Liverpool vs Manchester United 09/01/2013 Free Soccer Pick and Preview
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Sunday 1st September 2013 13:30(GMT)
The Line: Liverpool 13/8 Draw 9/4 Manchester United 9/5 See the Latest Odds
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Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, is a shrine to Liverpool fans and a ground that will be anything but welcoming to Manchester United on Sunday. Liverpool have started the Premier League season well, with two wins from two, two clean sheets and some good football thrown in to boot. Manager Brendan Rodgers will look to the experienced club captain Stephen Gerrard to lead by example against Liverpool's greatest rivals, with the youth and energy of Henderson, Coutihno, and Sturridge, Liverpool will have plenty of running in their legs. But to beat Manchester United, the team will need more than energy and youthful exuberance. Cool heads under pressure and taking their chances will be vital, Liverpool have struggled to put the ball in the net thus far and tomorrow they will face one of the best defences in the League. Sturridge's pace will be the key to getting behind United's rearguard and look for Couthino to try to pull the strings from behind Sturridge and in front of a midfield quartet that will include Henderson, Gerrard and Lucas. The midweek injury to Kolo Toure will be a big blow to Liverpool, as the former Arsenal& Manchester City man has been terrific since signing for the Reds in the summer.
Last weekend saw Manchester United host Chelsea in what was anticipated as the clash of the weekend, but the game turned into something of a damp squid affair as Chelsea came to Old Trafford to play a containing game and started with no recognized striker. That, though, is Chelsea and Jose Mourhino. Manchester United will arrive in Liverpool with the best striker in the Premier League in Robin Van Persie and I think he will be partnered with Wayne Rooney, who appears to have settled his own problems with the club due to the huge support he recieved from the Manchester United fans last weekend. Rooney looked sharp and put in a huge effort over the 90 minutes. Danny Wellbeck may very well lose out to Rooney and move to the bench with Moyes, I think, going with a 4-4-2 formation. United at the back with Captain Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and keeper David De Gea will be very hard to beat. Sturridge's pace will present some problems, no doubt about it, but I think this United team have shown an ability to deal with the kinds of problems they faced over the last couple of years. This will be the first game Manchester United will face Liverpool in the David Moyes era and given that Moyes was Everton manager for so long, I'm sure there will be no love lost with the Liverpool fans, who are almost guaranteed to give Moyes and United a very hostile reception.
This weekend see's some of the toughest games I've come across to handicap and or find value in and this game in particular is so hard to call. Having watched all the games this far in the year, though, I have gotten the impression that while Liverpool have improved, they are lacking a top quality finisher and I'm sure they will be delighted when Luis Suarez returns from his biting suspension. Manchester United, on the other hand, have the best player in the league up front for them in Robin Van Persie, with Wayne Rooney playing in behind and, with the bit between his teeth, I cant help but feel that we have to take Manchester United here at the huge price of 9/5. For those looking for a solid "safe" bet, though, Manchester United are evens to win in the draw no bet market and I think that represents superb value. For those looking for a little more gamble, take Manchester United to get the outright win at 9/5. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo