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Andy Gray exclusive: Back the Manchester double on Sunday

by Josh Powell | January 11, 2013

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Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray was on the ball with an 11/1 double and 5/1 treble last weekend in the FA Cup. He’s joined The Paddy Power Blog to give his insight on the biggest Super Sunday of the season.

Manchester United v Liverpool 1.30pm
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This is historically the biggest game of the season. They are the two giants in English football. Since Bill Shankly took over in the 60s, in the last 40 years, they have almost 20 titles each nearly which is phenomenal. Between them they have dominated English football and winning the title, occasionally you get the odd Arsenal, Chelsea, Villa, Blackburn, Leeds, Everton but apart from that it has been Liverpool and Manchester United. They’ve dominated this league and that’s why it is the biggest game in the calendar.

Nothing has changed. Fergie likes beating Liverpool more than any other side in the country and that won’t change. Fergie will want to beat Liverpool and beat them badly.

United have the advantage at Old Trafford and have only dropped points once at home this season. They have nine wins and a defeat against Tottenham so that’s some formidable form to take in to the game. The way Robin Van Persie is playing and Hernandez are playing makes them really tough to play against. Their attacking threat they have is very good.

Both teams can score at 1/2. Liverpool are good enough to get a goal but might not be good enough to win the game.

Suarez in another year might be favourite to win footballer of the year but with players like Michu and Van Persie playing so well he might have trouble. But it’s testimony to Suarez’s ability that every time he walks on to a football pitch you expect him to score.

Both of the strikers can score at 5/1 but United should have more firepower and can win by exactly two goals at 9/2.

Money Back Manchester United v Liverpool and Arsenal v City

Arsenal v Manchester City, 4.00pm
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There won’t be many goals in this game. How will Manchester City cope without Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure? Those are two massive players for City who had a huge influence on the side last season. They aren’t available so City will have to show their fans that they can cope even without two of their biggest players. They have the ability to that and plenty of footballers that can come in and fill the gaps left by those two.

Arsenal were OK in the FA Cup against Swansea last week but were just OK. They still looked very vulnerable defensively and that will be a worry for Arsene Wenger. There won’t be many goals but City can shade this and win by a single goal at 7/2.

Whatever happens City will get something so City or the draw at 4/9 could be the wiser bet.

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