We are approaching the final few games in the Premier League and while it is seemingly certain that Manchester City will be crowned the deserving Champions and Manchester United look likely to finish second, the battle for the two remaining Champions League qualification spots behind them looks likely to go right to the wire.

A whole host of teams, Leicester City, Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are in with a realistic chance of finishing third or fourth in the table and that makes some of the games remaining over the last few weeks of the season all the more important for those teams.

One such game comes this weekend and it is one of the biggest matches, if not THE biggest match of the year in the Premier League. Two great rivals from the north west, Manchester United and Liverpool clash at Old Trafford in what is a big game for both and one that both teams will feel is a must win game.

United need to win to keep pushing City, while Liverpool will feel three points is vital in their quest to finish in the top four after a season beset with injury problems to central defenders that has left them without their top three choice centre backs for the majority of the campaign.

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Let’s now take a look at the game coming up this weekend and why it is so vital.

Manchester United v Liverpool Preview

The Red Devils have enjoyed a relatively strong season and have been the most consistent team in the Premier League after their rivals Manchester City. A number of poorer results at home, particularly early on in the season, put paid to any realistic hopes United had of catching City, but strong performances particularly away from home and over the last few months have seen United emerge as City’s main rivals.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will welcome back three players into the team that were suspended from Thursday Night’s Europa League Semifinal First Leg clash with AS Roma. Captain Harry Maguire, left back Luke Shaw and midfielder Scott McTominay should all return, with all three likely to start the clash with Liverpool.

Marcus Rashford, who has a very good scoring record against Liverpool, has been nursing an ankle injury over the last few weeks, but barring any issues from the game with AS Roma, he should also be fit to play, as should the likes of Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani, who have both been nursing slight knocks.

One concern for United is their record against the ‘Big Six’ this season, with the Red Devils being involved in a number of 0-0 draws against teams in this group, including a draw by that scoreline when the two teams met at Anfield back in January this year.

However, United did follow that up with a 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Fourth Round just a week later.

Liverpool will still be without a number of players for this game, with defenders Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip all ruled out. Nat Phillips, who had been an able deputy, should have recovered from a thigh injury to play in this game, however if he is ruled out then Fabinho will likely revert back to centre back alongside Ozan Kabak.

Jordan Henderson will miss out also through injury which means that if Fabinho does move into defence, there could be a spot available in midfield, with James Milner, Naby Keita or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain most likely to be given the nod if that is the case.

The Reds will likely not keep with their four-pronged attack that they fielded against Newcastle for this game, and I expect Salah, Jota and Mane to get the nod for this game with Firmino, who has struggled for form of late, probably relegated to the bench.

  • Man Utd Probable XI – (4-2-3-1) – Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Fred, McTominay, Rashford, Fernandes, James, Pogba.
  • Liverpool Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Phillips, Kabak, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Jota, Salah.

Historical Record – Man Utd v Liverpool

  • Matched Played – 234
  • Man Utd Wins – 89
  • Draws – 68
  • Liverpool Wins – 77

As you can see, Manchester United hold the edge in the historic record between the two teams, but in recent years, the matches between the two have been very close. In fact, seven of the last eleven matches between the two have finished as draws (four by a 0-0 scoreline) with both teams registering two wins apiece in that period.

In the Premier League six of the last nine games have finished as a draw, Liverpool winning twice and United just the once in that period, a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in March 2018.

The biggest win in this fixture in recent times came back in March 2009, when Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners at Old Trafford

Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Tips

As you can see from the history of these two teams, the draw has been the result to pick in recent times and if you look at how both teams have fared this season and of late, that is the result that leaps out of the page at you.

The draw is 13/5 with bet365 Sport at the moment, but I just have a feeling that this game could be too decisive for either team to settle for that.

Liverpool’s need for three points is far greater than United but their lack of goals of late and their wastefulness in front of goal is a huge concern. Add to that a defence that is lacking its star players and a midfield that could be devoid of Fabinho and I think the Reds could find this a tough ask.

As such, even though they are strangely the underdogs with Bet365 Sport, I would back Manchester United to land the win here at 9/5.

In terms of the correct score, games between these two teams have not produced too many goals of late and as such, I would pick the 1-0 win for Manchester United at 10/1 in the Correct Score market.

If you wanted an Anytime Goalscorer bet, then Marcus Rashford’s excellent record against Liverpool cannot be ignored here and I think at 9/4 he is the best value option.