Liverpool vs Manchester United – Betting Tips & Predictions – 19/01

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021


 

There’s nothing quite like a clash between two Premier League juggernauts to really get the adrenaline pumping and get us psyched for these middle stages of the season. Make no mistake, Manchester United may be a wounded giant at the moment, but even when the Red Devils aren’t at their best, they still manage to be better than most.

However, they’re not going up against any normal side here: they are facing off against the most dominant team in English football right now. Liverpool will be looking to bat away their legendary opponents for a 13 league win in a row. That’s not to say they have looked invincible though – their close 1-0 victory against Tottenham hardly saw them at their best. If Manchester United bring their A-game and catch them off guard, an upset could very well be on the cards here.

Liverpool vs Manchester United Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Man United

There are two key reasons why we don’t think Manchester United will be able to surprise the Premier League leaders. One is pretty simple: Liverpool’s astonishing track record over the last several months. They manage to get the job done time and time again, and have come back swinging from far greater adversity than one less than perfect performance. The other is that Manchester United’s gamble of playing Rashford against Wolves in the FA Cup came back to bite them, leaving them likely without what many consider to be their star player. With that in mind, our scoreline prediction is 2-0 to Liverpool.

Our recommended tip: Liverpool win both halves

In addition to the reasons we’ve already laid out for why we think Liverpool will have a dominant outing here, we’d also like to point out that when the Red Devils lose – or even just fail to win – it is often without scoring a goal. We saw it in that first clash with Wolves, against Arsenal and against Watford. We think with a team of the calibre of Liverpool, we could easily see them take and keep the lead early. For that reason, our recommended tip is for Liverpool to win both halves. Betfair have medium-risk 12/5 odds on this prediction.

Previous matches

Of course, these two have had some absolute wars over the years, including some of the finest games the Premier League has ever seen. What’s astonishing is that in well over 200 games, there’s not much between them – only a dozen games to be exact. Manchester United actually have the historical advantage, and their recent games see them neck-and-neck. The last eight contests in this fixture resulted in six draws and one win apiece. While this doesn’t take into account Liverpool’s amazing season, it should give United confidence. Even if it is only by a nudge, they are favoured by history.

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Players to watch: Virgil van Dijk & Brandon Williams

Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk

We don’t want to act like Liverpool’s outing against Tottenham was some kind of disaster. Far from it – they won against one of the best teams in the world. It just didn’t sparkle quite as brightly as we often, perhaps selfishly, expect. And the reason they emerge victorious in these kinds of instances is through the efforts of the likes of Virgil van Dijk. His abilities allowed his team to continue to dominate. Here, we’re sure he will once again prove invaluable.

Manchester United: Brandon Williams

With Rashford’s status in doubt, we’ll have to look elsewhere for our player to watch. Due to his brilliant performance in that Wolves game, we’ve decided to go with Brandon Williams. He just seems to get better each and every week. We’re excited to see what he can do against a side with the quality of Liverpool.

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