Manchester United vs Liverpool Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: The old rivalry continues here at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Liverpool, with just two points separating them in second and third in the Premier League table.
Last time: The last meeting at Old Trafford between these sides ended 1-1. A James Milner penalty had given Liverpool the lead but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s equaliser gave both teams a share of the spoils.
This time: Manchester United are 8/5 to win this match, while Liverpool are 7/4 and the draw is 12/5.
You might remember: A 3-0 win for Liverpool nearly four years ago to the day where Steven Gerrard had a trio of penalties, scoring two of them and missing one to give the Reds a 2-0 lead before Nemanja Vidic was sent off for two yellow card offences and Luis Suarez sealed the win.
Manchester United's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1
Jose Mourinho is missing a number of players ahead of this crunch tie. Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind are all sidelined and join Ibrahimovic on the treatment table.
Liverpool's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 2 Lost: 0
Georginio Wijnaldum is a major doubt to be fit in time for this one, while Jordan Henderson faces a late fitness test. Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term injury absentee.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Manchester United had to come from two goals behind to win last time out against Crystal Palace, with an injury-time Nemanja Matic screamer sparing Jose Mourinho’s blushes. A recent patch of bumpy form in the league where they have lost twice in their last five games, against Newcastle and Spurs, was forgotten after the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, winning their last three in a row. They have also qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after drawing 0-0 against Porto at Anfield in midweek, which put them through 5-0 on aggregate.
United are 8/5 to win this game and typically under Jose Mourinho, their home form has been excellent, losing just once to rivals Manchester City while winning 11 and drawing just twice. A 1-0 win for the Red Devils has odds of 9/1.
Liverpool are 7/4 to come away with the three points and they have won eight times on their travels in the Premier League this season, losing just three times while also drawing three. A 1-0 away win for the Reds is available at 10/1.
The draw is 12/5 and the last four meetings between the teams in all competitions have all ended even with two nil-nils and two one-alls. A 0-0 draw here is 11/1 and a 1-1 draw is 6/1.
Romelu Lukaku is United’s top goalscorer with 14 Premier League goals already this season, and he is 4/1 to be the first scorer in the match.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who has 24 league goals to his name is also 4/1 to net the game’s first goal, and he can also be found at 7/5 to score at any stage of the game.
Sadio Mane is around 5/2 to score anytime, while Marcus Rashford is 9/4. Alexis Sanchez is 6/1 to score the last goal of the game, as is Roberto Firmino.
Predicted Score: Manchester United 1 - 2 Liverpool
Look out for:
Liverpool to test United’s brittle backline. Mourinho’s defensive unit has looked shaky and unconvincing lately while Klopp’s forward line has been in scintillating form. A 2-1 win for Liverpool is 10/1 and a 3-2 victory for the Reds can be found at 28/1.
Salah to continue his goalscoring exploits. The Egyptian has now scored in each of his last five Premier League matches. A score/win double of Salah to score and Liverpool to win has odds of 11/4. He can also be found at 8/1 to score two or more goals.
It’s a long shot, but:
The one-time red hot derby game atmosphere seems to have been lost recently and there hasn’t been a red card in this fixture since Jurgen Klopp took over for the Reds. Steven Gerrard’s red card straight after coming on as a second half substitute was the last in March 2015. Dejan Loveren is 25/1 to receive his marching orders in this game.
Written by Ciro Di Brita
Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.