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Slightest of margins to decide the Liverpool v Man Utd game

| 15.09.2012

Liverpool prepare to host their best enemies in Man United and Brendan Rodgers’ men are desperate to record their maiden Premier League win this term.

A win for the hosts and fans will be willing to overlook Rodgers’ slow start to his Liverpool career, whereas defeat will see an enormous, express-delivered batch of pressure arrive at his door. It’s 17/10 that Liverpool topple Manchester rivals in this one and United’s recent record at Anfield is cause for optimism.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men haven’t won on the red half of Merseyside since the 2007/08 season and the Red Devils have looked anything but a solid unit on recent away trips.

However, Liverpool’s goal-shy forward line could be the exact opposition the flaky United backline need to face in order to rebuild some confidence and it’s not difficult to envisage them keeping the hosts at bay.

Prior to their current drought at Anfield, United had won three games from four by a 1-0 scoreline in front of the Liverpool fans and for this outcome to occur again, Ladbrokes are offering 8/1.

Liverpool’s toils in the final third offer excellent value to the 11/10 available for one or neither team to score, as well as United’s price of 5/2 to keep a clean sheet.

United’s recent away record provides encouragement to punters getting on these bets as, in six of their last seven games, only one side has beat the opposition goalkeeper, whereas United kept three teams from five off the scoresheet at the end of last term.

The games at Anfield are frequently cagey affairs, settled by the odd goal and a Man United victory by a one-goal margin offers good value to punters at 7/2.

A single goal has been the difference in three of United’s four wins this season, but its also been the deficit in their last five away-day defeats.

For Liverpool to pull off a single-goal victory then, as they did in the FA Cup fifth round last season, Ladbrokes are offering the same price.

Again, this represents great value because, given their previous performances this term, Liverpool are not going to be banging in the goals in this one. So, if they can muster that all-important first win, it’s likely to by a tight, single-goal job.

All odds and markets correct as of publication

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James Middleton