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Rupert Wyman 10th Feb 2012 - 15:49

It's United, you'll pay the penalty Liverpool

In the lunch-time clash on Saturday, Man Utd take on Liverpool in what is always a feisty affair. The Merseyside team will be desperate to take all three points after their stalemate against Spurs on Monday. The Man Utd win is 19/20, the draw is 21/10 and the away victory is 10/3.

Liverpool may have struggled in recent seasons but this is still a massive fixture for United. The fans despise each other and the hostility is usually picked up by the players.  Both teams have home grown stars and the likes of Carragher and Gerrard for Liverpool and Scholes for United, know how important the game is to the local community.

Man Utd look a big price at 19/20 considering that they have home advantage. However, Liverpool have won four of the last seven league games against Man Utd overall and they also beat the Red Devils in the FA Cup two weeks ago.

Liverpool to win draw no bet is 2/1 and you can back them to win or draw at 17/20. Dalglish is likely to have watched United play against Chelsea last week and he will realise that United are weak at the back.

Rio Ferdinand is not the player of old and Jonny Evans looks good amongst better players. Liverpool will play on the counter attack and they have some cracking attacking players. Gerrard has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances against United. He is 10/3 to score anytime in the match.

He also takes all the set-pieces and he is back to full fitness. Man Utd had two penalties against Chelsea last week and another two awarded to them, when they played Stoke. To the neutral, it probably appears that Man United have a twelfth man or they go down easily and that is probably correct.

Referees love awarding penalties against the opposition at Old Trafford and it is 10/3 for a penalty to be awarded and scored. The Match Winner is Liverpool's Gerard OR United's Rooney to score a penalty at 4/1.

Fergy admitted he made a mistake by not starting Hernandez against Chelsea last week. He has scored in the final ten minutes of the last two Premier League games against Man Utd. He is 5/1 to score the last goal of the game.

If we take a look at the card markets, a red card looks too short at 12/5 but Over 6 Cards at 8/5 looks a possibility. There is the potential feud on the pitch between Evra and Suarez, if it does heat over, there could be plenty of cards.

There were hat-tricks scored in both meetings in the league last season, Berbatov (40/1) for United at Old Trafford and Dirk Kuyt (100/1) for Liverpool at Anfield. The most likely player to score a hat-trick could be Rooney at 20/1.  He is a player for big occasions and as an Everton fan, he would love nothing more than sticking three goals past their arch-rivals.


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