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  • on 13.10.2011
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Liverpool v Man Utd Preview

Saturday 15th October 2011, 12:45 KO (SS2)

The Premier League is back with a bang as English Football’s two most successful clubs lock horns at Anfield in Saturday’s live lunchtime kick-off.

The Liverpool v Manchester United derby may not quite generate the same hype that we are accustomed to between these football giants, but there’s no doubt that despite the widening gap, this is still one of the biggest fixtures in the European footballing calendar.

Liverpool v Manchester United – Team News

This time last year Liverpool were left loitering around the relegation zone but this season, despite suffering back to back defeats against Stoke and Tottenham, they have a chance to climb back in to the top four with a win against their arch enemies.

Liverpool beat Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park last time out, albeit with a little help form a dubious red card from Martin Atkinson.

Whilst it’s fair to say even the most die-hard scousers would admit the Reds are far from being back to their best, the expected return of their dependable captain Steven Gerrard will no doubt boost their chances of picking up a third consecutive victory here.

Daniel Agger is also available once again and may feature, whilst Glen Johnson faces an uphill struggle to be fit in time for this fixture.

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The Red Devils will be looking to maintain their excellent start to the season, having gone unbeaten thus far in their seven games.

It will be interesting to see how they respond following a lengthy, yet interesting, international break (Rooney’s red card/subsequent suspension and Vidic’s missed penalty which cost Serbia a play-off spot).

The injuries just started to build up for Sir Alex Ferguson before the pause in Premier League action, with draws against Stoke and also Basel in the Champions League being put down to knocks as opposed to a loss of form.

Man Utd will be keen to get back to winning ways at Anfield and welcome back Javier Hernandez to full fitness after signing a new contract at Old Trafford earlier in the week.

Rafael is a confirmed absentee, while Jonny Evans is also a doubt having pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad in midweek.

Probable Line-ups

Liverpool(4-4-2): Reina | Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique | Gerrard, Lucas, Adam, Downing | Suarez, Carroll

Man Utd(4-4-2): De Gea | Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra | Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young | Rooney, Welbeck

Liverpool v Manchester United – Betting Tips

Liverpool have historically had the better of the Anfield clashes between these two clubs, including a 3-1 victory last season.

They will be heavily reliant upon Luis Suárez to find the net again, as he is the only player to net more than one goal for the Reds so far this campaign.

Despite Rooney hitting the back of the net 9 times already this season, they have shared the goals much better than most teams, with six players bagging more than one goal apiece.

The record books suggest that there will be goals in this game and so the Over 2.5 Goals (19/20 – bet365) looks the bet here.

Man Utd have started well all their games so far and are a side oozing goals (scored in all but two of their last 24 games) and so you could do worse than a small bet on a Man Utd HT / Draw FT result too (16/1 – Ladbrokes).

It’s worth noting that there have been four penalties in the last six meetings and if you fancy another this time round you can get 15/8 with Boylesports.

Liverpool v Manchester United – Match Stats

  • The last 10 matches between these 2 clubs have all produced a result with Man Utd winning 6 to Liverpool’s 4.
  • This is often a feisty affair, with 4 red cards being shown in the last 6 meetings.
  • Man Utd have scored 24 goals in the Premier League so far, compared to Liverpool’s 10.
  • Both sides have tended to start games well (Liverpool winning all 3 of their home games at HT, Man Utd winning 2 of 3 away games).
  • Liverpool have conceded in all of their home games so far.
  • Man Utd have scored first in all 7 games this season
  • Man Utd have only failed to score twice in their last 24 matches.
  • There have been 4 penalties in the last 5 meetings between these 2 sides.

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