Live on SS1, 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45, 17.30 & Sun 13.30, 16.00: It’s 11/2 with Ladbrokes that Liverpool and Man United play out a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits his side aren’t realistic title contenders this season but the Reds are at least moving in the right direction and they’d like nothing more than to impact matters at the Premiership’s summit by beating Manchester United.
However, they’re Paddy Power’s 21/10 outsiders at Anfield, where the champions are 2.5 (6/4) with Betdaq to put one over on their bitter rivals and that’s a reflection of the flying start Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have made to the campaign.
Nevertheless, United weren’t at their fluent best at Stoke in their last away match and were somewhat fortunate to beat Norwich 2-0 a couple of weeks ago, so there’s every chance Kenny Dalglish’s charges could pick up a point, a result Skybet rate at 12/5. Alteratively, price the hosts at a tasty 11/10 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Ladbrokes offer odds of 11/2 for the inevitably high-tempo showdown to end one-each and although it’s odds-on at 4/6 with Sportingbet for both teams to find the net on Merseyside, it could take a while for the deadlock to be broken. Subsequently, Betfred’s even money for the first goal to arrive after the 27th minute catches the eye and that opener is an enticing 6/1 courtesy of Boylesports to be struck by Suarez.
If United drop points, then neighbours City will claim top spot with a victory against Aston Villa, a result Ladbrokes offer at 4/11 at Eastlands, where Stan James quote Roberto Mancini’s emphatic favourites at 20/23 to be in front at the end of each half and Totesport offer a 3-1 home win at 10/1.
Also at 1.36 (4/11) to pick up three points, this time via Betdaq, are third-placed Chelsea, who entertain Everton. Heading to Stamford Bridge on the back of consecutive 2-0 defeats, the Toffees’ lack of cutting edge could be their undoing and the hosts tempt at 11/10 with bet365 to prevail ‘to nil’.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is coming under increasing pressure following his side’s poor start to the season but it hasn’t exactly been plain-sailing for Arsenal either. Nevertheless, the Gunners have to be fancied at 4/9 (bet365) to grab a much-needed victory as the pair meet at the Emirates Stadium and Arsene Wenger’s troops are a 7/1 shot at Ladbrokes to strike twice without reply.
Elsewhere, unbeaten high-flyers Newcastle look overpriced at 2/1 (Partybets) as they welcome Spurs to St James’ Park, although Skybet’s 12/5 for the draw looks the best bet and Wigan and Bolton are 23/10 () to share the spoils at the DW Stadium.
In the Black Country derby, Partybets make West Brom and Wolves 12/5 to be inseparable, meanwhile, Boylesports chalk 5/4 against a Norwich triumph over Swansea, Totesport fancy Stoke, at 11/10, to see off Fulham and QPR are 10/11 with Stan James to bounce back from their 6-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, by beating Blackburn.
Liverpool and Manchester United to draw 1-1 – 11/2 (Ladbrokes)
First goal at Anfield after 27th minute – evens (Betfred)
Chelsea to beat Everton ‘to nil’ – 11/10 (bet365)
Newcastle and Tottenham to draw – 12/5 (Skybet)