FA Cup Quarter-Final: Manchester United vs Liverpool Odds Guide, Preview & Betting Tips

Mo SalahThe FA Cup has reached the quarter-final stage and the best eight teams in the competition this season will be in action this weekend. The pick of the round is Sunday’s tie between Manchester United and Liverpool (3.30pm; TV: Live on ITV1). Both teams will be desperate to edge past old rivals and into the semis.

In the Premier League, Liverpool have enjoyed a more positive campaign and are firmly in the hunt for the title. Manchester United are left to battle for a Champions League slot and Erik ten Hag’s team are currently struggling in sixth place with games running out.

This is the FA Cup and it can be a great leveler. Key players may also be rested on both sides, but what do the bookies make of this Sunday clash?

Liverpool start the game as favourites with odds-on figures in place for the away win. Jurgen Klopp’s side can be claimed at 4/5 in places, while the draw is next at a general 3/1. Most outlets are also offering 3/1 on a Manchester United victory, while the Red Devils are available at industry best odds of 16/5.

Those are the figures for the result in 90 minutes. The game has to be settled on the day, so we have a separate ‘To Qualify’ market which would also take into account any extra time and penalties. For this option, Liverpool are quoted at 4/9, while MUFC can be backed at 13/8.

In terms of league form, there’s little to separate the two teams. Liverpool have claimed 13 points from their last six EPL matches, while Man Utd have 12 points over the same period of time. The teams have met just once in the league this season, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw at Anfield in December. Form and head-to-head performances suggest this could be an even contest and another game where the outcome could be closer than the odds suggest.

Mohamed Salah has returned to the Liverpool squad following an injury layoff and the Egyptian striker was on target in the Europa League on Thursday night. Salah is favourite to open the scoring on Sunday and you can pick him up at best industry odds of 9/2. Darwin Nunez has stepped up in Salah’s absence. The Uruguayan now has 17 goals in all competitions this season, and he is available at 11/2 in the first goalscorer market.

The first option for Manchester United backers is Rasmus Hojlund at a top price of 15/2. The striker has discovered his scoring form after a long goal drought, but he has also been under an injury cloud and isn’t a guaranteed starter. Likely first goalscorer options from behind the main attacking players include Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes at 11/1, and Alexis Mac Allister of Liverpool at 14/1.

Moving away from player betting, Both Teams to Score continues our look at the side markets, and this is available at best odds of 8/15. If you are edging towards the ‘no’ option on BTTS, this is listed at a top price of 31/20.

Total Goals is next and a stake Over the 2.5 line would be met at a general 8/15. If you want to push that up one stage, Over 3.5 goals can be claimed at 13/10. Anyone looking at a quiet 90 minutes at Old Trafford could opt to get behind Under 2.5 goals at a top price of 29/20.

This preview will round off with some Correct Score options. The match odds are pointing at a comfortable win for Liverpool, so there may be some interest in a 2-0 outcome for Klopp’s men at best odds of 10/1. A 2-1 victory for Manchester United is available at a top price of 14/1, while the 2-2 draw can be backed at a best of 12/1.

Our Preview’s MUFC vs LFC FA Cup Game Betting Tips Verdict

Team selection could also play a big part in the outcome of this tie. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wasn’t afraid to field a young team in the League Cup final against Chelsea and he may do so again. Manchester United seem more likely to start with a stronger side as this is their only chance of silverware this season.

The Reds were in Europa League action on Thursday, thumping Sparta Prague 6-1, while Manchester United enjoyed a spare week.

All of this indicates that Sunday’s match could be tighter than the bookies expect. MUFC have mixed form and tend to struggle against the top teams in the league. However, they have home advantage, are fully rested, and that 0-0 draw at Anfield in December shows that they can raise their game when required.

It is also easy to see a scenario where Liverpool leave some key players, including Mo Salah, on the bench. This could also even up the game. For those reasons, this preview is going for the draw in normal time. A cagey game where extra time, and possibly penalties, may be needed, could also lead to a low scorer, so our second betting tip is for Under 2.5 goals. Remember, both of these selections are for 90 minutes and would exclude any extra time.