Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview

January 13, 2013
By: Deke Hardman


Sunday’s Premier League double header begins at Old Trafford as top of the table Manchester United host Liverpool.
The hosts go in to the game having drawn 2-2 with West Ham United in their FA Cup third round tie; winning the three Premier League games beforehand.

United have lost just once in the league since September, and could go ten points clear of second place Manchester City, who visit Arsenal later in the day.

Nani and Anderson could return to the match day squad after recovering from hamstring injuries, though Wayne Rooney remains out.

Top scorer Robin Van Persie is favourite to open the scoring with a variety of bookmakers offering a price of 4.5 (7/2), whilst Javier Hernandez is a 6.5 (11/2) shot.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s are odds to take all three points, with Bet Victor offering the best price of 1.95 (20/21). Liverpool are widely available at 4.33 (10/3) whilst you can back the draw at 3.8 (14/5).

The visitors are without Jose Enrique and Martin Kelly, so Andre Wisdom and Glen Johnson are expected to fill the full back positions, while Daniel Sturridge is set to make his first league appearance having socred seven minutes into his debut in the 2-1 FA Cup third round victory at Mansfield Town last time out.

Luis Suarez is one goal behind Robin Van Persie in the chase for the Premier League Golden Boot, and is 7.5 (13/2) to get the first goal of the game whilst Steven Gerrard, who has a good record in this fixture, is best priced at 13.0 (12/1).

There has been exactly three goals scored in the last three meetings between the sides, the most recent of which coming at Anfield in September, where a late Robin Van Persie penalty gave the visitors the points after Rafael had cancelled out Steven Gerrard’s opener. You can back Over 2.5 goals at a best price of 1.6 (3/5) with Bet Victor.

Alternatively, as there has been just one clean sheet kept in the last eight games between the sides, you might fancy backing both teams to score at 1.57 (4/7) with Ladbrokes.

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