Sunday, March 23, 2008

Weekend Outlook (23 March 2008)

Manchester United vs Liverpool

"League wise, Benitez have not won against Fergie."
-Gary, 23 March 2008

I would say the match against Bolton was a one-sided affair and Man Utd could have scored more goals if Fergie have put a full-strength side. But he probably save the best for this weekend clash against Liverpool.

It was pointed out to me that the last 10 away games against the big 3, Liverpool scored 0 in 7 of them. Zero. Zilch. Korsong.

But im very hesitated to take Man Utd for the outright winner for this game as Liverpool have finally found the consistency in their games. Consistency? That word was not found in their dictionary over the last 3 seasons. But now, Benitez have found the right formation to complement Torres and Gerrard. The formation is 4-2-3-1. With 2 defensive midfielders in Javier Mascherano and Xavi Alonso, Steven Gerrard in the centre controlling the strings, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel running down the flanks and Torres the lone striker in front, it seem a perfect formation for Liverpool.

Consistency, form book and past matches are 3 different things. Past matches against Man Utd only yield a solitary win for Liverpool in the FA Cup in 2006. League wise, Benitez have not won against Fergie.

Somehow, just by watching this match is quite excited enough, without punting it lacks the extra edge. I would stay clear of this match as Liverpool can blow hot and cold as and when Benitez likes it.

Man Utd Team News: Edwin van der Sar is back. Rio Ferdinand is out with a back strain. Gary and Mikael Silvestre is still in the Reserves getting match fitness.

Liverpool Team News: Daniel Agger, Andriy Voronin and Steve Finnan are out with injuries.

Odds and Analysis: Man Utd giving 0.5 ball handicap. I give it a miss though im tempted to take Man Utd.

Disclaimer: This review is entirely on my own views and opinion. I didn’t point a gun at you to ask you to follow. If you want to bet on this game, do so at your own risk. Pls bet within limits. Good luck.


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