Soccer Picks & Tips: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 29, 2013 2:06 PM GMT

Days after a draw with Chelsea, the Red Devils face another immense challenge at Anfield. We offer our free socccer picks and tips in this classic matchup, as we are expecting an exciting match for both fans and sports bettors alike.

Odds Overview

Here's the rundown of the soccer betting odds for Sunday's mega tilt at Anfield: the Reds are +145 at home to win, while the Red Devils are +165. Then you can find a draw at +225.

Do you think we'll see a low-scoring affair or a plethora of goals this weekend? The OVER 2.5 goals is trading at -120, with the UNDER at -110. Let's dive into these numbers, as we hope to uncover an edge worth exploiting with our soccer picks.

Liverpool

A win's a win, but a costly one it was during the week.

The Reds seemed to be in cruise control after taking a 2-0 lead in the first half of Tuesday's Capital One Cup match against Notts County. Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge both scored on fine efforts and Liverpool was bossing the game.

Then everything changed. The Reds failed to put the match away and Notts County was able to equalize in stunning fashion to force an extra period. Liverpool actually had to play a man down after an injury to Kolo Toure, but thankfully Sturridge and Jordan Henderson were there to put the game out of reach and put Brendan Rodgers' team into the next round.

Toure's injury is a blow, but he wasn't the only one to go down. Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen also had to leave, so all of a sudden Rodgers has some concerning situations to deal with.

Now Liverpool has to regroup and rest up for this huge battle with United. It's been a good start for the Reds in terms of domestic play (six points out of six), but this showdown will really show us where they're at.

Manchester United

The Red Devils kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a rather drab 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

It seemed as if both sides were trying not to lose rather than trying to win, resulting in a match that wasn't exactly the most entertaining 90 minutes of soccer.

One big positive to take from the draw was the performance of Wayne Rooney. Despite the constant rumors of him leaving for Chelsea, Rooney proved how much of a professional he is by putting in a great shift against the Blues.

It's almost certain that Rooney will stay with the club for the foreseeable future, at least until the next transfer window opens. United stood strong in their desire to keep their star around and it's worked out in their favor.

Will Rooney make the starting XI again this Sunday? That remains to be seen, but he certainly endeared himself to the Red Devils supporters with his showing against Chelsea.

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Premier League Pick

Each of last season's Premier League meetings ended in a 2-1 victory for Manchester United. Van Persie scored in both wins and will obviously be crucial to the cause at Anfield this weekend.

While Liverpool has looked much better in the early stages of this season than they did last year, we can't help but feel their thinning defensive options will come back to bite them against Van Persie and company.

Not having Toure out there will be a massive blow, as he had been a tremendous presence in the middle of the back-line. And with Luis Suarez still out, we just feel as if United will have more weapons out there on Sunday, and that they'll be able to leave Merseyside with the three points.

Pick: Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2