The Premier League title may be out of reach for both teams but this fixture could have a massive effect on both team’s seasons.
For the middle third of the season, Manchester United looked sure to comfortably qualify for next season’s Champions League – however Liverpool have hit form with a vengeance in recent weeks and could leapfrog their long-time rival with victory here.
The last four renewals of this fixture read 1-0, 1-2, 1-1, 3-1, whilst Manchester United have won three of the last four Premier League encounters between the two sides.
Liverpool’s recent Premier League record is the best in the league though having won their last six games, including home games against Manchester city and Spurs, whilst they also beat Southampton away in that run of form. In those six games they have scored 12 goals and conceded four – and Brendan Rogers has his team playing as well as they’ve done all season.
Despite reasonable home form, Manchester United haven’t exactly been ripping up trees on their travels and have won just two of their five away games since Christmas.
It’s rare the matches between the two teams ever go to plan but, having beaten Manchester City recently Liverpool are fancied to continue their good form by beating Manchester United here.
Liverpool @ 23/20 (Hills and Betfred)
Despite only winning two of their last five away games, Manchester United did score in all of them, whilst Liverpool have been scoring quite freely, and Betfred are offering 4/5 that both teams score. However, the last four games between the two teams has been won to nil and the 23/20 for that run to continue looks better value.
Both teams to score – No – @ 23/20 (Betfred)
With a place in next season’s Champions League possibly resting on the result of this game it may well up being a close run affair – and Liverpool are fancied to win it 2-0 as United will have to come looking for a goal if Liverpool, as expected, score first.
Liverpool to win 2-0 @ 21/2 (BetVictor)
Just to keep it thrilling, I’ll be having a last goalscorer bet on Steven Gerrard, in what will almost definitely be his last match against Manchester United, in the hope he can sign off against his old foes with a bang.
Steven Gerrard last goalscorer @ 10/1 (Paddy Power)