TAB Betting Blog: Red Devils, Reds to share the spoils at Old Trafford


Old Trafford, Monday morning [AEST]

One of the marquee fixtures on the football calendar takes place on Monday morning when Manchester United host Liverpool.

Both sides will have their reasons for wanting to beat the other and each still have something to play for in the run home.

With just five games left, United still have a mathematical hope of catching Manchester City while Liverpool haven't given up on finishing in the top four.

Realistically though, I can see United finishing second and while it pains me to say it, Liverpool will probably end up fifth.

The Reds haven't had a great campaign and it's been rocked by injuries, inconsistent form and a stack of missed opportunities.

They should go into this game desperate and they have beaten United in two of their past five encounters, with the other three being draws.

One of those stalemates was earlier in the season at Anfield when it ended nil-all.

The Red Devils play a counter-attacking style under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which has proven rather successful this season, however, against the bigger teams it hasn't quite worked out on occasions and that game earlier in the year was one of those.

With United on the short back-up from Europa League commitments on Friday morning, this will give Jurgen Klopp's men the upper hand. On the flip side, Liverpool haven't won at Old Trafford for seven years.

Liverpool's two recent draws see them sit four points outside the top four. In both matches, they created plenty of chances but didn't capitalise.

If they don't take their chances here they will drop more points but I cannot trust them with my money.

The same goes for United though because when they look as though they are going to steamroll an opponent, they don't. The exception was Friday when they came from behind to pump Roma 6-2 in their Europa League semi.

Therefore the only logical bet here is the draw. It's popped up in three of the past five EPL fixtures between the sides, so why not?

TIP: Draw (Result) @ $3.40