Live on Skysports 1, 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30, Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Liverpool and Man United are 9/4 (Coral) to draw on Sunday.
Liverpool’s slender hopes of gate-crashing the Premier League top four pretty much evaporated as they were beaten 3-1 at West Ham at the weekend 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 but they’re 888Sport’s 15/8 outsiders for the points while Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are 6/4 with Stan James to come out on top and Coral quote 9/4 for the spoils to be shared.
The latter would probably suit the visitors who have only one realistic challenger for top spot in Arsenal, despite Tuesday’s loss at Chelsea, 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, ) 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.
Arsenal can keep the pressure on United by becoming the fifth team in a row to beat Sunderland, a result Betdaq rate at 1.5 (1/2). Sceptics may suggest that the Gunners will have more than half an eye on Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Barcelona but the Black Cats aren’t in decent enough shape at present to capitalise and Arsene Wenger’s charges are 12/5 courtesy of bet365 to shade it by one.
At the bottom, Birmingham and West Brom’s St Andrews showdown is an enticing 12/5 (Stan James) to be fourth successive Baggies match to finish all square. The last two of those stalemates ended one-each and this one is 11/2 with Ladbrokes to follow suit, while Betfred price the derby contest’s goal tally at 4/6 to be lower than three.
Wolves are Totesport’s 2/1 outsiders to see off Spurs at Molineux but having already beaten Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City on their own patch this term, Mick McCarthy’s men have possibly been underestimated and they’re worth considering ‘Draw No Bet’ at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere, Roberto Mancini’s City, at 1.4 (2/5) with Betdaq, should get the better of Wigan at Eastlands, West Ham are 13/10 with William Hill to ease their relegation worries by sending Stoke home empty-handed and Stan James’ 11/8 chances, Bolton should register a home win at Aston Villa’s expense.
Betfred meanwhile, price Fulham at 4/5 to overcome Blackburn at Craven Cottage, Newcastle and Everton are 9/4 with bet365 to be inseparable at St James’ Park and in Monday’s televised encounter at Bloomfield Road, Paddy Power post 2/5 against a Chelsea victory as Carlo Ancelotti’s charges take on Blackpool.