13:30 on the first day of September 2013 (Bloody hell, Christmas is only just around the corner!) will see Man Utd take on Liverpool at Anfield. Unlike a fixture against teams bossed by bus parker, Jose Mourinho, this one never fails to entertain. This one promises to be a thriller with United maybe not setting the world on fire but looking very steady and Liverpool, as much as it pains me to say, looking in pretty decent form themselves. The scousers will look to lengthen Moyes’ search for a first win at Anfield and add to their solitary win acquired in the last seven league meetings between the two English giants.
Moyes seems to have settled on Ferdinand and Vidic as his centre back partnership and, in a game of this size, it’d be a big shock to see him split them up. Other than the already known injury to Rafael, which will probably see Phil Jones retain his place at right back, Moyes travels to Anfield with an otherwise healthy squad. Rooney looked good (not as good as the media made him out to be though) against Chelsea and will likely start with Welbeck possibly being the victim. The Mancunian had a great start to the season against Swansea, playing through the middle, but proved, as we all know, he’s not really capable of playing wide left so Giggs or Kagawa may occupy this spot.
Liverpool racked up a host of injuries last week. Kolo Toure looks very likely to miss out. Brendan Rogers will be hoping that Skertel recovers from a knee injury to partner Agger at the back. Old Trafford faithful, Luis Suarez, will occupy himself in the stands chewing on the arms of spectators sat next to him as he continues his six hundred game ban. Cissokho and Allen are also sidelined.
What They’re Saying
- David Moyes: It is a great game of football, with two fantastic football clubs.
- Rio Ferdinand (on the title race): I still see it being between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal going for that fourth spot.
- Glenn Johnson (on David Moyes’ Everton history): I’m sure the Liverpool fans will still see him as part of Everton so I’m sure to those families it will add a little more spice.
- United are seeking a fourth straight win against Liverpool – the last three all 2-1 victories.
- Liverpool are looking to win the first three games of a league campaign since 1994.
- Daniel Sturridge has scored eight in his last seven league outings.
- United have scored nine goals in their last two away league games.
Match Betting (odds provided by William Hill)
- United to win @19/10
- United to win 2-1 @10/1
- Van Persie to score first in a 2-1 win @55/1
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