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Manchester United vs. Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
30 April 2021
Sunday 2 May
Old Trafford – Premier League
Manchester United host bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday looking to secure Champions League football for next season. A win for the hosts would give them a 16-point lead over the current Premier League champions with just four games remaining.
An action-packed FA Cup tie this season saw goals traded between the sides with Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood all scoring for Manchester United, whilst Mohammed Salah bagged a brace for Liverpool in a 3-2 win for the Red Devils.
That January victory was United’s first over Liverpool since a March 2018 win in the Premier League. This season, the sides played out a goalless draw at Anfield a week before they met in the cup.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may continue to deploy Paul Pogba on the left-flank in order to add an extra man in midfield. Edinson Cavani is expected to drop to the bench with Marcus Rashford operating up front and Mason Greenwood on the right wing. Anthony Martial and Phil Jones both remain out injured.
Few changes are expected for Jurgen Klopp unless Nathaniel Phillips returns at centre-back. Jordan Henderson continues to miss out and is joined by Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. The manager experiemented with all four of his star strikers against Newcastle but will likely drop one on Sunday.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United this weekend looking for their first win in four games. The hosts saw their five-game winning streak come to an end with a draw against Leeds last weekend but remain favourites to win on Sunday according to Spin Sports’ online football betting.
Manchester United are 2.85 to take the win against their rivals and have looked the more convincing of the two sides in the Premier League this season. Since the turn of the year Liverpool have lost eight times wheras their hosts on Sunday have tasted defeat just once.
Ole Soskjaer’s Champions League campaign may not have gone as well as Jurgen Klopp’s, however the United manager will get another attempt next season, whilst Liverpool could well fail to qualify for Europe’s top competition. Failure to win at Old Trafford would see the current Premier League champions fall seven points off the top-four with just four games to go.
As a result Klopp is likely to go all out for the win on Sunday which should provide an interesting spectacle for the neutral. Liverpool remain favourites to win at 2.45 to win and have more than enough quality to turn the tables on their opponents. A lack of clinical finishing saw the Reds draw against Newcastle, as the game should’ve been won well before the Mapgies injury-time equaliser. The draw, meanwhile, is 3.50.
The visitors will undoubtedly be handed opportunities against a United defence that is far from secure. However, if they fail to put them away Sunday is likely to see yet another win for Solskjaer’s side.
Both teams to score at 1.74
The game at Anfield was something of a damp squib, but the cup tie at Old Trafford was much more like what’s expected when these two teams meet. Goals should be the order of the day again.
A draw at full-time at 3.50
A point would be more than good enough for United who, despite having a big points lead over Liverpool, don’t look to be as strong as the champions on paper.