All eyes will be on Anfield this Saturday lunchtime when arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester United clash in what Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled the “biggest club game in the world”.
Liverpool v Manchester United Betting
The United boss believes the square off eclipses matches between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There is certainly no love lost between these two sides but it’s the reigning Champions who have to be the bet at general price of 2.5 to emerge victorious in what promises to be a titanic battle.
Ferguson’s young guns may have dropped their first points of the season when drawing away Stoke when last seen in premiership action, but before that they had been banging in goals for fun with wide margin victories over Spurs, Arsenal, Bolton and Chelsea.
They have played Liverpool 14 times in the last six seasons and have won on eight occasions. The only worrying stat is that if you take out the games at Old Trafford then you are left with two wins, a draw and four losses..
However the home side are about as easy to predict as the weather, and United are the strongest side, playing the best football and most importantly have the the most desire to win. They are unbeaten in 11 league and cup games so far this season – scoring 34 goals in the process – and unlike their opponents don’t rely or one or two players to bag goals.
However one surprising stat is that their talisman Wayne Rooney has failed to score in his last six visits to Anfield. That has surely got to change, and this is the ideal stage for him make the right sort of headlines following his sending off for England.
You can get 5.5 with Victor Chandler netting the opener and his 10th of the season. That looks fair value in my book.
Given that there has been at least one red card shown in six of the last 10 meetings between the two sides the 3.2 on offer with Paddy Power about another sending off could also looks worth a punt.
Chelsea v Everton Betting
Chelsea’s record against Everton is not the best, but they are unlikely to come unstuck against the Toffees in their clash at Stamford Bridge now that they are finding top gear.
The bookies make the Blues 1.36 shots to win, but the game is likely to be tighter than the odds suggest as they have won only one of their last nine Premier League meetings with David Moyes’ side – drawing six of the remaining eight encounters.
However Andres Villa-Boas side have won nine and lost none of their last 10 Premier League games at The Bridge and come into the game on the back of crushing wins over Swansea and Bolton.
At home the Londoners will be without Fernando Torres, who is serving the second instalment of his three-match ban, but in Didier Drogba have a striker who simply loves scoring against Everton.
He has netted in seven of his last nine PL matches against them, and that makes the standout 5 on offer with bet365 about him bagging the opener look a real bit of value. Victor Chandler go 2.05 him scoring anytime during the 90 minutes and that looks a cracking punt.
Arsenal v Sunderland Betting
Arsenal have a good record against Sunderland and with Robin van Persie on fire should have little difficulty of bagging three points and landing odds of 1.5 at the Emirates. They have won seven and drawn three of their 10 home Premier League matches against Steve Bruce’s men and the Black Cats have failed to score in their last three visit to the Emirates. However don’t expect a goal fest as there have only been 8 goals in the last seven Premiership games between the two sides.
The key to a gunner victory clearly lies with van Persie who has scored 21 goals in 24 Premier League games in 2011 and three in home appearances against Sunderland. The flying Dutchman a top priced 4.33 with bet365 and that surely has to be value given his current hot streak.
Given that Sunderland are not exactly a goal scoring outfit and Arsenal have managed to keep clean sheets in 9 of their last 13 games at the Emirates the 2.4 on offer with bet365 about the Gunners winning to nil also makes plenty of appeal in the punting department.
Manchester City v Aston Villa Betting
Manchester City are a top priced 1.36 to beat the Aston Villa s and it’s impossible to envisage anything but another victory for the Citizens as they bid to keep tabs on neighbours United.
Roberto Manicini’s men have won six and drawn once so far this season and have enough firepower up front to tear apart any defence – with or without Carlos Tevez.
They are also very solid at the back and had little difficulty in thrashing Blackburn 4-0 at Ewood Park when last seen in premiership action.
However rather than take the 1.36 about the win a better bet could be backing the second half to produce the most goals. City have scored more goals in the second half in 8 of their 11 games this season and you can get 2.1 with Stan James that the most goals come in the last 45 minutes. That has to be value.
For more betting odds, see the Soccerlens football betting page.