Top of the table clashes are always something to look forward to. But when the top of the table clash is between fierce rivals, it takes on extra significance. Such is the case on Sunday (January 17) when Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield. And for once, it’s Liverpool doing the chasing, not United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has surprised a few pundits by being genuine title contenders at the halfway point of the season, and go into this clash three points ahead of Liverpool. But who do the bookies think will come out on top on Sunday? Let’s have a look at some odds…
Is consistency key?
Despite United heading the Premier League table, consistency and home advantage look key pointers when it comes to the odds. Over the last two seasons, Liverpool’s league finishes and points look like this:
- 2019/2020 – position 1st – points 99
- 2018/2019 – position 2nd – points 97
Manchester United’s, meanwhile, looks like this:
- 2019/2020 – position 3rd – points 66
- 2018/2019 – position 6th – points 66
That consistency, or inconsistency in United’s case, is shaping the odds. Betway has Liverpool to win on Sunday at 19/20. Manchester United, meanwhile, are 13/5. For those who fancy a draw, that price is 14/5.
A draw most common
Looking at the last five league games between the pair, Liverpool has won twice, United once and there have been two draws. In those matches, Liverpool has scored seven goals and United four. Over the last nine league games between the pair, six have ended in a draw, including one Europa League clash in 2016.
Fearsome front lines
There’s no doubt there are goals in these two clubs. Liverpool’s Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho have been the most fearsome and prolific front three in the Premier League (if not world football) for a number of seasons. But United are this season’s second-highest top scorers (behind Liverpool) with 34 goals so far.
For punters who think there will be more than 2.5 goals in the game, Betway is offering 4/6. That price stretches to 17/10 for over 3.5 goals. Reckon it’s going to be a goal-fest? Then 15/4 is on offer for more than 4.5 goals in the game.
The hotshots to watch
Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernades is United’s top scorer on 11 goals, while Mo Salah is two ahead of him for Liverpool. Betway has both as favourites for their respective clubs to score at any point, Salah priced at 17/20 and Fernandes 9/5.
Elsewhere, Mane is priced 7/5 and Firminho 13/5. For United, Edison Cavani is priced at 19/2. A slightly longer bet is Marcus Rashford. United’s second-highest scorer this season is out at 5/2. Yet Rashford does have history against Liverpool, scoring three times against them in the last three games. Outside of the usual suspects for United, Paul Pogba, who scored the winner against Burnley in the clubs last game, is 11/2, while Scott McTominay, who like Pogba has two goals this season, is 6/1.
For Liverpool, it may be worth looking along the back line. Trent-Alexander Arnold, no stranger to taking a free kick, is 6/1, while Andrew Robertson, who loves to bomb forward, is 15/2.