Score Draw + Fernandes to score in Sunday clash as Devils take on Reds
EPL preview: Manchester United vs Liverpool – Old Trafford – Sunday, 2nd May 2021 – 16:30hrs. BST
Manchester United will be all pumped up going into their Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool after their thumping 6-2 win over Roma in a first-leg clash of the Europa League semi-final during midweek.
Twin second half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani set the stage for a spectacular fightback after the Red Devils found themselves trailing 1-2 at interval.
Prior to Thursday's emphatic win at Old Trafford, Ole Solksjaer's men had overwhelmed Granada 4-0 on aggregate in the Round of 8 stage.
Liverpool's recent form has been a far cry from that of their forthcoming opponents, having been ousted by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and held to 1-1 draws on the domestic front by not very fancied opposition like Leeds United and Newcastle.
Which is why the reigning champions are four places away from Manchester United on the sixth and 13 points clear of the latter with slim hopes of finishing inside the Top Four of the Premier League.
Manchester United form across all competitions: W/W/W/W/W/W
Liverpool form across all competitions: W/W/L/D/D/D
Dean Henderson, though, may come in for David de Gea for the goalkeeper's spot while Eric Bailly will hope to make his first start since March.
Klopp will try to restore the dependable Fabinho to the back four while Curtis Jones may not recover fully to qualify for a weekend start. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be in all probability given starts upfront with the injury-prone but effective Diogo Jota coming in as substitute at some point of the match.
Firmino and Mane, have really struggled in front of goal for quite some time now but Klopp is unlikely to axe either of them from the starting XI.
Manchester United starting XI in 4-2-3-1 formation: Henderson (goal); Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Wan-Bisaka; McTominay, Fred; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood.
Liverpool starting XI in 4-2-3-1 formation: Alisson (goal); Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Klopp's Reds have really struggled for any sort of consistency for a long time now but given their desperate situation and United's complacence from being in strong positions on all fronts, a 1-1 draw cannot be ruled out with the bookmakers leaning slightly towards a Liverpool win as the odds below suggest.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction & Odds;
- Liverpool to win: 29/20
- Manchester United to win: 17/10
- Draw: 13/5
Both teams to score
- Yes: 4/6
- No: 11/10
- Draw 1-1: 13/2 (predicted score line)
- Liverpool 1-0: 9/1
- Man Utd 1-0: 10/1
- Liverpool 2-1: 10/1
- Man Utd 2-1: 10/1
- Draw 0-0: 11/1
- Liverpool 2-0: 14/1
- Draw 2-2: 14/1
- Man Utd 2-0: 14/1
- Liverpool 3-1: 20/1
- Man Utd 3-1: 22/1
- Liverpool 3-2: 28/1
- Man Utd 3-2: 28/1
- Liverpool 3-0: 25/1
- Man Utd 3-0: 28/1
- Draw 3-3: 50/1
- Liverpool 4-1: 40/1
- Man Utd 4-1: 50/1
- Liverpool 4-2: 50/1
- Man Utd 4-2: 50/1
Anytime goal scorer
- Mohamed Salah: 20/21
- Bruno Fernandes: 15/8 (SkyBet) (recommended bet)
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