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Man Utd v Liverpool: The trends to follow in England’s ‘Classico’

| 14.03.2014

There’s little to choose in the betting between Manchester United and Liverpool, with the hosts 6/4 to beat the 9/5 visitors and the draw 12/5, but we at news.ladbrokes have dug up some belting bets based on the last few years of epic English ‘El Classicos’.

Man Utd to win by one goal @ 7/2

The last six renewals of this fixture have all been won by a single goal, with Liverpool taking two of those victories and United claiming the spoils on four occasions.

The last time more than three strikes were registered in a clash between these clubs was eight games ago, when Liverpool ran out 3-1 victors at Anfield, which suggests there’s value in the 9/20 odds on under 3.5 goals at Old Trafford.

Martin Skrtel to score at any time @ 12/1

Three of the last six matches between Man Utd and Liverpool have seen a defender get on the scoresheet, with Nemanja Vidic and Rafael registering for the Red Devils last season, while Daniel Agger got the Merseysiders off the mark at Anfield in the FA Cup back in January 2012.

Phil Jones may be worth a nibble to score first at 28/1, after the Preston native bagged the opener at West Brom last time out, but Skrtel’s struck four times in the Premier League already this term and gets our nod to notch at a tasty price.

Javier Hernandez to score the last goal @ 8/1

The Mexico international may not have featured prominently thus far under United boss David Moyes, and missed the match against West Brom through injury, but ‘the Little Pea’ has a cracking record against his side’s greatest foes.

Hernandez has scored three in his last six appearances against the Reds and each have been the last goal in their respective matches, with two of them struck after he came on as a substitute, so don’t be put off if the 25-year-old starts on the bench.

The sides to be level at half-time @ 27/20

Five of the last seven renewals of this fixture have seen the teams go into the break with nothing between them, and as neither side has shipped a Premier League strike so far this March, the 12/5 about there being no goals in the first half looks a nice price.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune