The Manchester United Liverpool smash-up dominates the weekend with Lucky Louis van Gaal’s side chasing their sixth successive league win as Brendan Rodgers‘ season goes from bad to even badderer.
Rodgers desperately needs a repeat of last year’s 3-0 smash ‘n’ grab raid at Old Trafford as their mid-week Champions League exit to Basel has left him with about as much credibility as Russell Brand after last year’s break-out season.
But with United’s new-found ability to turn what looks like a certain draw, if not defeat, into an unlikely victory they’ve crept seven points clear of the House of Scouse as the biggest game in English League football swings around.
Another three points for United on Sunday could leave Liverpool supporters quieter than a post-inquiry CIA before the Christmas fixtures kick in and the Red Devils in the driving seat for that coveted Champions League spot in LVG’s first season in charge.
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It’s six months – in Premier League terms – since Liverpool’s 3-0 win at the Theatre of Dreams made Moyes a nap for his P45 in his first season in charge of the Red Devils.
LVG’s rebuilding job saw them go undefeated in a pre-season US Tour culminating in a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the final.
But Rodgers has to do a bit of renovating of his own after top scorer Luis Suarez departed for Barcelona, Daniel Sturridge has spent most of the season on the physio’s table and Steven Gerrard and Simon Mignolet left their best form in last May – along with their runners-up medals.
But before Liverpool did the double over United last season (1-0, 0-3), United had won three and drawn one of the last four Premier League clashes between the sides.
And the 3-0 victory was the first time in six games that this fixture didn’t end in a single-goal victory for either side.
Seven of United’s eight wins this season have seen more than 2.5 goals. So have five of Liverpool’s six wins in all competitions and over 2.5 goals is an 8/11 shot.
United have won 2-1 five times this season and if you had £5 on them to win by this scoreline with Paddy Power every week you would be up £148.
With United’s defence as poor as Liverpool’s attack errors could decide the game and the value play could be for United to shade it 2-1 @ 7/1.
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