It’s the highlight of a thrilling weekend in sport, as Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield. It’s one of the spiciest rivalries in the top flight, and with a place in the top four up for grabs, we’re set for more drama than an Eastenders omnibus. Louis van Gaal’s men take on a Liverpool side in untouchable form so we’ve cracked open Paddy Power’s betting book to see where punters are putting their cash ahead of the big one.
Although the teams would seem fairly evenly matched, this isn’t the game where you should be getting splinters in your arse by sitting on the fence. Just seven per cent of punters cash is on the draw (23/10) with fans and neutrals alike being ballsy enough to side with a winner. Liverpool (23/20) have home advantage, and have dropped just three points in the league since December 21, so it’s no surprise to see that they have more support despite LVG’s men winning this tie at Old Trafford 3-0 earlier in the campaign. There is 38 per cent of cash going the way of the Red Devils (13/5) who have won just four away games this season – the same number as Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
Despite the lean towards Liverpool to win, it’s a scouser in United colours who punters fancy to open the scoring. Since moving back to a more familiar position up front, Wayne Rooney (13/2 to score first) has bagged himself three goals in three league games after a difficult start to 2015. He also has three goals in the last six league games against Liverpool and the former Toffee likes nothing more than riling up the Kop faithful.
Daniel Sturridge (5/1 to score first) has also been well supported as he looks to get somewhere close to his electric 2013/14 form. After a long spell on the sidelines Dancing Danny is getting closer to 100 per cent, and he bagged the winner in this respective fixture last seaosn. The third man to see a wave of support is Jordan Henderson (16/1 to score first). The Liverpool captain elect bagged the winner against Swansea on Monday night in somewhat fortunate circumstances, and has five goals to his name this season as he looks set to have his most prolific campaign in front of goal.
When it comes to a correct score, 15 per cent of punters agree with Paddy’s prediction that Liverpool will come out on top 2-1 at 15/2. Three of the Reds’ eight wins at home have finished 2-1 and they’ve won two of the last seven league games against United at Anfield by that scoreline. Next popular is a 3-1 win for Liverpool at 14/1, while a 2-1 victory for Manchester United (11/1) rounds out the top three.
We don’t know which way it’s going to go, but if Rooney opens the scoring before Liverpool come back and win 2-1, we can guarantee Paddy will be crying into his Sunday roast.