Their team may not have ended their long wait for a Premier League title last season but Liverpool supporters will nevertheless have enjoyed their side having the upper hand so emphatically over rivals Manchester United, who endured a miserable campaign.
However, the tables look set to turn again this term, with Brendan Rodgers’s men looking a touch unconvincing and Louis van Gaal presiding over something of a United revival as the pair prepare to lock horns at Old Trafford.
Indeed, Manchester United are now just 1/7 with Skybet to finish above their Merseyside foes and bookies believe they can enhance their chances in that department this weekend, bet365 installing them as 4/5 favourites to get the better of the Reds, BetVictor’s 15/4 outsiders.
Stan James rate a stalemate at 13/5 but aided by home advantage and coming into the clash on the back of five straight victories, the hosts are very difficult to oppose, especially after Liverpool’s midweek Champions League exertions.
Nevertheless, a close encounter appears inevitable in light of the fact that all but two of United’s eight victories have been by one goal and they’re 3/1 at BetVictor to prevail by the same margin in this one.
Alternatively, bet365 mark 8/1 against van Gaal’s charges registering a third 2-1 triumph in four outings, it’s 4/1 (betway) for them to shade it following an even first period for the third successive game and Robin van Persie is 17/4 via Winner.com to follow his brace at Southampton on Monday with the opener here.
Leaders Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the campaign last weekend as they slipped up at Newcastle but Jose Mourinho’s side are bankers to bounce back as they welcome struggling Hull to Stamford Bridge.
Stan James chalk the Blues up at 1/5 to collect maximum points at the expense of the Tigers, they’re 8/11 (Paddy Power) to triumph ‘to nil’ and Skybet price Chelsea at 4/7 in the handicaps, when kicking off a goal in arrears.
The pressure is mounting on Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, whose team have taken just one point from their last eight matches and it could be about to go from bad to worse for the freefalling Foxes as they take on Man City.
The champions go to the King Power Stadium as Stan James’s 8/15 jollies and should justify that price but the home side can score (it’s 4/5 with betway for both teams to find the net) and a case can be made for William Hill’s 9/5 about Manuel Pellegrini’s troops sealing victory without keeping a clean sheet.
On a high having defeated Chelsea, Newcastle are just 4/9 (Paddy Power) to come right back down to earth by losing at Arsenal but the Magpies shouldn’t be written off and bet365 make them 18/5 to snare a respectable point in North London.
Another away team that can fare well are West Ham, a 7/4 shot courtesy of Skybet to emerge victorious at Sunderland while Stan James go 4/5 about a Southampton success at Burnley and BetVictor double those two up at almost 4/1.
Elsewhere, a Swansea and Tottenham stalemate is 12/5 (bet365), Ladbrokes make Crystal Palace and Stoke 9/4 to be inseparable and betway quote West Brom at 12/5 to share the spoils with neighbours Aston Villa. On Monday finally, Everton are 4/9 at Stan James to inflict yet another away defeat on QPR.
Man Utd to beat Liverpool by one – 3/1 (BetVictor)
Arsenal v Newcastle draw – 18/5 (bet365)
Southampton and West Ham double – 4/1 (BetVictor)
Man City to beat Leicester and both teams to score – 9/5 (William Hill)
West Brom and Aston Villa to draw – 12/5 (betway)