Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Tuesday night and we take a look at the game from a betting angle.
Manchester City remain firm favourites to win back-to-back English Premier League Titles and you can back them at 4/10 with Liverpool priced at 39/20.
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Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 at Wembley in the FA Cup this past weekend to book a spot in the Final. It was their second match against City within a week and they had previously drawn 2-2 away in the League, a result that means Manchester City lead Liverpool by 1 point with each team having 7 games left to play.
The importance of Liverpool picking up 3 points against Manchester United to keep the pressure on Manchester City cannot be overestimated. That draw with Manchester City broke a run of 10 successive Liverpool victories in the League but their home form has been particularly impressive with 12 wins and 3 draws in 15 games and they have only conceded 7 goals while scoring 39 goals in home games.
Manchester United are currently 5th on the log and got a much needed 3 points in their last start when they beat Norwich 3-2 at home. Prior to that they had lost 1-0 to Everton on the road and they have lost their last 2 away games and in 15 matches have scored 24 goals and conceded 23.
Over and under 2.5 goals is a very popular market amongst punters and having a closer look at these teams stats shows 9 of the 15 Liverpool home games would have delivered you a profit had you backed over 2.5 goals. 8 of the 15 Manchester United away games have reached the 3 goal mark.
Liverpool were far too strong for Manchester United earlier in the season winning 5-0 at Old Trafford, but last season United did hold them to a goalless draw at Anfield.
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Manchester United 13/2
Suggested Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 31/20
I can understand why the bookmakers have priced over 2.5 goals at 5/10, but I think we could be in for quite a cagey affair here and 4 of the last 5 Liverpool home League games against Manchester United would have seen under 2.5 goal backers collect. United will know that Liverpool are desperate for the win and I expect a fairly defensive start from them as they look to frustrate their hosts.
Other bets of interest are a Liverpool 1-0 win in the Correct Score Market at 7/1 and assuming I am correct and this is quite a low scoring affair how about a speculative play at 18/1 that the first goal is scored between the 61st and 70th minutes.
Finally the First Goal Scorer Market is always one I enjoy and I won’t look past Mo Salah at 33/10 to be the first to find the back of the net.
Note: All prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change