Today’s Premier League picks are all about Manchester United’s trip to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime. So, without further ado…
The Uruguayan appears to have put his past controversies – outrageous handballs and the occasional gnashing of teeth at opponents – behind him, and is fast making a name for himself as one of the top flight’s top forwards. With four goals in seven league games for Liverpool so far this term, anything over evens represents value.
The Tipster is confident that there is good value here. There have been nine goals in Liverpool’s three home games this season – with two of those encounters featuring over 2.5 goals (the other finished 1-1 and included a missed penalty). Meanwhile, United’s three away games have produced 10 goals – two were over 2.5 and the other finished 1-1. And if that wasn’t convincing enough, both league games between the sides last season finished with over 2.5 goals.
The 25-year-old striker has netted nine goals in six outings for United this season, scoring in five separate games. And although his last goal at Anfield came way back in January 2005, Rooney will be desperate to score against a team he has publicly slated in the past. The England forward, who was handed a three-match international ban by Uefa yesterday following his red card against Montenegro, is also likely to be on penalty duty at Anfield.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men benefited from 12 own goals in 2009-10 but there were just two in their favour last season – and there has been one so far this term. United’s last three own goals have come away from Old Trafford and Jamie Carragher, who found the net twice for United at Anfield in 1999-00, boasts the all-time record for the most own goals. Liverpool themselves benefited from just one own goal last season – at Anfield against Fulham – but with United looking a little more shaky than usual at the back, and David De Gea likely to face his toughest test yet, mistakes are very possible and 7/1 may well be worth a punt.
Two hat-tricks were scored in this fixture last season. At Old Trafford, Dimitar Berbatov hit a sublime treble in a 3-2 win – and Dirk Kuyt proved the hero for The Reds in a 3-1 victory at Anfield. Looking the most likely this season is Rooney (25/1), who has already hit two hat-tricks this season – that’s one every three games so far. And our speculative long-range effort for this week is SuÃ¡rez (40/1) to bag his first Liverpool treble.
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