Liverpool face old rivals Manchester United in the Premier League, in the first instalment of Super Sunday (1.30pm BST, Sept 23).
For Brendan Rodgers this is a must win game, as Liverpool are seventeenth and yet to record a win in the League.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his Liverpool side raise their game for the visit of their rivals. He has every reason to be optimistic as their best performance this season came in a 2-2 draw with defending champions Manchester City.
That was a game Liverpool should have won. Were it not for two defensive howlers from Pepe Reina and Daniel Agger they would have recorded a first victory of the season. When Rodgers took the job in the summer, he can’t have imagined that he would have to wait at least five games for his first win. After dealing with the Andy Carroll saga so poorly, he badly needs a home victory to get the Anfield faithful on his side.
This is a fixture in which they have enjoyed success in, in previous years. Despite drawing at home last year to United, Liverpool won the three previous meetings. They have not lost their old foes at home since 2007.
Liverpool’s problems so far this season have not been purely in one department, as they have failed to score enough goals and conceded far too many. Despite not including many first team regulars, Liverpool beat Young Boys Bern away from home this week in the Europa League.
Jonjo Shelvey scored twice as Liverpool came from 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, to eventually win 5-3. It will be interesting to see how many of those younger players are given a game against United, after impressing on the smaller stage. Raheem Sterling, who was selected in the England squad for the match against Ukraine, is likely to start and a lot is expected of the youngster.
Man Utd also picked up a win in midweek in Europe but despite beating Galatasaray 1-0 in the Champions League, they were far from impressive. They would have been held by the Turkish champions but for the intervention of the crossbar.
United have picked up three wins from their four matches so far, and are currently on a three game winning streak. Sounds good but the victories were against Southampton, Fulham and Wigan.
What will have pleased fans is the form of Robin Van Persie, who has continued on his prolific goal scoring run from last year. He scored a hat-trick against Saints, and with Wayne Rooney currently injured, his goals will be crucial to Alex Ferguson’s side.
Shinji Kagawa, United’s other major summer signing, has been terrific so far, and has wasted no time settling into the Premier League. The only slight worry for United is penalties as they have missed three in a row.
Liverpool v Man Utd Betting Tips Verdict
Despite not having won at Anfield since 2007, United will fancy their chances against a struggling Liverpool side. The home team must raise their game, and if they can produce the same football that they did against City, without the defensive howlers, then they should pick up at least a point. So my advised betting tips for this game are:
- The teams look closely matched. We anticipate a 1-1 draw, which can be backed on the correct score market @ 6/1 with BetVictor, Stan James, Ladbrokes and William Hill.
- It may not sound original, but the odds look good value: Van Persie to score first @ 5/1 with BetVictor, Stan James, Ladbrokes & Coral.