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Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester United vs Liverpool
England – FA Cup
Date: Monday, 24 January 2021
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford.

All eyes will be on Old Trafford when Manchester United and Liverpool go head to head in the FA Cup derby. 

When the two teams met at Anfield in the Premier League at the weekend they played out a goalless draw, and yet another close encounter is on the cards. 

All Mata, Lingard, James, and van de Beek are pushing for a start, with Greenwood likely to lead the line for the hosts. The likes of Jones, Rojo, and Williams remain in the recovery room.

The Reds, on the other hand, defeated Aston Villa youngsters 4-1 in their FA Cup opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Old Trafford clash. 

Since Jurgen Klopp is likely to mix the squad as well, yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon. Minamino and Oxlade-Chamberlain are both pushing for a start, while Gomez, Jota, Keita, and Van Dijk remain on the sidelines.

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Manchester United Liverpool played so far 53 matches.
Manchester United won 24 direct matches. Liverpool won 19 matches. 10 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.32 goals per Match.

Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction

Manchester United in actual season average scored 1.93 goals per match. In 8 (57.14%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (50.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool average scored 2.26 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (81.25%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Liverpool are expected to be without captain Jordan Henderson once again on Sunday after he missed the Burnley game with a muscle strain.

Klopp has played down concerns over the severity of the problem, but the quick turnaround between matches makes it unlikely that Henderson will recover in time to start this weekend.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were both dropped to the bench for the visit of Burnley and should returning to the starting lineup here, although Sadio Mane could be rested.

There was better news on the injury front with Joel Matip returning in midweek and Kostas Tsimikas back on the bench, and the latter could start this game in order to give Andrew Robertson a rare rest.

Other changes could also be in the offing with fringe players such as James Milner, Neco Williams and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pushing for starts, while Klopp could look to protect his fragile centre-back options by giving either Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams a run out.

Diogo Jota and Naby Keita remain sidelined for this match, while Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees in defence.

Man United have had an extra day of rest ahead of this game but are still expected to make changes, one of which will see Marcus Rashford return to the starting XI after he sat out against Fulham.

The likes of Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof will also be pushing for recalls, while Solskjaer could hand chances to Dean Henderson and Alex Telles.

The calibre of the opposition means that Solskjaer is unlikely to weaken his starting XI too much, though, so the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani could all still start.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Matic; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Williams, Phillips, Fabinho, Tsimikas; Milner, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Minamino.