to being at their best, with the season kicking-off in two weeks.
United have stumbled through pre-season to this point, lacking attacking intent or a coherent style of play and drawing three times. In addition, Jose Mourinho has appeared irritable and dissatisfied with his low-key transfer business; the Portuguese even suggested that the pressure is now on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to win the Premier League for the first time after their splurge on fees since January.
Ahead of the game, Mourinho’s squad has been further weakened by the news that Anthony Martial – who wants to leave the club – has returned to Europe for the birth of his second child. That leaves Alexis Sanchez as the sole option in attack, though the Chilean has looked sharp and scored against Milan on Thursday.
Liverpool’s squad is the strongest it has been in years and a real push for the league title should be on the cards with Jurgen Klopp looking for his first piece of silverware. They have begun the ICC with a loss to Borussia Dortmund followed by a victory over Manchester City, though new goalkeeper Alisson Becker will have to wait for his debut after joining from Roma.
Therefore, both teams are likely to name weakened line-ups, so the outcome is tricky to predict. Liverpool, who are missing fewer of their best players are strong favourites with Tipbet to claim a win – they are 1.85 to outright win in normal time, with a draw (3.70) leading to a penalty shootout to determine which gets two points in the ICC standings.
United can never be ruled out, though, and are 3.60 to claim their first victory of the tour and 5.75 to be leading at both half and full-time. There are 96 markets in total.