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  • on 27.01.2012
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Liverpool v Man Utd Preview – FA Cup 4th Round

Liverpool secured a Carling Cup Final place in midweek after defeating Roberto Mancini’s men and now they must play “that other” Manchester club with a place in the draw for the FA Cup 5th round up for grabs.

Much controversy surrounded the game when the two sides last met in October, with the game eventually finishing 1-1. Steven Gerrard and Javier Hernandez were on the scoresheet on that occasion and they are 15/2 (Paddy Power) and 7/1 (Ladbrokes) respectively to net the first goal this time around. A repeat scoreline pays 6/1 (Ladbrokes).

Man Utd have had more time to prepare and are 9/5 with William Hill, while Liverpool will be full of confidence and will have the backing of the Anfield faithful once again. The home side are best-priced 17/10 to win in 90 minutes with Stan James (23/10 the Draw).

Whilst Liverpool find themselves 19 points off the pace in the Premier League, it is worth noting that they are undefeated at home this season, winning four but drawing a disappointing seven.

But as with any major cup tie – form can pretty much go out of the window as it’s often a matter of who wants it more on the day!

Liverpool Team News

Liverpool will be without striker Luis Suarez, who is midway though serving of his eight-match for his part in the Partic Evra race-row.

Craig Bellamy has been in good form of late and may keep his place up top after netting against Man City in midweek. He is 15/2 to bag the first goal (Stan James).

Lucas is a long-term absentee, but other than that Liverpool have no new injury concerns and will be able to field a near full-strength side. 

Manchester United Team News

Phil Jones faces a race to be fit for this clash, according to Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan, which is a blow given that the Red Devils are already without Nani, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, Anderson and Nemanja Vidic.

Sir Alex will be pleased at his teams performance last weekend at the Emirates and will be hoping of more of the same against their arch rivals. Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are expected to start together again at the back, after keeping Robin van Persie quiet for most of the game.

Park Ji-Sung tends to play in these types of games, and with Nani injured will probably start on the left, with Valencia working the opposite flank.

Liverpool v Manchester Utd – Bookie Offers

Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets if a penalty is scored 90 minutes.

Boylesports will refund your losing first goalscorer bet if your player goes on to score the second goal of the game.

Bet365 will refund all losing Correct Score, HT-FT and Scorecast bets if the game finishes 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Liverpool v Manchester Utd – Match Odds

Liverpool v Manchester Utd – Betting Tips

There is no doubt United have the stronger squad but will have to contend with a host of injuries. Games between these two most fiercest of rivals have tended to go the way of the home side in recent games but Liverpool have been way of the pace this season.

Whilst we predict a close game, we fancy United to sneak it by a single goal.

Recommended Bets

Man Utd to win by one goal – 7/2 (bet365)
Draw HT/Man Utd FT – 11/2 (Paddy Power)

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