Manchester United v Liverpool betting tips: Arch rivals clash
Manchester United may have thrown away the chance of forcing rivals Manchester City to work for the title at Newcastle this week but their fans will at least be happy Liverpool probably need to win their last four games to stand a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
The Red Devils played a fringe squad for Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat by Leicester so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to bring back the big guns for the clash with Liverpool, who are 13/10 favourites to win this rearranged game at Old Trafford.
Let’s take a look at some of the facts and figures to help you decide your Manchester United v Liverpool betting tips.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are seven points behind fourth-placed Leicester with two games in hand so it’s clear the Meryseysiders need to come out all guns blazing on Thursday night.
Six of the last nine Premier League meetings between the teams have ended all square and another draw is available at 5/2.
The teams drew 0-0 at Anfield in January and seven days later United fought back to beat Liverpool 3-2 in the fourth round of the FA Cup, so we go 19/10 on another home win.
Interestingly, United have won from behind in three of their previous six Premier League matches and another comeback is priced at 12/1.
The Red Devils are also the kings of drawing the first half, with 20 of their 35 games all square at the break, two more than the next highest team Fulham, while Liverpool aren’t too far behind with 16 so the opening 45 minutes to finish level is priced at 23/20.
United are playing their third game in five days and Solskjaer is likely to make another 10 changes or so just like he did for the Leicester game.
Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire will miss out with ankle ligament damage which threatens his participation in the Europa League final and Euro 2020.
Mason Greenwood was the only player to retain his place on Tuesday, so the youngster may be on the bench with Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford starting up front.
Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak picked up an injury during training and is unlikely to play, leaving Klopp with a decision to make about who partners Nat Phillips in the heart of defence.
Cavani has netted eight times in as many games in all competitions and is available at 9/2 to break the deadlock or 7/4 to score any time but Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah are favourites to get the ball rolling at 7/2.
Former Wolves forward Jota looked sharp in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Southampton and is 13/10 to find the net while Golden Boot hopeful Salah, who scored a double in the FA Cup tie, is 5/4.
Bruno Fernandes was also on target in the FA Cup clash and still has an outside chance of winning the Golden Boot, with the Portugal midfielder available at 5/1 to score first and 15/8 in the anytime market.
Where: Old Trafford
When: 20:15, Thursday 13th May
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication