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



Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way.

Team news

Wayne Rooney’s absence will be felt, as the last time the two sides met at Old Trafford it was his goals that made the difference. Nani and Anderson have both returned to training and will be included in the squad, as will Phil Jones. This means Sir Alex will have a serious dilemma on his hands as to who plays in defence, with all of his centte-backs fit.

Form

United last tasted defeat in the league back in November, and most recently dropped points against Swansea in a draw at the Liberty last month. There are signs of the team improving and goals seem to be coming in abundance, with Robin van Persie ready to capitalise on any chances that present themselves.

Head-to-head

"England’s Clasico" is capable of throwing up surprises. Red cards, race rows, penalties and chanting controversies have all dominated the headlines in recent meetings, but onfield United haven’t done too badly. We have had the edge in the last two meetings, and haven’t lost to Liverpool at Old Trafford since 2009.

Best bets

Robin van Persie to score first at 4.30. RVP has been on fire and I don’t expect him to slow down against Liverpool’s less than spectacular defence.

Steven Gerrard to score at 4.20. The Liverpool captain loves a goal against United and recently said he will be back to his best for the game.

United to win at 1.82. We've been in good nick of late, and can see us winning at Old Trafford.

Score prediction: Man United 3-2 Liverpool (19.00)

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Liverpool perspective
: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.

Team news

Many of our senior players - including Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard - were rested in last Sunday's FA cup tie against Mansfield Town. Martin Kelly and Jose Enrique are injured while Fabio Borini is still regaining fitness. Brendan Rodgers will likely give Daniel Sturridge another start while Jamie Carragher will fill in for the injured Jose Enrique.

Form

Liverpool have won their last three games; impressive performances against QPR and Sunderland were followed by a muted FA cup tie against minnows Mansfield Town. With many senior players missing for the FA Cup tie, many Kopites will hope that the team can play like they did against Sunderland.

Head-to-head

The two clubs have played each other 186 times with Manchester United winning 73 times. The same fixture last season was won by United thanks to two Wayne Rooney goals, meaning Luis Suarez's 80th-minute goal was in vein.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.53. With both attacks in such good form, this is an obvious pick.

The draw at 3.75. While a victory may be difficult to attain, we certainly have the ability to get a valuable point at Old Trafford.

Luis Suarez to score at 2.45. The Uruguayan has been unstoppable recently and loves playing against United.

Score prediction: Man United 1-1 Liverpool (7.50)

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