IF Barca-Real is the big game on the Continent there is no doubt match of the day in England on Sunday is Liverpool v Man United.
It will be a contrasting contest to that of the one at the Nou Camp but hopefully no less exciting between two fierce rivals.
For me it’s about what United team will turn up. If it’s the one that smashed Spurs 3-0 last weekend then Louis van Gaal’s men have a chance but if it’s the unit that struggled against sides such as Swansea and Preston recently then the points are staying at Anfield.
Liverpool are in fine form in the league and have a superb recent record at home to United with only one defeat in the previous seven but did lose 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season – although strangely they played well that day.
So while many people will take a draw here I’m siding with Liverpool and their dominance of the fixture and backing them at a best 23-20 with the likes of BetVictor. United are 37-13 at 888sport with the draw 5-2 at stalemate.
Both teams have scored in five of the last seven at Anfield and I like that at 3-4 with BetVictor.
Daniel Sturridge is 5-1 at BetVictor to score first and much has been said about Wayne Rooney netting just one career goal at Anfield and after his cracking solo effort against Spurs he is 7-1 at BetVictor and William Hill.
The Liverpool star who has impressed most of all recently is Philippe Coutinho and while he is 10-1 at William Hill to score first I’m risking him at 4-1 with Betway to net at any time.
Leaders Chelsea travel to Hull where they’ve won on two of their three previous tips. They are just 1-2 with Betfred and others but against a Hull side with one goal in three I’m tempted by the Blues at 23-20 to win to nil at BetVictor.
The other Premier League game sees QPR tackle Everton in a vital game for both sides. Everton defended like schoolboys at times as they went down 5-2 at Dynamo Kiev to crash out of the Europa League.
It’s a long way home and Roberto Martinez’s side have lost eight of their last nine away games in the Premier League and scored one goal in their last five on the road.
The stats are poor but the Toffees are also unbeaten in five meetings with Rangers. In the last two at Loftus Road it’s finished 1-1 and with the home men also lacking a cutting edge I’m on the draw at 5-2 with boylesports.
Here’s all the Sunday team news that may help you make your selections.
Hull v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Record signing Abel Hernandez is set to return to Hull’s starting line-up after the Tigers lost Nikica Jelavic for six weeks. The Croatian faces an extended spell on the sidelines after knee surgery and manager Steve Bruce is unlikely to be able to welcome back any of his other long-term injured stars. Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, James Chester and Robbie Brady are all unlikely to be risked while Tom Huddlestone is suspended after his sending off against Leicester last week.
Premier League leaders Chelsea have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from. Only John Obi Mikel (knee) is out with the midfielder likely to return to contention following the forthcoming international break. Blues manager Jose Mourinho says a few undisclosed players have knocks which should not keep them out of the match at the KC Stadium.
Last season: Hull 0 Chelsea 2; Chelsea 2 Hull 0.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Liverpool v Manchester United (1.30pm)
Midfielder Lucas Leiva’s fitness will be assessed. The Brazil international returned to training for Liverpool this week after a groin problem sustained six weeks ago but may not be ready to go straight into the squad. Striker Mario Balotelli has recovered from the bout of illness which saw him miss Monday’s win at Swansea.
Midfielder Angel di Maria is available having served a one-match suspension for his dismissal against Arsenal. Striker Robin van Persie is still out with an ankle problem and defender Jonny Evans is suspended. Left-back Luke Shaw (hamstring) and centre-half Marcos Rojo (groin) are doubts.
Last season: Man Utd 0 Liverpool 3; Liverpool 1 Man Utd 0.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
QPR v Everton (4pm)
QPR are hoping to have midfielder Joey Barton available. Barton, who has missed his team’s last three league games through suspension, sustained a knock in training and is doubtful for the encounter at Loftus Road. QPR coach Chris Ramsey will make a late decision on Barton while Mauricio Isla (knee) and Darnell Furlong (calf) are also doubts. Defender Richard Dunne and midfield pair Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin are all sidelined with knee injuries.
Midfielder Gareth Barry will have to drop out of the Everton team. Barry started the 5-2 Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night but he has one more game to serve on his two-match domestic suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards this season. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez remains without Kevin Mirallas (knock), Bryan Oviedo (hamstring), Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar (both knee) but reported no new injuries from the trip to Ukraine and Aiden McGeady (knee) will be in the squad along with Aaron Lennon, who was cup-tied in the Europa League.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
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