The heavyweight fixture of English football that is Manchester United v Liverpool rolls around on Sunday. What a tremendous showdown this should be as well. Earlier in the season when the two met, Liverpool had a comfortable time against a negative Red Devils approach, then still under Jose Mourinho.
However, since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over, the Reds are flying. The odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool are 21/20 (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.).
Manchester United 21/10
* (betting odds taken from February 22nd, 2019 at 7:09 pm)
“Revival” really is the only word that you can use to describe the transformation that the Red Devils have gone through. They haven’t looked back since making a managerial change last December. They were bold enough to recognise that things were working and the Red Devils have raced away to a W11 D1 L1 record in their last fourteen games played across all competitions.
The only loss in that sequence, and therefore the only defeat they have suffered under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, happened in the UEFA Champions League at home against PSG recently. But in their very next game, they produced a fantastic performance away at Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup to take a 2-0 win. They have a bit of their old swagger back do the Red Devils.
On the domestic front at home in the Premier League the Red Devils have won four of their last five (D1). They are currently on a big unbeaten stretch of 10 league games at Old Trafford and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last six on home soil. So they are going to pose a big threat in this one. They have looked direct and dynamic, particularly when they are playing on the counter-attack.
United have been boosted by Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, two of their speedy forwards, being back in contention for this game after recent injury issues. The Red Devils have averaged over two goals per game this season, but the one surprise about their home form is that they have just the one home clean sheet. The odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool and both teams to score in the match is at 9/2 odds (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.).
Liverpool pretty coasted to a 3-1 win at Anfield over Manchester United back in December. However, the Red Devils do have home form against Liverpool. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five home games against Liverpool in all competitions. They have gone W3 D1 in their last four Premier League home games against the Reds. So they don’t make life easy for Liverpool at Old Trafford.
While Liverpool are still well in the race for the Premier League title, their form in 2019 has had a few stumbles. From the start of the season right through to the end of December, Liverpool dropped just the six points in their Premier League campaign. Since the turn of the new year, they have dropped a total of seven in just six games (W3 D2 L1).
So has the long season and pressure been catching up with them? If you look across all competitions in 2019, Liverpool have posted a W3 D3 L2 record, including a 0-0 draw at home against Bayern Munich in midweek in the UEFA Champions League. In just two of the games in that eight-match, sequence did Liverpool managed to score more than one goal in a match.
This is one of the great English fixtures on the calendar. It will be a raucous afternoon at Old Trafford and there will probably be a few meaty tackles flying around. The interesting thing is, despite their current strong form, the Red Devils are underdogs.
The odds on Manchester United to beat Liverpool are at 21/10 and that is some value that is actually pretty tough to ignore on a team in such good form (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.).