Liverpool v Manchester United FA Cup Betting Odds, Tips & Preview – 28.01.12

Old rivals clash at Anfield as fans are warned

Anfield Road

Liverpool v Man Utd FA Cup betting is the big highlight of the weekend’s top action. There is the whole Luis Suarez thing surrounding this, as it was against United that he was accused of making racist remarks towards Patrice Evra and which resulted in him getting an eight match ban. So there have been calls for all fans to remain calm ahead of the big match at Anfield, the second time this season they have played there. Liverpool and United played out a 1-1 draw in the league match back in October and the Red Devils face another tough match in this year’s FA Cup. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men went across the City to face Manchester City in the third round and came away with a 3-2 win, staving off a brave fight back from the Blues who were down to ten men for most of the match, as Vincent Kompany got sent off. So United negotiated their way through that, and then landed another tough away match, this time at Anfield. United are under the cosh a little bit with injury problems, most recently losing Phil Jones for a while, and there are doubts over Nani as well. United had a bruising game at Arsenal on the weekend in the league, which they won 2-1 with a late goal from Danny Welbeck, but Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney were all causalities of war from that match. The bruises and bangs are stockpiling now, with Nemanja Vidic out for the season, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young and more struggling for full fitness. Still, United continue to roll along, battling their way through their tough encounters, whoever Sir Alex Ferguson manages to throw out on to the pitch. United did hit a rough spot in the league, losing back to back games around the turn of the new year, but have bounced back from that. They have won the last two matches in the league now and with some good away form, will be up for the challenge, even if it isn’t their strongest starting eleven on show.

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Liverpool however are three matches without a win in the league and Kenny Dalglish has been accusing his players of not being committed enough. There is not much to offer going forward for Liverpool at the moment, with Suarez still missing for another two games after this one, and Andy Carroll far off the scoring mark. A bad defeat at struggling Bolton last week, kicked up a managerial fury and Liverpool’s quest here for FA Cup glory, will probably be a bit hampered by their midweek Carling Cup semi final action against Man City. It means that they are not going to have had as much rest ahead of Liverpool v Man Utd FA Cup betting as the Red Devils have and that could prove crucial. Liverpool’s form at home this season hasn’t been great either, winning just four of their eleven league matches and drawing the other seven. So they don’t give much away but the potential of them winning looks average at the moment, and half chances are pretty much all Manchester United need when it comes to grabbing success. But will the home advantage be the great leveller in this match? Yes, they will be more tired, but their fans need some success and after a good run in the Carling Cup, the usually tight Liverpool defence makes them a great cup side. If they could find a way to put more goals in the back of the net, then they would be a much tougher proposition. The two sides met in the FA Cup last season of course, with United winning 1-0 at Old Trafford, but United have failed to win on their last two visits at Anfield. So a tight affair is expected and of course, some drama. Will tempers run higher than the quality? There have been some real classics between these two and the bookies are favouring Liverpool to just get something out of this fixture. A tough side to break down at home.

Liverpool v Manchester United FA Cup Betting Odds
Liverpool to win: 17/10 at Stan James
Draw: 23/10 at Bet365
Man Utd to win: 6/4 at Totesport