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Stuart Dalgleish 20th Mar 2010 - 19:32

United to put Liverpool in their place

Manchester United have lost their last three games against Liverpool but that run should come to an end at lunchtime on Sunday.

The Red Devils (7/10) have been absolutely sensational recently and that's in no small part to the form of Wayne Rooney (3/1 first goal).

The England international has hit an incredible 33 goals this season (25 in the league) and will fancy his chances of breaking his old mate Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 42 from a couple of seasons ago.

He's got at least 10 games to do it in and the form he's on you'd have to say he's got every chance, however he hasn't had much success against Liverpool (4/1) recently having not scored against his supposed most hated team in nine matches since notching a winner five seasons ago at Anfield.

He and his colleagues though surely will have too much for the stuttering Reds on Sunday.

Rafael Benitez's team might well have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League during the week, but their Premier League form is very inconsistent and away from home in particular they're becoming a soft touch.

They've only scored one league goal away from Anfield this year, which was five games ago, and have just four wins from 15 on the road this season - all a far cry from last season when they pushed Man Utd so close in the title race thanks to their away results.

With Tottenham, Man City and Aston Villa all still fighting hard for that final Champions League place, they really need to start not just scoring but picking up points on the road or it could be curtains for Benitez come the end of the season, even if they end up with a European trophy to show for their efforts.

Sir Alex Ferguson's team have no such worries on the trophy front, having bagged the Carling Cup a couple of weeks ago (the 34th of Ferguson's reign), they'll hope it'll be the first of a treble as they are looking in fine fettle in Europe and, as ever, are in the top two of the Premier League, it makes it all the more incredible that their FA Cup run was ended at the hands of League 1 side Leeds United.

The injury front looks good for United too, as they welcome back a trio of key players to the fold; Jonny Evans (33/1 first goal), Rafael (33/1) and Ryan Giggs (9/1) are all back for the run-in after lay-offs and Owen Hargreaves played in the reserves midweek, this game will come too soon for the England man though.

The hosts won't be able to call upon the services of quite a few other players though, Michael Owen is out for the season and Wes Brown, Anderson and John O'Shea are all unavailable.

For Liverpool, Alberto Aquilani (25/1 first goal) missed the game against Lille on Thursday and is struggling to make this match after a bug, Martin Skrtel and Fabio Aurelio, who scored at Old Trafford last season, are both injured and haven't travelled with the squad.

Fernando Torres (11/2 first goal) is slowly but surely making his way back to full fitness, and always seems to enjoy these big games having scored in his last two games against United, the Spaniard's form is vital for Liverpool for the end of the season as Steven Gerrard (8/1) doesn't look at his best to me at the minute.

Someone who doesn't enjoy these games though is Nemanja Vidic (20/1 first goal), who's been sent off in his last three games against the Scousers, he personally is 14/1 to get his marching orders again while any player to be shown a red card is a 5/2 shot, not a bad bet when you consider that it's happened six times in the last six meetings between the two sides.

It promises to be another cracking match between these great rivals, but I'm going to go for a comfortable home win, 2-0 is priced at 13/2, while United minus a goal is attractive at 15/8.

Considering The Red Devils have won their last seven Premier League home games in a row, scoring 26 without conceding their price of 7/10 looks incredible, the draw is a 13/5 shot while Rafa's team are 4/1 to make it a fourth straight win against the three-times consecutive Premier League champions.

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