Rash Rooney to make way for Liverpool Number 9
Liverpool v Manchester United
12:45 - live on Sky Sports 2
Wayne Rooney once again hit the headlines this week after his Beckham-esque kick-out against Montenegro. UEFA described the incident as an 'assault,' however unjustified that statement the punishment seemed fair and hard to argue against considering the sentence in the Premier League would have been the same.
With Wayne himself in the spotlight William Hill has decided to enhance the price from 6/4 for Rooney to receive a card anytime during the game at Anfield to 3/1. It's likely that he will be frustrated with his sentence not to mention the rivalry that exists between the two sides, Kenny Dalglish will undoubtedly have instructions for his men to get on top of the United number 10, all things considered the Match Winner looks a tempting market well worth a punt.
Saturday will be the first time that these rivals have met since Liverpool witnessed their record number of league titles surpassed by Manchester United, when they clinched their 19th title in 2010-11. Liverpool will be looking for revenge and go into the game well prepared with a fully fit squad and a returning captain in Steven Gerrard who will start his first league game since he was injured against United in March. Stevie G remains a strong influence in the Reds midfield and the returning England star has an added incentive for an opportunity to notch up his 50th Premier League goal at Anfield and he's (10/3) to score anytime.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to take the focus off his hot-headed talisman and get back on track with the clubs mission statement of closing the gap between themselves and Barcelona. So far this season they have taken 19 of an available 21 points and their brand of attacking football has seen them hold on to their favourites tag, (5/6), to win the Premier League. The big positive on their travel to Merseyside is the return of rock steady Rio Ferdinand (16/1 anytime goalscorer) and the possibility of a returning Nemanja Vidic (8/1 anytime goalscorer). If the partnership does make the starting line-up it could well be a hard day's work for Carroll and co. to make a dent in the score line.
Geordie Carroll (9/1 first goalscorer) is another to watch this weekend, up against a top side Fabio Capello and the rest of the nation will be looking to fill the void that Wayne Rooney (6/1 first goalscorer) has left for the three qualification games. With the likes of Darren Bent and Jermaine Defoe still competing for that responsibility, the young striker still has a bit to do before he can rightfully lead the England front-line. With Gerrard playing the supporting role and the fact that United's back-five is anything but established it seems a sensible option to be backing Carroll for anytime scorer at 2/1.
As always William Hill will be offering a huge range of markets on the 12:45 kick-off and for me the card markets are where the fun is to be had. There's value in the 35-55 total booking points markets at 11/5 when considering a yellow is valued at 10 points. The rivalry is fierce between the sides and a card in the first 30 minutes, in my mind, has a strong chance of occurring. A card in between the 1st to 15th Minute is 15/8 whilst one can get 29/20 on the 16th to 30th Minute. I would personally be covering both and hoping for a fiery start to guarantee a profit.
All in all many will be glad to see another instalment of a dull international interlude and a return to some really competitive Premier League football. The 12:45 kick-off looks to be the stand out fixture, so sit back, bet now, bet in-play and try and accumulate a stake for the rest of the weekend's football.