Manchester United versus Liverpool is always one of the most hotly anticipated matches of the Premier League season as these two great rivals battle it out for victory. Often high tempo and eventful contests, we expect nothing less on Sunday as Liverpool attempt to bounce back from the disappointment of dropping out of the Champions League and the Red Devils try to maintain their fine recent run.
Louis van Gaal’s men have won their last five matches, and though they have rarely been convincing – especially when beating Southampton at St Mary’s earlier this month – the confidence they will have gained from creeping up to third place in the table will certainly have a galvanising effect on the players. With Robin van Persie rediscovering his scoring touch and Wayne Rooney driving his teammates forward, there now appears every chance United will finish in the top four. But they will need to get a positive result here to maintain their momentum.
Liverpool won 3-0 at Old Trafford last season (as well as beating United 1-0 at Anfield), but without the skill and guile of Luis Suarez and the goal-getting ability of Daniel Sturridge – who is apparently still out injured – we simply can’t see the visitors having enough to trouble their hosts. Neither Mario Balotelli nor Rickie Lambert have really cut the mustard for the Reds since their summer moves to Anfield, and with Steven Gerrard looking evermore hampered by aging legs and Raheem Sterling failing to make as much of an impact as many hoped he would this term, there is a severe lack of attacking impetus in the team at present.
Of course, given their recent form, a draw would be seen as a good result for Liverpool, but we’re not convinced they have the defensive capabilities to achieve such an outcome by attempting to stifle their opposition. Instead we feel Rodgers will send his men out to get into Man United from the off, putting in the tackles and trying to unnerve the hosts. Of course, as often happens when these sides meet, there is always the risk that the tackles could be a little over-zealous and that a player (or maybe two!) could see red.
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We are strongly of the opinion that United will win this match, and backing them to win 2-0 at odds of 9/1 or 3-0 at 17/1 could be options worth considering. Both Rooney and Van Persie are priced at 6/5 to score at anytime in the match, and picking either could well pay dividends, while those seeking a bumper profit could do worse than combine Van Persie to score the opening goal and the match to finish 2-0 to United in a scorecast with tempting odds of 33/1.