Games between Manchester United and Liverpool are always competitive affairs and their Capital One Cup contest at Old Trafford will be no different even though the competition is probably last on the list of priorities for both teams.
The pair are likely to shuffle their respective packs but United boss David Moyes might be reluctant to make too many changes as he’ll be keen to bounce back from Sunday’s 4-1 derby humiliation against Manchester City.
Indeed a defeat against United’s other rivals, especially on home soil, will turn up the heat significantly on the Scot, who has already seen his charges beaten by their Merseyside foes once this term and there’s a feeling that the result is more important to the hosts than to Liverpool.
With that however, comes added pressure, so while the Premier League champions are William Hill’s 13/10 favourites to triumph in normal time, they make for no appeal in the circumstances.
However, it’s tough to get a handle on how United will react to Sunday’s result and as such, it’s hard to find a betting angle in terms of the match outcome so shrewd punters will probably seek value elsewhere.
However, it’s a specific scorer that gets the nod. At the time of writing, Brendan Rodgers hadn’t decided whether to unleash Luis Suarez now that the controversial Uruguayan has completed his suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, but the Reds boss must be hugely tempted to throw his star striker straight back into the mix, especially as the player himself, according to his manager is “chomping at the bit”.
Luis Suarez to score at any time – 2/1 (Stan James)