Premier League Betting: Liverpool v Man United - Fan v Fan Preview



Liverpool perspective: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.

Team news

Liverpool are still without Lucas Leiva, who will be out for a few more weeks following his thigh injury. Jose Enrique will likely make a league return, despite not having a poor game against Young Boys in Switzerland. Most of the senior players were rested on Thursday so they should be fresh for this game. Enrique aside, I believe that the Gaffer will start with the same lineup that faced Sunderland last weekend, with Glen Johnson switching to the right. Raheem Sterling will get another start and so will Jonjo Shelvey after his impressive cameo on Thursday.

Form

We are still without a win this season in the Barclays Premier League, and currently sit in 16th place after four games. Many Liverpool fans are positive, however, seeing that the team is coming together and getting used to Brendan Rodgers' style of play.

Head-to-head

Manchester United are our biggest rivals, no matter where both clubs sit in the league table. Last season the same game ended in a draw, after a Steven Gerrard free-kick was cancelled out by Javier Hernandez. Of course we all know that the game last year was overshadowed with the Evra/Suarez incident and created a lot of bad blood between the clubs. The release of the Hillsborough documents last week has given both clubs an opportunity to unite in a show of solidarity for the families of the ninety-six and a tribute is planned by both clubs before kick-off.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.75. Neither defence has been particularly convincing this season, so I think there will be goals in this one.

Luis Suarez to score at 3.15. With the recent history between the clubs, the Uruguayan will be more motivated than most on Sunday.

The draw at 3.25. While we haven't quite hit top gear, we certainly have the quality to trouble United, whose recent record at Anfield is fairly poor.

Score prediction

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United (7.00)

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Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way.

Team news

United go into the game without any new injury worries. Smalling and Jones both remain long term absentees whilst rumours that Wayne Rooney could return have been shot down by Sir Alex. Having Rooney would have been a huge bonus considering it was him that made the difference the last time the two sides met.

Form

Recent events have made this game even more highly charged than normal, but handshakes and chanting aside, this game should be exciting. We weren't at our best against Galatasaray in the week, but will be looking to build on a solid start to the Premier League season.

Head-to-head

Liverpool are no longer the force they were but against United all bets are off. We last won at Anfield in 07/08 so will to have our wits about us. Our perennial tormentor Dirk Kuyt is gone so we can breath a sigh of relief, but Luis Suarez has been a thorn in our side and could cause problems. On the other hand, new signing Robin Van Persie showed last season he doesn’t mind a winner at Anfield and with Pepe Reina looking shaky this season, Robin may take advantage.

Best bets

United to win at 2.65. It will be a tight game but I expect United to squeeze it.

RVP to score any time at 2.70. He scores when he wants and will be looking to make his mark in the first big game of his United career.

United to score a penalty at 7.50. United have been woeful from the spot this season (even the reserves missed one in the Manchester Senior Cup on Thursday) but Sir Alex has vowed to correct this.

Score prediction

Liverpool 1-2 Man United (10.50)

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