Liverpool vs Manchester United betting tips
This article covers Liverpool vs Manchester United betting tips and predictions.
Also included is a thorough Liverpool vs Manchester United betting preview.
Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Liverpool vs Manchester United: Match details
Match: Liverpool vs Manchester United
Competition: Premier League
Date: January 17, 2021
Kick-off time: 4:30 pm, January 17, 2021 (UK time)
Betting prediction: Liverpool 1 – 1 Manchester United
The Reds welcome Manchester United to Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday for this 205th competitive North-West Derby. While this match is already the most-watched club match in world football, the fact this match features 1st and 2nd in the Premier League brings an added incentive.
In recent seasons Manchester United have struggled to find a win in this fixture. The last 10 matches between the two sides have seen 3 Liverpool wins and 6 draws. United have won only 1 of the last 10 matches.
Liverpool are undefeated at Anfield in that time against United, winning 3 of the 5 matches. All three victories were by a 2-goal margin, including both of the last 2 matches between them here.
Of course, in the Premier League era, United have a strong lead in this head-to-head with 28 wins to Liverpool’s 15.
Liverpool vs Manchester United: What are the betting odds?
Liverpool beat United here 2-0 a little less than a year ago. A repeat of this score on Sunday is available at odds of 11/1.
Manchester United won the first North-West Derby of the Jurgen Klopp era. Their 0-1 win courtesy of a Wayne Rooney strike was also their last win at Anfield. You can back them at 14/1 for a 0-1 away win here on Sunday.
Liverpool vs Manchester United has been a low scoring game during the Jurgen Klopp era with 9 of the 11 matches all having under 2.5 goals scored. You can back another low scoring game here on Sunday with odds of 6/5 for under 2.5 goals.
Mohamed Salah’s goal against Villa in the FA Cup last weekend was his first goal in four matches for Liverpool. He had followed up his brace against Crystal Palace by drawing a blank against West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton. Liverpool fans will be hoping Salah’s goal will kick-start a scoring run for the Egyptian international. The Egyptian King is the 3/1 favourite to score the game’s opener on Sunday. Or 4/5 on to bag a goal at any time during the game against Manchester United.
Liverpool vs Manchester United: Recommended bets
The Reds have won the last two matches between these sides at Anfield. They also have the best home record in the Premier League this season, picking up 5 more points here than any other club has in their home stadium. This sees them start the match as the odds-on favourites at 19/20.
Manchester United have the best away record in the Premier League this season. They are so far undefeated, winning 7 of their 8 league games. However, it will be 5 years to the day since they last won at Anfield. Despite being the form team coming into the match, they start the game as 13/5 underdogs.
In derby matches such as these, avoiding defeat is often prioritised over winning. This shows in the large volume of draws between these sides, with 6 draws in the last 9 matches between them. Odds of 14/5 are available if you believe Liverpool and United will cancel each other out on Sunday.
Liverpool vs Manchester United – recent form and head to head statistics
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|February 28, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Sheffield United FC||0 - 2||Liverpool FC|
|February 20, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Liverpool FC||0 - 2||Everton FC|
|February 16, 2021||UEFA Champions League 20/21||RB Leipzig||0 - 2||Liverpool FC|
|February 13, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Leicester City FC||3 - 1||Liverpool FC|
|February 7, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Liverpool FC||1 - 4||Manchester City FC|
|February 28, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Chelsea FC||0 - 0||Manchester United FC|
|February 25, 2021||UEFA Europa League 20/21||Manchester United FC||0 - 0||Real Sociedad|
|February 21, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Manchester United FC||3 - 1||Newcastle United FC|
|February 18, 2021||UEFA Europa League 20/21||Real Sociedad||0 - 4||Manchester United FC|
|February 14, 2021||Premier League 20/21||West Bromwich Albion||1 - 1||Manchester United FC|
|Liverpool FC||Manchester United FC|
|140||Shots on goal||155|
|126||Shots off goal||100|
|64%||Average ball possession||57%|
|4||Shots on post||2|
|3||Shots on bar||6|
|36||Goals by foot||42|
|8||Goals by head||9|
|Liverpool FC||Manchester United FC|
|1.14||Average Goals Scored||1.31|
|January 24, 2021||FA Cup 20/21||Manchester United FC||3 - 2||Liverpool FC|
|January 17, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Liverpool FC||0 - 0||Manchester United FC|
|January 19, 2020||Premier League 19/20||Liverpool FC||2 - 0||Manchester United FC|
|October 20, 2019||Premier League 19/20||Manchester United FC||1 - 1||Liverpool FC|
|February 24, 2019||Premier League 18/19||Manchester United FC||0 - 0||Liverpool FC|
Liverpool vs Manchester United: Match preview
There are so many talking points in the media at the moment surrounding this match.
