The FA Cup takes centre stage in the footballing world this weekend and there is certainly no bigger tie than Liverpool v Man Utd this weekend. Man Utd have already knocked one rival out of the FA Cup but can they see off another on Saturday?
Man Utd have been quite well backed for this game already at the time of writing, they have been highlighted as one of the ValueChecker Steamers this weekend. Man Utd have shortened from 2.02 to 1.97 and that represents a change in average odds of 5%. Punters clearly feel that Man Utd have the extra bit of quality and that Liverpool might be tired after their midweek Carling Cup Semi Final against Man City.
Liverpool have started to score a few more goals in recent matches and one player who may have helped that goal haul is Dirk Kuyt who has been a key player in recent seasons for Liverpool in terms of scoring and setting up goals. According to the Liverpool ValueChecker wikis last season Kuyt scored thirteen goals and set up eight goals whilst the season before Kuyt played a hand in thirteen goals, either by scoring them or setting them up. If Kuyt is selected to start this match it might be wise to expect an extra goal or two.
Liverpool won’t want to concede the first goal of the match as they often have problems overturning an early deficit. Last season Liverpool conceded the first goal of the game ten times and they lost nine of those matches, the season before they conceded first in thirteen matches and ended up losing eleven of those matches. If you like to bet in running and Man Utd score first against Liverpool on Saturday it may be a good idea to back Man Utd to go on and win the game.
Man Utd have a good record against the better teams in the division according to the Man Utd ValueChecker wikis and that was a profitable pointer in the third round of the FA Cup when Man Utd beat the top team in the Premiership Man City. Last season Man Utd gained more points than any other team against eventual top half opposition, picking up 33 points and they gained the same total points against top half teams the season before.
Man Utd may go on to win this game but they could prove a smart bet to be drawing this game at half time. Last season Man Utd were only winning four away games (and drawing ten) at half time whilst the season before they were winning just six at half time and once again were drawing ten times against Premiership opposition at half time.
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