Manchester United vs Liverpool 03/16/2014 Free Premier league Soccer Pick and Preview
Manchester United (14-6-8) Liverpool (18-5-5)
Sunday 16th March 2014 13:30(GMT)
The Line: Manchester United 6/4 Draw 5/2 Liverpool 15/8 See the Latest Odds
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One of the games of the year for both teams probably even bigger than their respective derbies against Everton and Manchester City. The two most successful teams in English football Manchester United and Liverpool have built up a bitter rivalry over the years and when they meet on Sunday morning it will be the first time in almost twenty five years that Liverpool are the team challenging for the title and Manchester United are the team in mid table. Old Trafford will be loud, very loud on Sunday as the Manchester United fans will be hoping that this game can be the kickstart of a huge week for United where they will play greek side Olympiakos on Wednesday and then host Manchester City the following week. Three bigger games in a week dont often happen for clubs and this one is massive, David Moyes knows the pressure is mounting but an impressive win against West Brom last week showed that there is signs of life in this Manchester United team. With Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Januzai there is more than enough talent in this United team to win all three games but there is no doubt Liverpool are the form team. Will pride become a factor for United players in particular? Can they raise their game?
Liverpool have been terrific this season , the inform team in the league if Liverpool can win in Old Trafford today they will close the gap to 4 points on Chelsea with a game in hand. A real title challenge is emerging from Liverpool and Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been the catalysts for the reds. With Brendan Rodgers at the helm Liverpool have improved alot this season, Philip Couthino, Stephen Gerrard and Jordan Henderson have been an excellant midfield trifecta and this is where Liverpool's most obvious strength advantage will be. Liverpool's midfield must dominate if they are going to win in Old Trafford as I think Liverpool's defence is too porous to count on.
Terrific match up on Sunday morning, I am taking goals here. I know these games often end up being 1-0 type of games as there is often alot of tension and tightness in games that have so much meaning for both teams. But in this game I think we have two defences that have struggled alot this season. Manchester United have two of the best strikers in football in Rooney and RVP and the same with Liverpool with Suarez and Sturridge. For me the pace of the latter two will cause United alot of problems but I expect United to get on the scoresheet a couple of times. The atmosphere for this game should be really special today and I think this will be a great game for the neutral to enjoy. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo