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The Battle of Reds This Sunday

Manchester United vs Liverpool
Sunday | 19 September 2010 | KO:13:30 | Old Trafford

One of the highlights of the English Premier League calender awaits us on Sunday afternoon. Manchester United v Liverpool at Old Trafford nearly always produces plenty of drama

United have won both their Premier League home games 3-0 with first Newcastle and then West Ham being on the receiving end. Away from home they have thrown valuable points away at Fulham and Everton by conceding late goals. The surrender of a 3-1 lead at Goodison Park last week was as dramatic as they come though Fulham had also pegged United back to 2-2 in their previous away game.

Liverpool have been pretty average so far in my opinion and they had goalkeeper Pepe Reina to thank for the point they took from Birmingham last Sunday. Although its early days in the new season, their away form spanning the end of the last campaign as well must be coming a real concern; their only away win in the last 11 league games came at Burnley.

Both sides were in European action in midweek, United drew 0-0 with a defensively minded Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday whilst Liverpool played Steaua Bucharest at home on Thursday prior to this preview being published. Two extra days recovery is certainly in United's favour.

On the team news front, Joe Cole is available for Liverpool after suspension. Manchester United made an incredible 10 changes for their game with Rangers where an in form Berbatov never even made the bench, presumably Ferguson had this game in mind when picking the team. Expect a full strength starting line up this time around though Valencia could be out for the season after suffering a horrific ankle injury against Rangers.

The head to heads make interesting reading.

March 2010 Man United 2-1 Liverpool

October 2009 Liverpool 2-0 Man United

March 2009 Man United 1-4 Liverpool

September 2008 Liverpool 2-1 Man United

March 2008 Man United 3-0 Liverpool's

Dec 2007 Liverpool 0-1 Man United

March 2007 Liverpool 0-1 Man United

October 2006 Man United 2-0 Liverpool

There has been a number of red cards in those games, 6 in total including 1 for each side in last seasons game at Anfield.

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