Moyes Manchester United visit Liverpool on Super Sunday
Liverpool have the rare luxury these days of actually looking down on Manchester United when their fierce rivals visit Anfield tomorrow and captain Steven Gerrard will be more than determined than anyone to keep it that way.
Gerrard has scored four times in the last six Reds’ clashes, including in the two most recent home encounters. Coral go 5/1 that he nets at any time tomorrow (12/1 that he scores first or last) and those are tempting odds about a player who never looks more delighted than when sticking one past a United goalkeeper.
Boasting a 100% record after narrow wins at home to Stoke and away at Aston Villa, Liverpool lie joint second in the Premiership table, a point behind Chelsea (who have played a game more) and two places in front of United, who dropped points against the early leaders last Monday.
A third straight victory might well be enough to take Liverpool top this weekend and that will provide extra motivation for Brendan Rogers’ team, not that they will need any against their old adversaries.
Needless to say, Liverpool and their fans are always up for this match big time and United’s 2-1 win last season was their first at Anfield in five years. It’s normally a feisty affair, too – don’t be surprised if there’s a red card somewhere along the line.
Luis Suarez is still sitting out his ban, but Daniel Sturridge (6/1 to score first, 7/4 at any time) has been another impressive focal point up front and a natural goalscorer, too. Good news for Liverpool and good news for England.
United played out a rare 0-0 against Chelsea and it was a pretty cagey affair throughout, but there were slightly unusual circumstances (the Mourinho factor) and their performance shouldn’t be taken as an indication of a less adventurous strategy under new management
Even so, David Moyes will be keen to add to his squad before the transfer window closes on Monday and the area he is looking to strengthen is in the creative midfield department. In the meantime, he may well give Shinji Kagawa his first start of the season – the Japan star has been on the bench for the opening two games, but showed last season that he has the quality to change a tight game.
More likely, however, Robin Van Persie will again prove the difference if United are to win and the Dutchman is 9/2 to score first for United (6/5 at any time).
This is sure to be a tight, tense affair with no quarter given and it’s unlikely to be a goal fest. Coral go 24/5 a draw at half time and Liverpool to win at full time and that makes some appeal, as does a 1-0 scoreline (9/1), but this is not a game to call with any confidence.
Written by Jon Freeman