By Josh Powell | Capital One Cup
‘We Need Help’, screams the back page of today’s papers as David Moyes realises that he has absolutely no clue what he’s doing at Old Trafford. To make matters worse he’s forgotten his password to log on to the office computer at Carrington and Anderson has nicked his canteen card.
Moyes should also be concerned that United have won just one of the last four league games and haven’t scored from open play in any of them yet Ashley Young still makes the starting line up and cashes in on around £20k a day.
It could get worse for the Red Devils tonight as Liverpool arrive at Old Trafford with Luis Suarez back from his biting ban and, according to Brendan Rodgers, ‘chomping at the bit’. Rib-tickling word play indeed. Here’s where the money has been going ahead of the game…
Despite United’s recent clusterf***s against Chelsea, Liverpool and their nearest but least dearest Manchester City, 61 per cent of punters can’t prise those rose-tinted glasses off their faces. Moyes’ men are 5/4 and have comfortably attracted more than half of the cash with 36 per cent of the money going on Liverpool at 23/10. There isn’t any middle ground between United and Liverpool and even neutral fans don’t want to be caught happily perching on the fence. Just three per cent of the money is on the draw and extra time.
Taking out the possibility of a draw and including the drama of an extra 30 minutes of Ashley Young falling over and some hero-defining potential penalty antics, and the market isn’t that much different. At 4/7 United have attracted 63 per cent of the cash with 37 per cent of the money on 5/4 shots Liverpool to be in the
hat big glass bowl for the next round.
All hail the return of King Luis. Suarez is back and Liverpool fans have seemingly forgotten how desperate the Uruguayan was to leave Anfield a few months ago before blaming journalists, interpreters and agents before laughing it off as a big misunderstanding. At 6/1 Suarez is far and away the punters’ pal tonight and 37 per cent of the dough is on the Liverpool striker. Wayne Rooney, also at 6/1 has attracted 24 per cent of the market, while dancing Danny Sturridge is also well-backed at 7/1.
Correct score backers are torn in this tie with a narrow 2-1 victory for Liverpool (10/1) and United (15/2) being as well backed as a 3-1 victory for the home side at 14/1. According to the traders in Power Tower the most likely result is the 1-1 draw at 11/2, but 28 punters have thrown caution to the wind by backing 4-4 at 225/1. It’s a result the neutrals wouldn’t mind but one that would have Paddy Power under more pressure than David Moyes.