Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, February 24, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

This certainly isn’t an easy game to pick given United’s recent resurgence, however Liverpool do still start as favourites with the bookies at 11/8. The markets that have materialised between these two in recent times offer good value with Bet365, who have over 10 corners priced at 11/10 and under 5.5 cards at 4/6. The second of these is particularly interesting as these fierce rivals have unexpectedly produced a low number of cards in recent encounters.

The biggest game of the weekend features two of England’s most successful teams, as Manchester United renew their rivalry with Liverpool. The clash has taken on extra significance as Liverpool are in with a real chance of winning the title and ushering in a new era under Jurgen Klopp. United will be keen to keep the gap of overall titles between them at two, having overtaken Liverpool during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Liverpool would have gone into this game as overwhelming favourites earlier in the season, but the remarkable turnaround under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen United move in to the Champions League places and remain unbeaten in the league since the Norwegian took over. The talent within the United squad has been allowed to play in a more free and expressive manner allowing players like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to flourish in an attacking capacity. This pace up front will be of grave concern to Klopp, who was forced to start with a makeshift backline of Matip and Fabinho in the Champions League. The ability to win footraces certainly isn’t the strength of Liverpool’s central defence so the work of Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be crucial.

Liverpool on the other hand have dropped off a little since their blistering start to the season. Despite losing only once in the league to champions Manchester City, they have drawn three out of their last four games in all competitions, including back to back games against Leicester and West Ham despite leading in both. A 3-0 win at home against Bournemouth restored some faith but they were unable to score against Bayern Munich during their Champions League game in midweek.

In team news, Manchester United will be hopeful that both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will be declared fit to give Solskjaer options up front. David De Gea is almost certain to return to goal after being rested in the FA Cup game. There aren’t likely to be too many other changes, as Matic will likely partner the impressive Ander Herrera in midfield, with Pogba given the licence to attack Liverpool’s backline.

Liverpool will welcome back record signing Virgil Van Dijk, who was suspended for their game against Bayern Munich. He will likely partner Joel Matip in defence, with Fabinho given the chance to shift into midfield and keep Liverpool’s play moving. With Henderson impressive in their last game in breaking up play and Wijnaldum the most consistent performer in midfield, Naby Keita is likely to make way in such a big game. The front three almost pick themselves as Klopp would be hoping that Salah and Firmino quickly get back to more frequent goalscoring form.

Since March 2016, these two teams played out four draws in a row and then shared one win apiece in their next two fixtures. Liverpool will look to their 3-1 victory earlier in the season when Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to score two goals to hand Liverpool the points. However that was a different team under Mourinho and United look like they will be in much better shape when their rivals visit.

Punter's Pick

This certainly isn’t an easy game to pick given United’s recent resurgence, however Liverpool do still start as favourites with the bookies at 11/8. The markets that have materialised between these two in recent times offer good value with Bet365, who have over 10 corners priced at 11/10 and under 5.5 cards at 4/6. The second of these is particularly interesting as these fierce rivals have unexpectedly produced a low number of cards in recent encounters.

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