English Premier League Odds & Betting Picks for Manchester United vs. Liverpool (Thursday, May 13)
Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images. Pictured: Manchester United standout Edinson Cavani.
- Manchester United welcomes Liverpool to Old Trafford for Thursday's Premier League showdown in a battle of global powers.
- The Red Devils suffered a 2-1 loss to Leicester City, ending their chances of winning the league crown.
- Jeremy Pond explains below why he's backing Manchester United to get a result.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool Odds
|Manchester United Odds||+190|
|Over/Under||2.5 (-177 / +140)|
|Day | Time||Thursday | 3:15 p.m. ET|
|Odds updated Thursday afternoon via DraftKings.|
Two European soccer giants meet Thursday when Manchester United welcomes Liverpool to Old Trafford for a crucial Premier League showdown.
This will be the Red Devils’ second match in less than 48 hours against a fellow top-flight power, showing the scheduling gods weren’t the nicest when setting up their late-season fixtures. Manchester United suffered a 2-1 loss to Leicester City on Tuesday, which locked up the league crown for Manchester City.
On the other side, the Reds continue to make their desperate push for European tournament soccer next season. They’ve gone undefeated in their last six league affairs, with a 2-0 victory over Southampton this past weekend the latest positive result.
This fixture marks the 235th time these global juggernauts will square off in their storied histories, with Manchester United winning 89 of the matches compared to Liverpool’s 77 victories. The remaining contests were draws.
Let’s take a quick look at these sides and see what might be in store.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the Red Devils have to be displeased with the way their schedule was set up down the stretch, but there’s no time to complain about what can’t be fixed.
Manchester United, which hadn’t lost a league match since a 2-1 home shocker against relegated Sheffield United on Jan. 27 prior to the Leicester City defeat, has gone unbeaten in 14 of its last 16 EPL games. The club will need to get back to that brilliant form as it closes out its season.
The Red Devils have league tilts with Fulham and Wolves left on their schedule, along with the all-important Europa League final on May 26 against Spanish outfit Villarreal.
The last time these sides met, the Red Devils earned a 3-2 win over the Reds in a fourth-round FA Cup match on Jan. 24 at Old Trafford. However, that ended a disappointing run of results for Manchester United, which has gone winless in the five previous meetings against the last season’s league champion.
The Reds are hoping their late-season run of stellar play translates into a top-four finish, which would get them into Champions League next season. Currently, they’re in sixth place on 57 points and trail Chelsea by seven points for the last UCL spot.
There are several scenarios where Liverpool can make the field for European soccer’s most prestigious club tournament, but winning out and snagging a spot on their own would be the most surefire way to accomplish that goal.
Liverpool closes with extremely favorable games, first against 19th-place West Bromwich Albion — headed to the Championship — next on the docket. Burnley and Crystal Palace follow, meaning three wins and nine points are not out of the question.
What could come back to haunt the Reds are back-to-back 1-1 draws against Leeds United and Newcastle United that came prior to the win over Southampton. Those one or two points left on the table could be all the difference between a UCL berth or a disappointing Europa League spot.
Betting Analysis & Pick
Recent history away from Anfield tells us Liverpool is up against it in this affair. The Reds are winless at Old Trafford since the 2013-14 Premier League campaign. These sides have also finished in stalemates three of the last four times they’ve played on Manchester United’s hallowed ground.
For those reasons, I’m am backing Manchester United on the double chance wager of win or draw at -155 odds via DraftKings as my top pick. The fact the Red Devils will be back at full strength for this contest is a bonus, plus they’re going to be playing with a chip on their shoulder after being officially eliminated from title contention.
I will also sprinkle a little on the total staying under the alternative number of 3.25 goals at -143 odds. There have been two goals or fewer scored in eight of Liverpool’s last 10 league matches, so I will look for that trend to continue in this latest showdown between soccer giants.
Pick: Double Chance — Manchester United or Draw (-155); Total Under 3.25 Goals (-143)