By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 24th December 2018
Premier League leaders Liverpool will host rivals Manchester United this Sunday in what will surely be a thrilling showdown at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s men secured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday against Napoli while the red half of Manchester suffered defeat to Valencia, despite already having qualified.
Liverpool vs Man United: odds and predictions
Despite the short odds, Jurgen Klopp’s men are tipped as 11/20 favourites to win in our Liverpool vs Man United predictions, with the Red Devils trading at 11/2, and a potential draw at Anfield forecast at odds of 3/1.
The Merseysiders will be all too wary of United’s proclivity to ruin the festivities given that the last two games between the two sides have finished 0-0.
What’s more, down the years Jose Mourinho has been a concurrent thorn in Liverpool’s side when the Red’s have needed points the most. The famous 2014 ‘Gerrard slip’ comes to mind in a match where the Portuguese’s mind-games both on and off the pitch condemned Liverpool’s hopes of clinching their first Premier League trophy since 1990.
Yet this is Liverpool’s joint-best Premier League unbeaten run since the famous 1990 season, where they have not conceded more than one goal in their last 19 fixtures. Defensive fortification via summer recruits Virgil Van Dijk and Allison Becker has been their outstanding feature in this campaign, considering that we already know how dazzling they can be in attack.
Their defence is our pick to appear as the more stringent setup against a United side known for its stubborn back-four.
Liverpool vs Man United head-to-head: (most recent first) Liverpool 1-2 Man United, Liverpool 0-0 Man United, Liverpool 0-0 Man United, Liverpool 1-1 Man United, Liverpool 1-1 Man United, Liverpool 2-0 Man United.
Liverpool vs Man United match betting: score, anytime scorer, first scorer tips
Predicted score: Liverpool to win 2-1, odds trading @ 7/1
The first of our Liverpool vs Man United predictions forecast them to extend their unbeaten run at home with a 2-1 win over the Red Devils.
Recent form in this fixtures favours a stalemate, but neither side can afford to drop points at this stage of a season. Mourinho’s men are drifting further and further away from the ‘big six’, meanwhile, the hosts will have one eye on Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Man City.
With this in mind, our forecast of a 2-1 win for the Red’s, with the odds projected at 7/1 seems a timely wager with the Liverpool attack finally clicking into fifth gear.
Predicted anytime scorer: Juan Mata, betting @ 9/2
Despite our first match bet expecting the home side to emerge as victors, to rule out Manchester United regardless of their form this season would be foolish.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford were all firing from the same cylinder in their 4-1 win over Fulham. The same players who have each made an impact in previous games of this fixture.
While these players look in good form to lead the first goalscorer odds, the second instalment of our Liverpool vs Man United predictions instead sways in the favour of Juan Mata to score anytime during the game.
The Spaniard has been involved in seven goals against Liverpool, with three goals and four assists to his name, proving that he is capable of making things difficult for Klopp’s side on home turf.
Predicted scorer: Mohamed Salah our pick to score first @ 14/5
The Premier League’s joint-top scorer is tipped to extend his prolific run in front of the Kop this Sunday by breaking the bank first. Considering that the Egyptian with the Midas touch has scored the opening goal in more games (7) than any other player this term, this bet looks to be the pick of the betting bunch.
A hat-trick against Bournemouth last week followed up with the goal that took Liverpool through to the Champions League’s last 16 round is perfect practice for this high-octane clash against rivals United.
Salah will look to take the positives from his recent performances to score first again, and his pace and skill on the counter will certainly pose a problem for Eric Bailly and co.
In red-hot form, he brings up the rear of our Liverpool vs Man United predictions.
Liverpool vs Man United stats: Opta
- Manchester United have conceded 26 goals in 16 Premier League games this season – just two fewer than they conceded in the entirety of their 2017/18 campaign.
- Mohammed Salah has scored the winning goal in more Premier League games (6) than any other player this term
- This is the most points United have been behind Liverpool in the league table before Christmas since Christmas Eve 1990.
- The last two games between Liverpool and Manchester United have finished 0-0.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.