Man Utd v Liverpool 12:45 Sat
After both sides ran out draws against their respective top four opponents last weekend, Manchester United and Liverpool will both be keen to return to winning ways on Saturday in the day’s early kickoff as Paddy Power make Man Utd odds on favourites to take the three points.
Granted, United have had more experience with winning ways this season, however this top flight derby tends to disregard statistics completely and always makes for a thrilling encounter.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit against Chelsea last weekend and walked away from Stamford Bridge with a point following a second half turnaround.
Liverpool experienced a significantly less exciting draw against Tottenham on Monday but did well to keep out a powerful Spurs offence and shared the points with Harry Redknapp’s side.
Both sides have reason to be pleased with their results but will now look forward to this weekend’s fixture and while the two sides aren’t as tightly positioned as in previous seasons, the match represents bragging rights as well as a chance for table ascension.
Anything but a win for United will mean that the current Premier League champions risk falling even further behind league leaders Manchester City, who are currently two points clear at the top of the table and will travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.
After admitting that he should have handed the Mexican international a starting spot, Ferguson may decide to unleash Javier Hernandez from the first whistle this weekend and demote youngster Danny Welbeck to a bench spot.
Kenny Dalglish will be pleased that Luis Suarez made his Premier League return against Tottenham and could give the Uruguayan his first start for the club since he was suspended for alleged racism against Patrice Evra.
That encounter adds an extra bit of spice to the fixture and while we all hope to see some progression in the English game and its fight against racism, it will be interesting to see if we witness another ‘handshake debacle’ s we did when John Terry was scheduled to meet Anton Ferdinand after their feud.