Liverpool – Manchester United Betting Preview: Backing goals at both ends

Paddy Power will refund losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets if this match finishes as a draw

Without doubt, a super Sunday is in store in the Premier League this weekend, with Arsenal’s match against Manchester City preceeded by the most traditional rivalry in the county; Liverpool against Manchester United.

The Merseysiders produced arguably their best performance of the season so far by holding champions City to a 2-2 draw and will be hoping to raise their game once more against their illustrious rivals.

A first home win of the season for Liverpool can be backed at 9/5 (2.80) , while United, who have struggled away from Old Trafford so far, are offered at 8/5 (2.60) and the draw is priced
at 11/5 (3.20).

The last 10 meetings in league and cup between these two sides have been extremely tight, with five wins to Liverpool, four to United and a solitary draw.

With both sides desperate to win given the passionate rivalry between the two sides, there seems to be one bet above all others that stands out; both teams to score at 4/6 (1.67) and although not the biggest price in the world should provide punters with some profit.

This bet has paid out in eight of the last 10 meetings between the two sides, as well as proving the correct selection in four of Liverpool’s last five matches in all competitions.

If both teams look likely to score, then there could be money made in the goalscorer market, and if the match ends in a draw, Paddy Power will refund any losing first-scorer bets.

To this end, the price of 4/1 (5.00) on Robin van Persie scoring first looks tempting, given the excellent scoring start made by Dutchman in a United shirt.

For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard loves the big occasion and there can be no bigger game than face United at Anfield.

The England captain is available at 9/1 (10.00) to net first, but perhaps a better option is to back him to score at any time priced at 16/5 (4.20).

Given his ability to prosper from free kicks, penalties and open play he remains a constant goal threat despite his 32 years.

Paddy Power will refund losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets if this match finishes as a draw

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.

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