Whenever Manchester United and Liverpool play each other in the Premier League post-Christmas, one side are always looking to further their title intentions and the other merely hoping to derail them. No prizes for guessing which is which.
For the first time in a long time though, this season is different. In a massive reversal in fortunes between England’s two trophy-hording behemoths, it’s finally Liverpool’s turn to look down the table at a Man United side flapping around in seventh-placed obscurity.
While the Reds have surely been longer odds than 9/5 to win at Old Trafford before and done so, perhaps there has never been a better time to back them with confidence, over the 6/4 hosts or even the draw at 12/5.
Of course, when Daniel Sturridge’s fourth-minute goal condemned David Moyes to his first Premier League defeat of the season as the new United boss back in the reverse back in September, few could have predicted that would be the start of such a torrid campaign.
However, the champions have simply been too poor in too many games and even stranger still; it’s at Old Trafford where they have suffered most.
The Red Devils have the worst home record of the Premier League’s top eight, where they’ve lost four, drawn three times and only won six so far.
Although this is a derby, and all form is supposed to go out of the window, it is too hard to discard the formbook of the Premier League’s top scorers ahead of this Old Trafford clash.
Since swatting Everton aside 4-0, Liverpool’s run to the top of the form table has seen them draw, before recording four successive wins, which includes hammering Arsenal 5-1 and clinically seeing off Southampton 3-0 on their last away day.
A win here for the visitors and Chelsea will truly be looking over their shoulders.
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