Liverpool vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

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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)

Stadium: Anfield


Antonio Valencia & Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool chases down Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Betting prediction: Liverpool 1 – 1 Manchester United

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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 betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Ander Herrera of Manchester United tackles Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on February 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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 betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool controls the ball in front of Luke Shaw of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on January 19, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Manchester United – recent form and head to head statistics

Liverpool FC vs Manchester United FC form
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Sheffield United FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:2
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Liverpool FC vs Everton FC - 0:2
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RB Leipzig vs Liverpool FC - 0:2
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Leicester City FC vs Liverpool FC - 3:1
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Liverpool FC vs Manchester City FC - 1:4
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Chelsea FC vs Manchester United FC - 0:0
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Manchester United FC vs Real Sociedad - 0:0
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Manchester United FC vs Newcastle United FC - 3:1
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Real Sociedad vs Manchester United FC - 0:4
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West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United FC - 1:1
Last 5 games for Liverpool FC
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
Last 5 games for Manchester United 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 vs Manchester United FC Premier League 20/21 form
Liverpool FC Manchester United FC
26 Matches played 26
12 Matches won 14
376 Goal attempts 356
140 Shots on goal 155
126 Shots off goal 100
172 Corner kicks 136
64% Average ball possession 57%
110 Shots blocked 101
29 Cards given 42
307 Free kicks 320
40 Offsides 61
4 Shots on post 2
3 Shots on bar 6
36 Goals by foot 42
8 Goals by head 9
47 Goals scored 53
34 Goals conceded 32
Liverpool FC vs Manchester United FC statistics for most recent head to head matches
Liverpool FC Manchester United FC
64 Matches 64
31 Home Matches 33
33 Away Matches 31
73 Total Goals 84
1.14 Average Goals Scored 1.31
19 Wins 31
31 Losses 19
14 Draws 14
Last 5 games & match results between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC
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 betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: (THE SUN ON OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores the third goal and Celobrates during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on November 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

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Liverpool vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

Liverpool vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United embraces Anthony Martial of Manchester United as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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.

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Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Manchester United

Liverpool's predicted XI to face Manchester United.

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