Live on Skysports 1: Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Liverpool and Manchester United are 23/10 with to share the spoils at Anfield.
Liverpool’s slender hopes of gate-crashing the top four pretty much evaporated as they were beaten 3-1 at West Ham a week ago but Kenny Dalglish’s men still have a Europa League place to play for and in any case they need no further motivation for their next Premiership encounter, the small matter of Manchester United’s visit to Anfield.
The Reds would love nothing more than to hinder their rivals charge to the title, which already looks a little more precarious following the midweek defeat at Chelsea, but the hosts are 888Sport’s 15/8 outsiders for the points while Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are 13/8 with Betfred to come out on top and quote 23/10 for the spoils to be shared.
Given their absentees in defence, a point would probably satisfy the visitors who have only one realistic challenger for top spot in Arsenal, despite Tuesday’s result, and as the two haven’t drawn in a dozen meetings in all competitions, a stalemate in this fixture is perhaps due.
Subsequently a 1-1 scoreline at 11/2 with Partybets isn’t without appeal in what could be a low-scoring affair containing fewer than three goals (4/6, Totesport) and Liverpool’s solid home record strengthens the case for draw-related outcomes. In terms of goals meanwhile, Steven Gerrard notched twice in the corresponding league match at Old Trafford and in front of his own supporters, the Reds skipper is 10/3 (William Hill) to strike at any stage.
Punters willing to hang on for some team news however, could see Andy Carroll’s name added to the list of substitutes. Knowing that United will be vulnerable at the back without the imposing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, Dalglish is certain to throw the powerful striker in at some point if he is fit and he’s 23/10 at Stan James to find the net if he makes his debut.
Wolves are Ladbrokes 21/10 outsiders to see off Spurs at Molineux while the visitors are just 2.5 (6/4) with Betdaq. However, having already beaten Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City on their own patch this term, Mick McCarthy’s men have possibly been underestimated ahead of this one, especially after Tottenham were comprehensively beaten at Blackpool last time out and Wolves are worth considering ‘Draw No Bet’ at 11/10 with Paddy Power.