When Liverpool and Manchester United clash it is always something of an event, but it holds extra significance this season given both are battling hard to finish in the top four and thus gain entry into the Champions League. With both sides enjoying an upturn in fortunes in recent weeks, this match promises to be full of attacking intent and it should be a fantastic spectacle for the neutrals.
Despite a somewhat shaky first half of the season, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool have turned on the style in recent weeks. The return to action of Daniel Sturridge and the growing stature of recent signings have culminated in a fantastic unbeaten run of 13 league matches, 10 of which – including the last five – having been victories.
It is perhaps telling, though, that the last side to defeat Liverpool was in fact Manchester United in a fine 3-0 triumph that featured goals from Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. United’s own recent good form appears to have coincided with Rooney’s advancement to a more attacking role, something the England captain clearly relishes.
Louis van Gaal has had his critics this season, but the way his side demolished a very capable Spurs side 3-0 last time out was reminiscent of some of the better Man United sides under Sir Alex Ferguson: dynamic, fearless and relentless in attack. Whether they can put in a similar performance against the form side of the division remains to be seen of course.
One thing we do expect in the game is plenty of goals, and if you think both sides will score at least once in the match, Ladbrokes’ latest betting offer could be of interest. The bookie will refund losing bets on the correct score, first goalscorer and Scorecast markets if both Liverpool and Man United score. Given that has happened in nine of the last 13 league meetings between them, it could offer a solid piece of insurance for your bet.
The refund comes in the form of a free bet of up to £25 and applies to bets placed prior to kick off at 13.30 on Sunday 22nd March 2015. If your bet loses, your free bet will be credited within 24 hours and will be valid for seven days.
So, if you choose to take advantage of the Ladbrokes offer, what should you actually bet on? Well, there are some prime candidates in the first scorer market, with Rooney looking particularly attractive (not a statement you hear too often about the Shrek-alike!) at odds of 5/1. The former Everton man is certainly not an Anfield favourite, but he tends to rise above the Kop “banter” and he could be in for another big performance on Sunday. If he doesn’t net first, we are confident both side will score and thus you will at least get a refund of your stake as a free bet, but our money’s on Wazza to produce the goods.