Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview

January 22, 2021
By: Daniel Orme

Manchester United and Liverpool renew rivalries once again by facing off in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The two teams only clashed just under a week ago in Premier League action, producing a dire 0-0 stalemate at Anfield, a result that carried Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils to the top of the league standings. Despite that, it was another match that Manchester United failed to win against their rivals, having only won one game out of their last 11 in all competitions against Liverpool.

The hosts can be backed at odds of 6/4 with William Hill to run out winners this time around, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s men are at 17/10. A draw after 90 minutes is the least fancied result at 5/2.

Considering the recent form of the two teams, it could well be another low scoring affair at Old Trafford. Manchester United have failed to find the net in three out of their last four matches against the Reds. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s recent troubles have certainly been in front of goal. In their last five Premier League games since their 7-0 thumping of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Liverpool have only scored one goal, firing blanks in their last four games. This game is likely to be decided by just one goal then, an eventuality that can be backed at a price of 31/10 with Betfair.

Should either side secure a slender victory to secure their spot in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, then the first goal is of course set to be crucial. Mo Salah is the most fancied to strike the opening blow at odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power. Bruno Fernandes has not scored in any of his last three Premier League games, his joint-longest run since arriving at Old Trafford but the Portuguese is still available at a price of 9/2 to score the first goal of the game.

Whilst that duo are sure to take the pitch, there are a few doubts over others, particularly in defence. The Red Devils have Brandon Williams, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all ruled out, whilst Victor Lindelof is still a doubt with a back injury. The Reds have very similar problems as they prepare to travel to Old Trafford. Long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain out, whilst midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are restricted to the sidelines. Diogo Jota is edging close to a return from his knee injury but he is more likely to be back on the pitch in early February.

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