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Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks – Rooney fires United to revenge win over Liverpool

Posted by Todd Shale on 3/18/2010 4:14:25 PM
Soccer odds – Pick Man Utd -177

Manchester United is still the online betting favorite to come away with the English title this year, but standings don’t even matter when Liverpool comes to town. Liverpool is riding a wave of three straight wins over United, including a big win in Manchester last year, but their road form this year has been horrible, and United will pounce on them with another big game from their star striker.

Liverpool vs Man Utd betting odds: Man Utd
  • What: Soccer betting
  • When: Sunday, March 21, 9:30 AM ET
  • Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  • Key Stat: Man United has won three and lost one of their last four meetings with Liverpool at home

The Storyline: Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks

You don’t need much reason to watch this match, other than it’s one of the biggest derbies in world soccer, and arguably the biggest rivalry in England. United leads Chelsea by two points atop the table, but the Blues have a game in hand. Liverpool is one point behind Tottenham for the final Champions League spot in the Premiership, but they still have a crucial Europa League match up to play on Thursday, when they’ll welcome Lille to Anfield trailing by a score of 1-0 from the first leg in France. Meanwhile, United have been able to rest, and they’ll want revenge for three straight losses to their bitter rival, including a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford last season.

Offensive Matchups: Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks

Liverpool’s attack broke out in a 4-1 beating of Portsmouth at home on Monday, but it was Portsmouth, so Liverpool fans shouldn’t jump for joy just yet. Fernando Torres had his first two-goal game since since a hat trick against Hull City back in September, but injury is always a worry. Steven Gerrard has been trying to get forward more, and Maxi Rodriguez has been playing well as of late. Liverpool has long looked for someone to pair with Gerrard and Torres in attack, and Rodriguez is a tricky winger who can score as well as pass. He’ll have to help Liverpool on the road: only 12 of their 49 goals have come away from Anfield.

United has scored seven goals in their last two matches, four against AC Milan in the Champions League, and three in a 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday. Wayne Rooney has scored four of those goals, and he’s now scored in nine of his last 11 games, counting four multi-goal games over that time for a total of 16 goals. Rooney is garnering steam for the World Cup, and England will be lucky to have him. Dimitar Berbatov added a goal and an assist against Fulham, and Nani has been in fine form as well. Ryan Giggs also may be back from a broken arm.

Betting Edge: Man Utd

Defensive Matchups: Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks

Liverpool hasn’t kept a clean sheet in their last five matches, allowing momentary lapses of concentration to seep into their system. Daniel Agger has improved alongside Jamie Carragher in the middle of the defense, but the fullbacks can be attacked. Pepe Reina has had a solid year in goal for Liverpool.

United has kept a clean sheet in three straight matches, and it’s no coincidence that Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are healthy again, for the most part. These two were the key to United’s defense last year, and injuries have kept them on the sideline for a better part of the year. Edwin van der Sar is still a top-notch keeper at 39 years old, but look for Liverpool to go at the right side, where Gary Neville has lost a step.

Betting Edge: Even

Notable Injuries: Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks

Fabio Aurelio (thigh) may be ready for this game, but he won’t impact Liverpool’s sportsbook odds.

United still have injuries at the back with Rafael (calf), Jonny Evans (knee), Wes Brown (foot) and John O’Shea (thigh) all out. Giggs (arm) may be back, but Owen Hargreaves (knee), Michael Owen (hamstring) and Anderson (knee) are all out as well.

Betting Edge: Liverpool

Totals: Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks

Seven of the last 10 meetings between these two have gone under the posted total, but those three “over” games have come in the last four meetings. Look for this to be a wide-open game, and with Rooney and Torres on the pitch, they only need half-chances to put the ball in the back of the net.

Pick: Over 2.5 +111

Betting Prediction: Liverpool vs Man Utd Picks

United comes into this match as a -177 favorite, while Liverpool is listed at +466, and a draw comes in at +286. United has been on fire at Old Trafford this year with a 13-1-1 mark at home, outscoring the opposition 42-8. Liverpool is 4-4-7 away from Anfield with 12 goals scored and 19 goals against, and they’ve been held scoreless in their last two away matches. United has been in rampant form, and while Rooney hasn’t been that good against Liverpool in his career, he’ll be eager to put the screws to his twice-over rival (Rooney came through the Everton academy, sharing the same town as Liverpool).

Todd’s Pick: Man Utd -177

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