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Nic Ladds 24th Oct 2009 - 12:31

Ghosts of the past could be back to haunt Liverpool

Rafa Benitez has had a nightmare few weeks and would love nothing more than to end this torture against Liverpool's deadly rivals Manchester United and they are 6/4 to do so.

Sir Alex Ferguson will be delighted that his United side travel to Anfield when they do as the 'crisis' word has been thrown around Liverpool a lot recently and his side could be at the top of a lot of punter's lists today at 6/4.

Should Liverpool lose, it will be the first time they have lost three league games in a row under Rafa Benitez, while it would be their fourth loss in a row altogether.

For those thinking that a draw would suit both sides at 11/5 you might be right but the just one of the Reds last 21 league games has been a draw, while United haven't drawn in 14 Premier League away games.

History may not be on the side of a stalemate but 0-0 does carry it's appeal at 7/1 when you consider there have been just six goals in the last five meetings at Anfield between these two, three of which came in their last meeting, so sticking with score like 1-0 to Liverpool at 13/2 or United at 6/1 look plausible as does 1-1 at 5/1 or 2-1 to the away side at 8/1 looks more realistic than a home win.

United of course will be wanting some revenge after being pummelled 4-1 at Old Trafford last year, and they won in Liverpool with Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres on the bench so if either or both of them don't start it may not be the end of the world.

If the Sunderland game is anything to go by though they will struggle without them and Andriy Voronin (15/2 to score first) and Dirk Kuyt (8/1) can't fill Torres' boots and the Spaniard and Gerrard are 5/1 and 7/1 respectively to score first.

United have their problems to with Wayne Rooney likely to be out, so Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov look the main threats at 6/1 and 7/1 respectively for first goal and, while the returns of Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra should give the Red Devils a big lift.

Should Owen be the one to put send Liverpool crashing to defeat, it will be one of the most painful defeats that Benitez and indeed Reds fans could suffer and with already public dismay and lack of support from the board for Rafa, he desperately needs three points to keep his managerial seat safe for at least another week.

Under two match goals at 2/1 looks a good bet, while a clean sheet to either side (21/10 for Liverpool, 15/8 United) could be worth a go depending on which side you fancy to be defensively sound for the 90 minutes.

This writer thinks that things are only going to get worse for Liverpool against a Man Utd side who are playing badly and winning so if they can click, Benitez's side are in trouble.

1-0 to the away side looks about right at the 6/1 on offer, while for a bit of fun a cruel score cast of Owen to score and United to win 1-0 would pay a healthy 22/1, and come Sunday evening, Rafa could be looking ahead to the Champions League clash with Lyon as a win or bust game.


Man Utd to win 1-0 - 6/1


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