Man Utd v Liverpool: Suarez unlikely to change outcome
Luis Suarez made a low-key return to action in midweek with a boot to the stomach of Scott Parker and you can get odds of 7/1 for him to score at any time against Manchester United, although it could be considered equally likely for the striker to receive his marching orders from referee Phil Dowd.
Whether it be from the start or a cameo off the bench, the stage is set for the much-loved Uruguayan to give Manchester United fans fresh reason to despise him.
Kenny Dalglish’s side dumped The Red Devils out of the FA Cup just a fortnight ago but Liverpool tend not to fare so well at Old Trafford, where they have lost all but one of their last eight visits.
Granted, it was an emphatic 4-1 win, but this Liverpool side look light years from repeating those heroics.
They have won just two of their last eight in the league and a goalless draw at home to Spurs gave little indication that the tide is about to turn.
Even Suarez couldn’t provide the ammunition on Monday and a record of 14 goals in 12 away contests makes uncomfortable reading.
It is 16/5 that Liverpool beat Manchester United, with the hosts certainly looking a big price at 5/6 to triumph.
Liverpool might be draw specialists in front of the Kop, but it’s best to steer clear of the draw for this one. This fixture hasn’t ended all square since a 1-1 stalemate in March 2000 and only one of Manchester United’s 12 league games at Old Trafford this campaign have finished in a share of the spoils.
The half-time market tells a different story, with five of Liverpool’s last six in all competitions all square at the interval.
A draw at half time with Manchester United ahead at the final whistle is on offer at 7/2 in the Premier League odds.
But don’t bank on Manchester United keeping a clean sheet, a feat they have only managed twice in eight matches in all competitions. Of even more concern, Ferguson’s side have conceded three on three separate occasions during this period.
With that in mind, all but one of Manchester United’s last ten games has seen over 2.5 goals and so a price of 5/6 looks good value.