John Barnes states his prediction for Liverpool v Man Utd

John Barnes looks ahead to Liverpool's Europa League clash with Manchester United on Thursday

The Sport Review staff

John Barnes is expecting Manchester United to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash at Anfield on Thursday night.

The Reds head into the game fresh from their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend, while United are aiming to bounce back from their disappointing loss to West Brom.

The two sides have not met in European competition before, and former Liverpool star Barnes is expecting to see a tight game ahead of next week’s return leg at Old Trafford.

Writing in his column for Titanbet, Barnes said: “This will be a close game and I think both teams will be content with a draw going into the second leg.

“The goal-scorers will be Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata.”

The two sides have met in 166 domestic league games ahead of Thursday’s European showdown.

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Liverpool are unbeaten in eight European games this season (W3 D5), and have not lost in six Uefa home matches.

Manchester United’s record in six Europa League matches to date is W2 D0 L4 (W1 D0 L2 at home – W1 D0 L2 away).

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