Premier League Tips & Predictions: Manchester United vs. Liverpool

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 6:51 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 6:51 PM GMT

The Reds are rounding into form just in time for a crunch clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Obviously Ferguson's men are the favourites, but we've come to expect the unexpected.


Odds Overview

A United win is trading at 5/7 at the minute, with Liverpool given a reasonable chance at 15/4. A draw is quoted at a price of 14/5. Keep tracking the live premier league odds at SBRodds.com.

For the 2.5 goals total, the OVER is receiving most of the love at 10/17. If you're a daring man and feel as if defense will rule the day, consider adding the UNDER to your Premier League picks at 13/10.

Liverpool

Well it certainly wasn't pretty, but the Reds managed to escape with a 2-1 win over Conference side Mansfield Town in the third round of the F.A. Cup.

It didn't take long for new boy Daniel Sturridge, signed from Chelsea during the transfer window, to make his mark. He scored within eight minutes to put the Reds up early, with Luis Suarez then scoring a highly controversial goal to make it 2-0. Mansfield got on the score-sheet to make things interesting, but the two-goal deficit proved too much to overcome.

Liverpool has now won three games in a row, having beaten QPR 3-0 and Sunderland 3-0 in the league. Suarez contributed a brace in each victory.

Those two wins have put the Reds in eighth place and only seven points back of the top four. This fixture in Manchester is therefore of utmost importance.

Tired legs shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, considering Suarez played only 30 minutes and Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina were all given the day off. We'll see if it ends up making a difference.

Manchester United

The Red Devils could sympathize with Liverpool, as they had their own set of troubles in their cup tie.

An unlikely James Collins double had put West Ham ahead 2-1 (after a lovely early goal from Tom Cleverley), but Robin Van Persie again came to the rescue. He expertly took down a sublime pass from Ryan Giggs and then slotted the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen with his right foot. 

That little piece of brilliance earned a replay for United, and you have to like their chances of getting the job done back at Old Trafford.

In terms of league performance, the Red Devils are right where they want to be. They've outright won 17 of 21 matches and are currently seven points ahead of Manchester City.

RVP, who leads the Premier League with 16 goals, will be hoping to add to his tally this weekend, which is especially necessary with Wayne Rooney still sidelined. Rooney, who has played in more of a supporting role this term, leads the side with seven assists in domestic play.

Premier League Pick

Rooney made a massive difference in last season's domestic clashes against Liverpool, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win in Manchester. At least RVP is around to make things all right.

The other meeting ended in a 1-1 draw at Anfield, and over the years we've come to expect this rivalry to produce some scintillating matches. This Sunday should be no different, with both teams in great form.

Thing is, Liverpool have looked much stronger in the center of the park these days, with Gerrard playing some world-class stuff and Lucas coming right back in and not skipping a beat. That type of quality in midfield should help give the Reds a legitimate shot at getting at least a point. 

Premier League Picks: Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1

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