Manchester United vs. Liverpool – English Premier League, May 13, 2021
Manchester United plays its third game in the space of five days as this rearranged fixture pits together two old rivals at Old Trafford.
The home side has already qualified for the Champions League, but Liverpool still has a lot to do to finish in the top four. They could be even further down the table by the time this game kicks off because of results elsewhere.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool Betting Odds
MyBookie has priced this game with the thinking that Liverpool has everything to play for now. But with a local derby as big as this one, the league positions don’t really matter.
United will want to win this, and the odds for a home win have to be considered. The draw bet odds look good, too.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool Preview
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to rotate his squad for the game on Tuesday against Leicester due to the frequency of games this week for United. The ten changes made to the starting eleven from the weekend’s game will have angered a Liverpool side who would have wanted Leicester to lose, helping with its own Champions League hopes.
The youngsters brought into the team in that game actually played very well and helped United go in level at the break. Leicester did come out a little more in the second half, though–even when some of the more familiar players from the home side came on as subs later on. Solskjaer can now put out his strongest possible eleven for the visit of Liverpool.
But results have picked up recently, giving last season’s champions renewed hope of a top-four finish.
The Leicester victory has now made that outcome a little more difficult, though. If Chelsea beat Arsenal on Wednesday, Liverpool will be nine points below the cut-off with just four games remaining. Klopp will know that defeat at Old Trafford on Thursday could be the end of the road for his team.
My Manchester United vs. Liverpool Betting Pick
Manchester United holds all the cards here to afford to lose to its bitter rival and still finish higher in the table, and also qualify for the Champions League. Even a Liverpool victory doesn’t guarantee Klopp’s men a top-four finish, and I think that United will have enough top players back to force at least a draw. That might keep Liverpool’s hopes alive.