Betting. Manchester United vs Liverpool [15.01.17] : North-West Derby to be goalless again?

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Betting. Manchester United vs Liverpool [15.01.17] : North-West Derby to be goalless again?

Premier League

Matchday 21

15.01.2017

Bet: Total Match Goals Under 2.5

It is enough unexpectedly for sports betting experts but bookmakers’ offices named Manchester United as a clear favourite of North-West Derby with odds at 2.20. Well, it’s logically because The Red Devils are now in extraordinary mood. From the beginning of December the team is going with nine wins in a row in all competitions (six of them are gained in English Premier League). Moreover, José Mourinho’s side is unbeatable from the beginning of November in all competitions (from the end of October in EPL). However, placing bets you should take into account that such results didn’t help MUFC to improve its position in standings (6th place) but the gap was reduced significantly.

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At the same time Liverpool is considered to be an underdog with odds at 3.60. Nearly the same odds the Draw has (3.30). it’s a quite surprise for betting people because The Reds are currently on the second place in standings, only five points behind the leader Chelsea. However, Jürgen Klopp’s boys are very unstable. After another winning series in December-January the club in last Premier League match drew 2-2 with Sunderland. And then in FA Cup the minor Plymouth Argyle couldn’t be beaten (draw 0-0). So choosing bets you need to remember that on Wednesday Liverpool lost to Southampton 0-1 in the first EFL Cup semi-finals.

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Sports betting experts admitted that both teams have equal status because of their participation in semi-finals of EFL Cup. While there are some problems in Manchester United defence: Eric Bailly departed to Cup of African Nation in Ivory Cost national football team whereas Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are injured. So the only variant for José Mourinho in center of defense is          Phil Jones - Chris Smalling. As to Liverpool Senegalese Sadio Mané is unavailable as well as defender Joël Matip and midfielder Jordan Henderson may miss the game due to health trouble. However, that’s personnel loses except Mané are not crucial.

So such bets as “Double Chance: Liverpool Or Draw” (1.67) may be selected. As to the goal performance Total Match Goals Under 2.5 with odds at 1.91 is quite possible. Moreover, their four last head-to-head matches finished with Under 2.5 outcome whereas October game on Anfield was drawn 0-0. Risky punters may even test Total Match Goals Under 1.5 option with odds at 3.50.