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Manchester United v Liverpool betting tips: Big guns to return for hosts

| 10.05.2021
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Preview and odds for Thursday’s match

Manchester United’s hectic week continues with a home clash against Liverpool as they look to ensure their bitter rivals miss out on a Champions League place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested several of his star players on Tuesday and United paid the price as a defeat at home to Leicester confirmed Manchester City as champions.

That result was another setback to Liverpool’s pursuit of a top-four finish and even a Europa League place would be in the balance if they were to lose at Old Trafford.

Thursday’s match is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 8.15pm as we highlight a few potential Manchester United v Liverpool betting tips.

Manchester United v Liverpool match odds

Solskjaer made 10 alterations on Tuesday with this rearranged clash in mind and Leicester edged out a 2-1 victory, with Caglar Soyuncu powering home a header after Mason Greenwood cancelled out Luke Thomas’ superb early volley.

Catching City was never a realistic prospect and Solskjaer’s selections will seem justified if United can beat Liverpool but their packed schedule – this is their fourth game in eight days – means they are 19/10 underdogs to do so.

Liverpool’s need for points is much more urgent as they look to secure European football, preferably in the Champions League, and they are 27/20 for a win which would keep the pressure on the teams above them.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are desperate for the win but these are often cagey contests, with six draws in the last nine Premier League meetings.

The points are 13/5 to be shared while a fifth goalless draw in five seasons is 14/1.

Manchester United v Liverpool head-to-head

Alisson Becker, Liverpool

This is the third meeting of the season between these fierce rivals who met twice in the space of eight days in January.

The first was in the Premier League at Anfield where Alisson Becker came to his side’s rescue to preserve Liverpool’s then-unbeaten home league record in a goalless draw.

The clash between England’s two most decorated clubs never got close to fulfilling its billing, with the best quality on show being that from the Liverpool keeper, who twice denied Bruno Fernandes in the second half.

The FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford a week later was much more entertaining as Solskjaer enjoyed his first win in this fixture with a 3-2 victory.

Mohamed Salah’s fine opener was cancelled out by Greenwood in an entertaining first half which was followed by a similarly pulsating second period.

Marcus Rashford coolly put United ahead only for Salah to level with his second of the match, setting up a grandstand finish in which star man Fernandes came off the bench to score a super free-kick winner.

Punters hoping for a repeat can back both teams to score in both halves and either team to win at 12/1.

Previous XI

Manchester United vs Liverpool - Football tactics and formations
Manchester United: De Gea, Bailly, Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe, Mata, Matic, Van de Beek, Greenwood, Traore, Elanga.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Williams, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jota, Mane, Salah.

Team news

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is sidelined and Anthony Martial and Phil Jones remain out, while Daniel James has missed recent matches.

Liverpool will be without centre-back Ozan Kabak and midfielders James Milner and Naby Keita as none of the trio have recovered from the knocks which kept them out of Saturday’s win over Southampton.

Key battles

Injuries in the back four have been a major reason for Liverpool’s poor defence of their title and an inexperienced central pairing of Rhys Williams of Nathaniel Phillips could be vulnerable against Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay striker is in fine form with eight goals in his last eight appearances and is 7/4 to celebrate his new contract with a goal here while he is 9/2 to open the scoring.

Diogo Jota and Salah are a shorter price, though, at 7/2, highlighting the danger they pose to a United defence which will again be without Maguire.

View the latest Manchester United v Liverpool odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.