One way traffic?
Sky Bet punters are lumping heavily on a Man Utd win ahead of Liverpool's short trip down the M62.
By Jamie Casey - Twitter: @skyjamiecasey
Last Updated: 13/01/13 1:35pm
Sky Bet punters are lumping heavily on a Manchester United win ahead of Liverpool's short trip down the M62 to Old Trafford on Super Sunday.
United, backed nearly four times more than the visitors, are odds-on (5/6) favourites to claim the three points, having won their last three games on the trot, scoring 10 goals in the process.
Having lost on every visit to United's patch since their unforgettable 4-1 success in 2009, Liverpool's price at 3/1 has proved a little too short for the more reserved punter, but plenty see value in Luis Suarez to score first at 6/1.
Unsurprisingly, only outstanding candidate Robin van Persie (7/2 favourite) has received more backing to bag first, but Sky Bet will offer an industry-best price of 9/2 that both players get on the scoresheet at any time during the game.
Suarez often revels in any cauldron of loathing towards him and nowhere more so than Old Trafford, where he scored in last season's controversial 2-1 defeat - he's 10/1 to score a brace this time around.
Patrice Evra, incidentally, is 28/1 to open the scoring and a tempting 9/1 to add to his seasonal tally of four goals at any time.
The Reds now boast extra firepower following the acquisition of Daniel Sturridge, but whether boss Brendan Rodgers is willing to hand the January buy from Chelsea a full league debut in Old Trafford is far from certain - he's 8/1 to score last.
As for the difficult correct score market, Sir Alex Ferguson's men to run out 3-2 winners is a popular choice at 20/1, with punters all too aware that United's leaky defence this season has so often been eclipsed by their reliable strike-force.
Thus, there's been no shortage of backing on Liverpool half-time United full-time at a potentially lucrative 25/1.
After events at Old Trafford, all eyes will switch to the Emirates, where Manchester City will be hoping to at least match anything United can manage as they travel to Arsenal.
The Gunners are slight favourites at 6/4, but the pre-match money has been placed at a steady rate on Manchester City at 13/8, with Carlos Tevez the punter's choice at 9/2 to open the scoring.