United And Liverpool Lock Horns Again For An FA Cup Fifth Round Spot

Last weekend in the Premier League, Manchester United went to Anfield to face Liverpool and came away with a 0-0 draw in a game that the visitors had the best two chances, but were thwarted by the excellent goalkeeping of Liverpool’s Brazilian international Alisson.

That result kept United top of the table for the time being, but saw Liverpool record a third game in a row without a goal in the Premier League and their fourth in succession in the competition without a win. The Reds dropped to fourth in the table on the back of that result and heaped yet more pressure on manager Jurgen Klopp and his team.

In a twist of FA Cup-induced fate, the two teams meet again on Sunday, this time at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Fourth Round. And such a huge game is certain to attract plenty of interest in the betting markets, especially with the fixture being played to a conclusion on the day.

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Let’s now take a look at the full list of games in the FA Cup Fourth Round this weekend, before we take a closer look at the game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

FA Cup Fourth Round – Fixtures

All kick off times shown are GMT and are 3pm unless stated

Friday 22nd January

  • Chorley Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers – 7.45pm

Saturday 23rd January

  • Southampton v Arsenal – 12.15pm
  • Brighton v Blackpool
  • Millwall v Bristol City
  • Barnsley v Norwich City
  • Sheffield United v Plymouth Argyle
  • West Ham v Doncaster Rovers
  • Bournemouth v Crawley Town
  • Swansea City v Nottingham Forest
  • Cheltenham Town v Manchester City – 5.30pm

Sunday 24th January

  • Chelsea v Luton Town – 12pm
  • Fulham v Burnley – 2.30pm
  • Brentford v Leicester City – 2.30pm
  • Manchester United v Liverpool – 5pm
  • Everton v Sheffield Wednesday – 8pm

Monday 25th January

  • Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur – 7.45pm

Manchester United V Liverpool – Preview

Last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Anfield was a somewhat predictable game in many respects. Liverpool dominated possession, especially in the first half, but it was Manchester United that had the better of the chances. This included two gilt-edged for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the second half that could have won them the game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are in great form at the moment. They have not been beaten in 12 Premier League games and they are unbeaten away from home in the Premier League in over a year. However, this game is at Old Trafford where United’s form, although improved of late, has been poor, especially early in the season.

The one positive for United is that Liverpool’s away form this season and indeed, going back to the games after they clinched the title last season, has been somewhat poor. They have won just twice on the road in the Premier League, drawing five games and losing two.

Add to that Liverpool’s toothless attack which has mustered just one goal in their last four EPL games, and who scored just four against what was effectively an Aston Villa youth team in the FA Cup Third Round at the start of January.

The winner of this tie will have a home game in the fifth round against either Doncaster Rovers or West Ham United, leaving them just one further game from a potential Wembley semifinal.

FA Cup History

The teams have met 18 times in the FA Cup in the history of the competition and they have contested two finals, in 1977 and 1996, both of which were won by Manchester United. However, in their most recent FA Cup clashes, it is Liverpool who hold the edge having won two of those encounters to United’s one.

United hold the edge in encounters between the teams in all competitions winning 88 games to Liverpool’s 77. 68 matches, including the one last week at Anfield, finished as draws.

Probable Team Selections

It is going to be interesting to see what teams both managers put out for this game. With another EPL game in midweek next week, the fixtures are still coming thick and fast and generally both managers do tend to rest key players for FA Cup games, especially in the early rounds.

However, given the rivalry between these two teams, and how important avoiding a defeat is for both, especially perhaps Liverpool given their current form, it is hard to see either Jurgen Klopp or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making a huge number of changes for this game.

United may elect to rotate a couple of players, Dean Henderson may come into the team in place of David deGea in goal, while Mason Greenwood may replace Anthony Martial in attack. You could also see Nemanja Matic come in for either Fred or McTominay in midfield.

For Liverpool, I think Roberto Firmino’s place is under real threat now and I would not be surprised to see Minamino selected in his place. I also feel the return of Joel Matip into defense is possible, especially if he misses out the Burnley game on Thursday. If Matip plays Thursday, then the Reds may go with Henderson and Fabinho in defense again as it is unlikely Matip would be fit enough to play two games in four days.

  • Man Utd Team – 4-1-3-2 – Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood
  • Liverpool Team – 4-3-3 – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Milner, Minamino, Salah, Mane.

Match Predictions And Tips

I do feel that given seven of the last ten games between these two teams have finished as draws, that this is a game that will require extra time and possibly even penalties to decide the winner.

As such, I think a draw is the likely outcome for the Full Time Result market and you can back that at 12/5 with bet365.

In terms of the correct score for that. I don’t think yet another 0-0 is likely, but 1-1 has been a common result in these games too and that is an 11/2 shot with bet365 too.

So who wins in extra time? That’s a tough call but United do have the better of things against Liverpool in the FA Cup generally, despite the Reds improved record of late and I think with home advantage, United may sneak the win either in extra time or via penalties.

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