The last time Manchester United faced Liverpool, we actually contemplated digging the paint out of the shed and lashing it on to one of the walls in the kitchen just to watch it dry. Reports suggest one Paddy Power employee voluntary turned it off with 10 minutes to go in favour of the Mrs Brown’s Boys Movie. Another rang his Nan, despite the fact she died eight years ago. Such was the mind-numbing boredom inflicted upon us in 90 minutes of truly awful football.
But don’t let that 0-0 ruin your Sunday, because surely it means we’re due goals now? And with that positive attitude we’ve taken a look at who is worth backing to find the onion bag at Old Trafford.
While most punters will be latching onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the big Swede knocked in nine goals in nine league games, and others plump for the returning Philippe Coutinho, we’ve actually got a 5/1 anytime scorer who might be worth a squeak.
The players in the above graphic not only make up a very handy five-a-side team, they are also the most profitable players from Liverpool and Man Utd if you put £10 on them to score anytime every week this season.
Now, with Sadio Mane away at the African Cup of Nations and doubts over whether or not Daley Blind will get the nod in United’s starting XI, our eyes are drawn to German midfielder Emre Can.
Can has scored three times this season already, away to Crystal Palace (7/1 anytime), at home to Watford (5/1), and away to Bournemouth (7/2) in that epic seven-goal thriller. He would have pocketed loyal Can-backers £40 in profit this season and can more than double that if he finds the onion bag at anytime at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Adam Lallana is also profitable and is a 9/2 punt to get a goal, while Juan Mata is 7/2 to score against Liverpool yet again after his spectacular scissor kick at Anfield decided the tie last season.