With Liverpool having finally displaced Manchester City at the top spot of the Premier League – for now at least – and Manchester United having a distinctly troubled and chaotic season, it seems like the balance of power has shifted considerably in the favour of the home team. However, even with United not firing on all cylinders, they’ve still managed to find themselves in the upper half of the league standings. Are bookmakers counting out the legendary side a little too hastily?
Liverpool wants to cement their place as the top dog, while United need to prove they are still a force to be reckoned with, so don’t be surprised if we see fireworks in this contest.
Liverpool vs Manchester United Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Man United
It’s strange to see United as the underdogs. And as their troubled season began, with those famous losses against Brighton and Tottenham, we would likely have argued that a difficult spell does not warrant such negative predictions. However, United haven’t yet managed to fully turn things around. Most significantly, they’ve struggled against top tier sides, which is exactly what Liverpool are.
The home team, on the other hand, have battled their way to the top through consistent, quality performances. We will say though that United rarely go down without a fight, and will likely make this a fairly action-packed game. With that in mind, our prediction is for Liverpool to win 2-1.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool win
Currently sitting at the top of the 2018/19 Premier League standings, Liverpool are clearly the favourites here. They come into this contest with a huge 63% win probability, compared to Manchester United’s 15%, who are currently in sixth place. The odds reflect this, with Paddy Power offering Man United match odds of 5/1 and 1/2 odds for a Liverpool win, making the latter a good choice for a low-risk bet. Those wanting to go higher risk for a larger potential ROI can go with our predicted scoreline, with the bookmaker advertising more competitive 13/2 odds for a 2-1 Liverpool win wager.
It should be little surprise to anyone that these two English football legends and Premier League heavyweights have quite the history together. They first met over 100 years ago in 1894 and have battled literally hundreds of times since. United have the overall winning percentage, and this really shows you just how remarkable their recent fall from grace has been. They also won their last battle 2-1 back in March.
Before that, things ended in a stalemate several times, with the last Liverpool victory coming in the same month of 2016. These two have been neck-and-neck for over a century, so it will be interesting to see whether this bout breaks that mould.
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Players to watch: Mohamed Salah & Romelu Lukaku
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah
There are so many fantastic players in Liverpool, with several having already used this season to showcase their skills and grow as performers. However, after that hat-trick against Bournemouth, our pick has to be the sensational Mohamed Salah. The razor-sharp forward is the kind of player to make any defence feel nervous, and with Manchester United’s recent defensive struggles, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Mo grab another set of headlines with his performance here.
Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku
Fans have been rough on Lukaku this season, with many feeling upset that the 25 year old Belgian international has failed to live up to expectations after his excellent performances last season. However, with Anthony Martial’s injury status unknown, he remains one of the finest strikers on the team and the amount of blame put at his feet feels remarkably unfair. A great performance here against the likes of Liverpool would definitely help to silence the doubters, at least for a time.