Something for the weekend

  • By: Matt Briggs
  • Last Updated: March 10 2014, 9:46 GMT

In his regular Monday column, Matt Briggs seeks out the early football value with Liverpool fancied to see off Manchester United.

Suarez and Sturridge can cause more problems for Manchester United
Suarez and Sturridge can cause more problems for Manchester United

Manchester United v Liverpool

Liverpool will have had two weeks off by the time they line up against Manchester United on Sunday and the 19/10 about an away win at Old Trafford looks worth backing early.

The Reds have not had any European or domestic cup distractions recently and they will be solely focused on making it five home defeats for United, who defeated West Brom 3-0 last weekend.

That result hardly papered over the cracks for under-fire boss David Moyes and he will be feeling the heat more than ever if United come up short against title-challenging Liverpool.

And that looks distinctly possible when you consider United's woeful record against the better teams this season. They have only won two games against top half teams all season and only Crystal Palace have scored less goals against those sides.

With just 10 games to go that is a staggering statistic and it's hard to see it improving on Sunday.

Liverpool have won six of their 14 away games and inspired by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge they look more than a match for United. United's back four, who have been criticised all season, look primed for a tough afternoon against the SAS, whose speed and movement have made them almost unplayable at times this season.

The Reds were impressive last time out with a clinical 3-0 away win at Southampton and another similar showing will be enough to sink United.

Burnley v Leeds

I keep hearing people suggesting Burnley will fall away in the Championship promotion race, but the Clarets are still second and they look the real deal at 10/11 to beat Leeds.

Both sides are in action in midweek, but Turf Moor will host the pair on Saturday and the Lancashire side look well worth smashing into at a shade odds on. They earned an impressive 2-1 win at Blackburn on Sunday, but at home they have been taking teams apart and with 11 home wins and six draws from 17 games and I think they should be shorter against their Yorkshire foes.

They have undoubtedly got players like Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier heading for the top flight, whether with Burnley or not and they have been making their class tell at home all season.

Leeds, who were thumped 5-1 at home by Bolton on Saturday, have plenty of off-the-field distractions and their boss Brian McDermott might well be sailing close to the wind.

He's already been sacked once, before being reinstated, but their latest Elland Road defeat was damaging for his relationship with the fans and if he loses their backing then I reckon he could be a goner - and this time for good.

Their away record is bang average with eight defeats and I cannot see them upsetting Burnley's march for the Premier League and I can only see Burnley's price shortening up.

The Championship was a happy hunting ground last week with Barnsley's win over Forest (13/5) getting the column well into profit again for the week, while Wolves' steady march towards the Championship was also welcomed after they were advised at 11/8, so fingers crossed for the Clarets.

  • Posted at 0945 GMT on 10/03/2014.