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Time gentleman please, Manchester United take on Liverpool in crunch clash

Saturday 13th December 2014
Gary Neville may have bizarrely belittled this fixture by labelling it a "pub match", but there's no question that the spicy encounter remains the fiercest rivalry in English football.

Manchester United v Liverpool always gets the pulses racing and tongues wagging, no matter the circumstance or competition, and Sunday's crunch clash at Old Trafford will be no different.

In contrast to the previous encounter nine months ago, it's United who have all the momentum, having rocketed up to 3rd in the table - for the first time since August 2013 - after stringing together a five game winning streak. Louis van Gaal's troops may not have won many people over through their style of play - something which was clearly evident against Southampton - but the fact is that they are churning out wins once again, and they now head into the weekend's match as the odds-on 5/6 favourites with William Hill to make it six on the spin.

Meanwhile Liverpool are in disarray after they were booted out of the Champions League by FC Basel. The dismal draw capped what has been an atrocious season for Brendan Rodgers' men, who have frustratingly failed to get anywhere near the dizzying heights of the previous campaign. A meagre tally of just 21 after 15 games is their fourth lowest in Premier League history, leaving the Merseyside outfit priced out at 15/4 with Bet Victor to get back to winning ways at Old Trafford, while a draw can be found at 14/5 with the same bookmaker.

The Red Devils will be desperate to avenge last season's humiliating 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford. United had previously won their last four consecutive league games at home to their rivals, but March's shattering defeat was a hammering blow, with David Moyes was sent packing shortly after. However, the circumstances are completely different this time around and the hosts look a decent bet at 13/4 to win and both times to score, while a fourth 2-1 win in their last six clashes with the Reds is worth checking out at 8/1 with Bet Victor.

United not only have the winning run, but a rejuvenated striker in Robin van Persie, who grabbed a ruthless brace against the Saints. The Dutch hitman has bagged six goals in his last nine league appearances against Liverpool, making him a decent bet at 7/5 with Betfair to net anytime on Sunday, while he can be backed at 7/4 to score in a United win for the third time in four games.

However, United have a swarm of other players in their ranks who have the ability to influence the game, including skipper Wayne Rooney who is priced at 13/30 to score, and 9/2 to be crowned man of the match. Meanwhile Juan Mata, who has scored four league goals from just five shots on target this season, catches the eye at 11/4 to get his name on the scoresheet.

Liverpool may have completed the double last term, but on current form it is difficult to envision the club making it three league wins in a row against United. However, as long as Steven Gerrard is in their ranks they will always have a chance. The Reds skipper, who bagged a brace of penalties in the last encounter, has scored more goals as an away player at Old Trafford than any other player in Premier League history (5), and he looks a tempting bet at 4/1 with Bet365 to add to that tally this weekend.

Manchester United v Liverpool Tips

  • Robin van Persie to score anytime @ 7/5 with Betfair

  • 2-3 goals @ 23/20 with Bet Victor

  • Wayne Rooney Man of the Match @ 9/2 with Paddy Power

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Jack Kitson
Massive Southampton fan, loving being back in the Premier League but cannot get enough football to feed my addiction.

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