It is Liverpool’s first game since losing top spot in the Premier League. They had been top since leapfrogging Leicester after beating them 3-0 back in November. However, just 2 points from their last 3 games, coupled with United winning each of their last 3 matches, has seen United in 1st place in January for the first time since Alex Ferguson retired.
A lot has also been said in the buildup to this game about penalties. Jurgen Klopp highlighted the number of penalties which United are winning. Marcus Rashford stated Jose Mourinho was the coach who taught him how to win penalties. Mourinho replied saying he isn’t responsible for the amount they are winning. Even former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg got involved, stating United used to get favourable decisions in the past when Ferguson was there, but that has since waned.
It was also highlighted that Sunday’s referee Paul Tierney has given Manchester United 5 penalties in their last 10 matches with him in charge. He is yet to award Liverpool a penalty in his career after 14 matches officiating for the Reds. The odds of there being a penalty in this match are 7/4. Liverpool are 4/1 to score a penalty while United are 11/2 to get a goal from a spot-kick.
There has also been a lot of talk about Liverpool’s makeshift defence. Whether they would sign a central defender with numerous Ligue 1 central defenders linked with a move. However, no official move has been made by Liverpool in the winter market.
Liverpool are struggling, United are soaring
Joel Matip’s injury leaves them with Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips and Jordan Henderson as the tested options to partner Fabinho at the back. Regardless of who starts though, they certainly miss the ability of Matip or Joe Gomez to carry the ball out from the back.
It was noticeable against Southampton that Henderson’s failure to do so meant both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago were easier to press when they receive the ball from the captain. If the central defender with the ball can’t draw a defender out to press him, it means the opponent will always have several extra men behind the ball.
The knock-on effect of this is Firmino dropping into midfield to make it easier for Liverpool to play out from the back. In turn, Salah is isolated when receiving the ball in attack leaving him nobody to play off of with a quick give and go.
For United, they are seemingly going from strength to strength at the moment. Eric Bailly has got over his injury problems at last and is looking the perfect central defensive partner to offset Maguire’s limitations with mobility.
Edison Cavani is back after serving a suspension imposed by the FA. They also have quality in depth waiting in reserve with the likes of Dean Henderson, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Fred, Juan Mata, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo who are all fit yet either on the bench or not in the squad to face Burnley on Tuesday. That is without even mentioning Amad Diallo, the highly rated 18-year-old forward signed from Atalanta earlier this month.
This leaves Liverpool coming into this match with a laundry list of problem to face an opponent who is flying with an air of invincibility at the moment. They say the form book goes out the window in derby matches and Liverpool fans will be praying this is the case on Sunday.
Liverpool team news vs Manchester United
Virgil van Dijk is continuing his rehabilitation after surgery on his ACL. He likely won’t be involved again this season for the Reds.
Joe Gomez is in a similar situation to van Dijk having injured his patella on international duty back in November. Return to play statistics suggest his road back to action could be an even longer and bumpier one than Virgil’s.
Konstantinos Tsimikas and Diogo Jota are still several weeks away from training due to knee injuries.
Naby Keita is still struggling with an injury that has caused him to miss Liverpool’s last 3 league matches. He is unlikely to be involved at the weekend.
Joel Matip continues to struggle to start more than 2 consecutive games for Liverpool this season. He has missed their last 2 league matches with a groin problem and hasn’t been involved in full-training again this week. It is unlikely he will be involved on Sunday which means one of Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams or Jordan Henderson will partner Fabinho in defence.
Manchester United team news vs Liverpool
Timothy Fosu-Mensah left the club this week to sign for Bayer Leverkusen. The young Dutch defender’s contract was expiring shortly and was allowed to leave for the low fee of £1.5m.
Marcos Rojo is ruled out with a calf injury. Phil Jones is also ruled out with a knee injury. The pair have yet to appear in a matchday squad this season.
Brandon Williams hasn’t been named in a matchday squad since being an unused substitute against West Ham at the beginning of December. He is ruled out for the trip to Anfield with a knock.
Facundo Pellistri has yet to be named in a matchday squad since signing from CA Peñarol of Uruguay in the summer. He is currently ruled out due to the Coronavirus.
Victor Lindelof has missed United’s last 3 league matches with a lower back injury. He is back in training with the rest of the squad and could be involved at the weekend, albeit likely from the bench.
Nemanja Matic played the full 90 minutes in midweek against Burnley. However, he has subsequently been complaining of tightness in his groin and is unlikely to be involved here as a precaution.
Anthony Martial likewise played every minute of the match against Burnley. He has been struggling with tightness in his hamstring since and is unlikely to start the match as a result.
Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Manchester United
Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Liverpool
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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.