Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’s insists his “remarkable” side can finish second in the Premier League and given their current momentum you wouldn’t put it past the in-form Reds, who will climb into the Champions League places if they get the better of bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield.
Paddy Power have installed the Merseyside outfit as 23/20 favourites to rack up a sixth straight league victory while the visitors will kick-off as BetVictor’s 14/5 outsiders and it’s 5/2 with Stan James to finish all square.
As the teams are separated by just a couple of points that stalemate quote is set to attract cash, alongside Ladbrokes’s 7/2 about a score draw and Winner.com’s 6/1 about the mouth watering showdown ending one-apiece.
However, in recent years this is a match-up that has tended to prove conclusive, indeed the pair have only been inseparable twice in 35 meetings across all competitions, and that statistic suggests there could be a winner.
As United have managed just four victories on the road this term, they don’t look likely to make the short journey back up the East Lancashire Road in possession of a maximum haul and subsequently the hosts get the nod in what should be a frantic but tight affair.
Rodgers’s charges are a generous 3/1 (Skybet) to edge it by a one-goal margin and defending impressively at present, Liverpool are 15/2 courtesy of bet365 to register a second consecutive 1-0 success.
Leaders Chelsea could only draw with Southampton, but they still possess a six-point lead at the Premier League summit and have played a game less than nearest challengers Manchester United so the result wasn’t exactly a disaster for Jose Mourinho’s side.
They should return to winning ways this weekend too, William Hill rating the Blues at just 1/2 to get the better of struggling Hull at the KC Stadium, where BetVictor offer 6/5 about them defeating their goal-shy hosts ‘to nil’. Back amongst the goals last Sunday meanwhile, following a seven-match barren spell, Diego Costa is 7/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock.
Arsenal can tighten their grip on a top four berth, Ladbrokes ranking them at 7/10 to overhaul Newcastle on Tyneside and their North London rivals Tottenham are 6/10 (William Hill) to enhance their own Champions League chances at the expense of Leicester. Fresh from that impressive draw at Chelsea, William Hill’s 4/9 chances Southampton can also prevail, this time against Burnley and Saints combine with the Gunners and Spurs in a tempting treble at 14/5 (BetVictor).
Elsewhere, Hills quote Dick Advocaat at 17/20 to make a losing start as Sunderland boss as they visit West Ham, Paddy Power price revitalised Aston Villa at 6/4 to register a home win against Swansea and at 5/4 via Stan James, Everton are the pick at QPR. The best stalemate bet on the coupon finally, comes at the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke are 9/4 (bet365) to share the spoils with Crystal Palace.
Southampton, Arsenal and Tottenham treble – 14/5 (BetVictor)
Liverpool to beat Man Utd by one – 3/1 (Skybet)
Diego Costa to score first -7/2 (bet365)
West Ham and Aston Villa double – 18/5 (Hills)