Predicting the score at Old Trafford – why backing Liverpool and United to score makes sense

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Since the turn of the century, Liverpool have played Manchester United 37 times across all domestic competitions. In those 37 games, only three finished as draws, the last of which coming in October of the 2011/12 season. A one-all draw at Anfield, with Javier Hernández scoring late to cancel out Steven Gerrard’s second half goal. Jamie Carragher played the 90, that’s how long ago that was!

So its on to the 38th meeting between English football’s most successful duo, with Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford in the late kickoff on Saturday. Louis Van Gaal’s stumbling United side are surely there for the taking. Wayne Rooney may have bagged his 50th England goal during the week, but he remains profligate up top for the Red Devils, starved by his manager’s passion for possession over penetration.

Liverpool’s brilliant display against Arsenal in the 0-0 draw at the Emirates the other week highlighted a new-found resilience in Brendan Rodgers’ men, and he will be optimistic ahead of the trip to Manchester.

Captain Jordan Henderson has had ample time to overcome a foot injury that has kept him out of action for the past few games – one of the benefits of the international break – and to increase the good feeling around the camp, one Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training after his hip surgery. It’s been reported that the United game will come too soon, but we can always dream…

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The chances of a draw, considering the history, are slim. But then, like London buses, we might get two in a row! No-one likes a stalemate, unless you play The Football Pools. With them, draws mean cash!

Every week, for just £1, players are invited to choose ten matches from a list of 49 weekend matches, with the aim of picking the games that will end in a score draw. Hit an 8/10 from the games picked, and you could win a life changing amount of money! There’s also smaller prizes available if you’re close, so a couple of upsets won’t completely ruin your chances.

The Football Pools operate on a points system. Three points for a score draw, two for a goalless draw, and one point for either a home or an away win. Points are added up over the weekend from your eight best selections, with different cash prizes for different milestones reached. Hit that 24 mark (eight score draws), and you could be in the big bucks.

The Football Pools are also offering the first four games for free when you choose to play by Direct Debit. With an account, there’ll also be no scrabbling to claim winnings each week, with all money you win being transferred into your bank account. You’ll also be able to shoot straight in and sort your picks all week, and if you miss the deadline, the match numbers picked last time around go through automatically!

So if you reckon its high time for a Man Utd v Liverpool match to end in a draw, make sure you get the most out of it by signing up with The Football Pools. Imagine if you didn’t. It’d be like missing out on the lottery!