It’s the biggest smash-up in English football and with 10 games to go – one of the most important.
Brendan Rodgers hasn’t quite gone all Fergie-like and vowed to knock the reigning champions off their f****** perch – at least not in public. But a win will give the House of Scouse a foot in the Champions League places – at least – if they beat their fierce rivals at Old Trafford today (1.30pm).
Here’s where the money’s going with Paddy Power as of 11.30am Sunday morning.
With David Moyes’ side 11 points off the Scousers in sixth place – United fans will be praying for a third league win on the bounce to give them momentum going into the business end of the season. Liverpool are the form side going into the game with 20 points from a possible 24 in their last eight league games.
Liverpool were chalked up at 2/1 earlier in the week but almost two and half times the number of bets is on the Reds now and Paddy’s had to pull his pants up and clip them into 19/10.
United are 6/4 favourites despite having only taken a paltry 21 points in 13 games at home this season (W6, D3) and have won more points (27) away from the prawn sandwich brigade.
The words “bull” “arse” and “banjo” haven’t been used at Old Trafford for a long time but their misfiring strikers ( Robin Van Persie aside) have only hit the onion sack 46 times in the league.
Dancing Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have fired the Reds to the top of the goalscoring charts with 73 league goals in 28 games as Liverpool’s title challenge continues.
Sturridge has scored 12 in his last 12 for club and country and more importantly he’s hit the net in three of his last four games against United (including once for Chelsea). Punters have latched onto him at 6/1 in the first goalscorer’s market. Suarez is the next best backed at 5/1 with only RVP – who scored in both league games last season agaisnt Liverpool attracting cash at 5/1 for the home side.
There’s always money for Martin Skrtel (25/1) and he’s hit Paddy where it hurts in the each-way betting with three league goals this season at double digit prices.
Liverpool haven’t won at at Old Tarfford since March 14 2009 when a Steven Gerrard hat-trick inspired a 4-1 thumping. Despite this the 4-1 and a 5-0 win for the Scousers is the best-backed scoreline at 55/1 and 225/1 in the early skirmishes.
While David Moyes’ record at a) Old Trafford or b) against Liverpool doesn’t inspire confidence, United backers can cling to the comfort blanket that the home side don’t tend to lose these games. Only once in the last 12 meetings have the visitors come away from Anfield or Old Trafford with all three points.
United have won three of the last four home league games 2-1 against Liverpool. That’s a 17/2 poke with Paddy Power That other 3-2 so United to win by exactly one goal could be the play at 16/5.
The SAS figure strongly with Sturridge or Suarez and a 3/1 win for Liverpool attracting the cash at 75/1. RVP to score first and United to win 1-0 or 2-1 is holding its own at 33/1 and 30/1 respectively as kick-off approaches.