ALWAYS one of the highlights of the season, what does Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) fancy in this battle of the North West giants?
Liverpool v Man Utd | Sunday 13:30 | Sky Sports 1
This looks a great game on Sunday! Two gladiators fighting it out for a Champions League place.
I’ll start with the home side and once again pay tribute to Brendan Rodgers. The reverse fixture of this tie really was a defining moment for Liverpool’s season. They lost 3-0 that mid-December day, lay stranded in mid-table and Rodgers was trading at single figures to be the next manager to leave.
Since that cold Sunday they haven’t lost again in the league. In fact they haven’t lost in 90 minutes in this country since. What a turnaround! In that period they’ve beaten Man City, Tottenham and Southampton and are back in the Top 5.
In their seven home league games since that day they’ve scored two or more on every occasion. Three against Tottenham and two each against the champions and Arsenal. Goals have been no issue.
As much as Manchester United have struggled away from home this season, quotes as short as evens on Liverpool make no appeal to me. We saw on Sunday that Louis Van Gaal’s side do have it in them to produce striking performances and I can’t quite forget their smash-and-grab at the Emirates last November.
Again though I’m looking at goals, and despite just four away wins out of 14 this league season, the Red Devils have scored in eight of their last nine away Premier League games.
You’d also like to think that in a game of this magnitude they might just show their teeth. In terms of big games, I can only think of the Arsenal FA Cup match where they looked empty.
Yup, it’s goals for me, I can see both sides scoring but I’ll go with Over 2.5 Goals at 20/21 with BetVictor.
Liverpool v Man Utd – Over 2.5 Goals (Evens Betfair)
Paddy Power are offering new players a huge 16/1 on both Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi scoring on Sunday. Huge!