English soccer’s most storied rivalry is Man Utd vs Liverpool, and here’s hoping things go ahead this time after the match was abandoned a few weeks ago.
United fans protesting at US owners The Glazers has stopped the team from leaving their hotel and traveling to the stadium, while at Old Trafford a small group had broken through security to make their way onto the pitch. The protest is likely to be repeated but here’s hoping the match can actually take place.
Then end result is United playing Thursday-Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday, four games in seven days to squeeze out this season. This match versus Liverpool is the fourth of them, and we can expect fatigue to be kicking in by that stage, even if coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer uses heavy rotation of his roster.
Despite awful recent form, drawing with Leeds and Newcastle in their last two games, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool remain just six points off the top four with a game in hand and they still hold a chance of salvaging their season somewhat.
Trying to win a Champions League place for next season is their only focus left and they will be far more motivated to win, particularly with United guaranteed second spot and with a Europa League final to prepare for.
So the onus will be on Klopp’s men to take the game to United, who might enjoy the type of counterattacking game that could create for them.
Man Utd vs Liverpool Odds
It’s a tight one. Liverpool is slight favorite with odds of +150, while Manchester United is +170. The draw is +255
The online bookmakers have chalked this one up pretty well. We’ll look to avoid the money line with so little at stake. We’ll go elsewhere for our picks.
Manchester United remains a far more dangerous proposition on the road than it is at home. United remains unbeaten on its travels in this entire Premier League season. But at Old Trafford they have often struggled against weak opposition.
But stats are largely secondary here to how interested both teams will be in the game, and that edges us slightly towards Liverpool, who have more to play for.
Man Utd vs Liverpool Injury Report
For United, Anthony Martial is out for the season after a knee operation, which will mean Edinson Cavani will play as he celebrates his one-year contract extension. Eric Bailly is still unavailable.
For Liverpool, their long-term woes involving Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are well-documented. Outside of those two, pretty much everybody is available for the reigning champions.
Predictions and betting picks
We’re going to look at goals once again here, which has served us well with our last few picks. Liverpool’s finishing has been below par in their last two outings, scoring twice against an xG of well over 4, leading to two draws in matches it should have won before defeating Southampton at the weekend in a game which really should have offered more goals.
I expect them to take the game to United, who have other commitments. Liverpool’s other forwards might be struggling in front of goal but Mo Salah largely hasn’t. We expected Liverpool to net at least one and it’ll be a surprise if the Egyptian isn’t involved.
OddsCritic Pick: Mo Salah to score anytime at +140 (BetMGM, Borgata, BetAmerica, Resorts)
What time does Man Utd vs Liverpool start?
The match will take in place in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Thursday, 13 May with a kick off time of 1515 ET (1215 PT).
How can I watch Man Utd vs Liverpool on TV?
Manchester United v Liverpool will be shown on NBC Sports and Peacock Premium.