It’s one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, but in recent seasons it has been a one-sided contest, and bettors can rely on Liverpool to earn a win at Old Trafford.
Who do Bettors Favor?
|Manchester United v Liverpool|
Checking out the best online sportsbooks, it’s no surprise to find that the visitors are the strong favorites to win here against struggling opponents. Manchester United can be backed at odds of up to +440, while the visitors are around -166. If you think these teams will finish even, you can also opt for the draw at +140.
Nightmare Continues for United Fans
For Manchester United fans, accustomed to seemingly never-ending success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the last few seasons have been a long-running nightmare, and all the signs are that it will continue to get worse before it gets better at Old Trafford.
It is increasingly apparent that the problems at the club are way deeper than coaching appointments and player attitude. From player recruitment strategy to stadium management, the club ownership team has failed consistently, and the results are plain. Last year United spent a little under £250 million on salaries, by far the biggest payroll in the EPL, and finished sixth.
This season ambitious young manager Erik ten Hag has been given the thankless task of turning this ship around, but consecutive defeats to Brighton and Brentford mean United are currently bottom of the table.
Slow Start for the Reds
Liverpool swapped Sadio Mane for £65 million Darwin Nunez in the summer but were still widely expected to be the main challengers to reigning champions Manchester City.
That may still happen, but two games in, the Reds are yet to record a win, and their slow start already means that they are four points behind City. They needed a late Mohamed Salah goal to earn a point against newly promoted Fulham in their opener and also had to come from behind at Anfield against Crystal Palace last weekend, eventually recording their second consecutive draw.
With four Premier League games coming up in the next two weeks, including a Merseyside derby against Everton early in September, head coach Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to generate some winning momentum, and a victory over United would be a good place to start.
Premier League Team News
Anthony Martial has missed both league games so far and is unlikely to be available here as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Facundo Pellistri is also out with an ankle injury, at least until the end of the month, but Victor Lindelof may be fit enough to be in the matchday squad.
Ten Hag made three changes at halftime against Brentford, and United did at least keep a clean sheet in the second half, so it is possible that Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane, and Tyrell Malacia will start here, while Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez miss out, and given Cristiano Ronaldo’s discontent, Ten Hag may choose to leave his most famous player on the bench.
Liverpool’s team news is worrying for Klopp. Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Ibrahima Konate are all likely to be missing through injury, while Joel Matip is also a doubt as he recovers from a groin strain. The biggest absence will be Nunez, who is suspended following his red card in the game against Crystal Palace, which means a potential reshuffle in the forward positions.
The only good news on the injury front is the availability of Naby Keita, who was on the bench against Palace, and Kostas Tsimikas, who has recovered from a minor knock.
Premier League Match Betting Pick
The intensity and history of this fixture, which dates back to 1894, means that it is always one of the most keenly anticipated games in the Premier League schedule.
In recent times, however, it has not been a game that Manchester United fans have looked forward to. Their team has only won one of their last eight games against Liverpool – an FA Cup fixture in the 2020/21 season and they haven’t beaten Liverpool in the league since March 2018.
The most embarrassing aspect for United is that their last few meetings with the Reds haven’t even been close. Liverpool won 5-0 and 4-0 last season and have scored 13 times in their last three games against United, as the Manchester club has found no answer to Liverpool’s rampant forward line.
Given the absence of Jota and Nunez, as well as the departure of Mane, Liverpool may not be in top goalscoring form here, but then they may not need to be against a United team that appears to fold completely when conceding a goal. Liverpool’s own defense is solid and unlikely to be troubled at Old Trafford, so a visiting team win looks the best match-betting pick here.