You have to go back 11 games in all competitions to find the last draw between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, meaning a positive result is the most likely outcome in the Capital One Cup.
It’s not often that the result of a domestic cup game can mean more to Manchester United than it does to Liverpool; such has been the former’s stranglehold on Premier League success, so desired by their great rivals.
However, in light of the unfamiliar scenario of having lost league ground to Liverpool with a 1-0 loss at Anfield already this season, all of a sudden this match takes on extra significance for the hosts.
Furthermore, having followed that result with a crushing Manchester derby defeat, circumstance breeds new-found importance into what is just a third-round Capital One Cup tie on paper.
The desperate need for United to come back from the doldrums of that loss at the Etihad Stadium alone may be enough to point punters in the direction of the host’s 6/5 price to win at Old Trafford.
However, when you consider the recent history of results in this great rivalry at Old Trafford the case for victory is bolstered even further, as it reads;11 games played, 10 wins for United and a remarkable 4-1 win by Liverpool in 2009, just the one exception to the rule.
Of course, the Luis Suarez factor has to be considered in Liverpool’s own quest for the win – priced up at 5/2 by Ladbrokes – as the Uruguayan will be fully pumped up after his extensive ban.
Although, just because Suarez will be desperate to make an impression, a ring-rusty display could turn out to be the more likely outcome.
Still, the 6/1 on Suarez to grab the first goal back, at Old Trafford, has a certain ring to it.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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