Liverpool v Man Utd Betting Odds

Without their Serbian captain - and Rio Ferdinand alongside him - vulnerabilities could be exposed by their biggest rivals smelling blood and hungry for a kill.

Liverpool take on Manchester United in Sunday lunchtime's Premier League clash at Anfield. The Merseysiders have enjoyed something of a renaissance under caretaker boss Kenny Dalglish but counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson will demand a return to winning ways after his league leaders lost at Chelsea in midweek.

£35m Andy Carroll could make his debut for Liverpool with Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio and Raul Meireles hopeful of inclusion, though Martin Kelly is out. United are without the suspended Nemanja Vidic and injured Rio Ferdinand, leaving Chris Smalling at centre-back alongside Wes Brown, who has just six starts this season.

Reds Smell Devils' Blood

Following a slender 1-0 FA Cup defeat to United two months ago, Liverpool's form drastically improved with five wins and just two defeats from their last ten in all competitions. Yet, a league upset at bottom side West Ham last Sunday brought the Reds back down to earth, having previously gone six without loss. Whilst their away form remains suspect, Liverpool do have seven wins from the last ten at Anfield, losing just once to Wolves.

Having gone 29 games unbeaten, United have now lost two of their last four in the league, both on the road. Although nowhere near as bad as Liverpool on their travels, the first-placed side have looked modest away from Old Trafford this term with only four wins. Yet, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have still accumulated twenty-two points from a possible thirty in 2011 and they have not lost two in a row since March 2009.

Liverpool have triumphed over United in the last two league meetings at Anfield but prior to those, the Manchester side held a favourable record with maximum points in four of their five previous visits. Intriguingly, there has been just one draw in the last 24 encounters - at any venue - with United just ahead on wins with 13.

United's success this term has been largely based on a solid defensive unit, marshalled by the ever-present Nemanja Vidic. Without their Serbian captain - and Rio Ferdinand alongside him - vulnerabilities could be exposed by their biggest rivals smelling blood and hungry for a kill. Liverpool are a very tempting 15/8 to pick up the win with United around 6/4 and the Draw 9/4.

When Two Tribes Go To War

Just one of six previous clashes at Anfield have produced three goals or more, with four seeing a single goal at best. For their part, United have found the net in all bar five of their 18 Premier League visits and have failed to score just three times in their away calendar this season.

Bar last week's effort at West Ham, Liverpool have greatly improved their backline resilience under Dalglish. While the Reds may not be able to shut out their opponents in this game, they can be taken to score at least once themselves so backing Over 2.5 Goals at 6/5 may reward.

There have been seven red cards in the previous nine engagements, while a spot kick has been taken on five occasions in the last five contests. A sending off should be available at 2/1 or better with 5/2 about a penalty being awarded. Liverpool's designated taker, Steven Gerrard, can be backed at 10/1 to be First Goalscorer.

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 04/03/2011 - 12:00 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Liverpool, Manchester United

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