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Bet Of The Day: Get Bettingpro.com’s best bet for Sunday, October 20

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (credit:Alfredo Falcone - Lapresse/Zuma Press/PA Images)

If you are planning on placing just one bet on sport today you ought to make it the best bet possible. Our expert tipsters have been pawing over their favourite sports to pick out the best one just for you, free of charge!

Today's Best Bet: Sunday, October 20


Leigh Copson: Back Liverpool to beat Manchester United & over 1.5 total goals @ 13/10 Paddy Power

Liverpool return from the international break with a 100% record having won each of their first eight games in the Premier League, but if they are to make it nine wins from nine games they are going to have to do something they have struggled to do over the past decade – beat Manchester United in the North West Derby. It sounds almost unbelievable, but the Merseyside giants have won only two of their last 12 meetings with the Red Devils and they have won just once at Old Trafford in the past 10 years – with that victory coming way back in March 2014 when they stormed to a 3-0 victory at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. So can they exorcise a few demons on Sunday?

Jurgen Klopp’s side make the short trip to Salford in fantastic shape thanks to their storming start to the season. Liverpool have reeled off eight straight victories to storm to the summit and while seeing them sit top of the table is not a massive surprise, the gap between themselves and Manchester City is. City have already slipped up three times this season, losing twice, and the Reds have taken full advantage to open up a commanding eight-point lead. They buckled when in a similar position last season though, so while it does feel like the title may well be Liverpool’s to lose, you have to wonder if they have the mettle to go all the way this time. One slightest slip-up could be the catalyst for a slump in form and it is safe to say the last place they want to slip up at is Old Trafford – the home of their fiercest rivals.

While Liverpool’s sights are fixed on the title, Manchester United’s immediate focus is just to get into the top half of the table. They have made a truly pathetic start to the season that has seen them win just two of their first eight games, lose three of them, score just nine goals and concede eight, and it is difficult to see where and how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can turn this around. They do boast one of the better defensive records in the league, but they lack a creative spark and the absence of an out-and-out goalscorer is evident because only six clubs have scored fewer Premier League goals this season – United have been out-scored by top-flight newcomers Aston Villa and Norwich City. A big derby win over Liverpool would certainly lift the doom and gloom surrounding the club right now, but right now not even the most ardent of supporters would predict their team upsetting Liverpool.

United have managed to take points off the Merseysiders in nine of their last 10 meetings, but much of that success came courtesy of Jose Mourinho’s ‘park the bus’ strategy that resulted in a string of low-scoring, dour draws. Solskjaer did lead his team to a shock 2-1 win over Liverpool during the ‘honeymoon period’ that was his caretaker reign, but it would not be unfair to say that Manchester United have regressed considerably since that date while Liverpool have gone from strength to strength. They are by far the better team and for that reason I do believe that you can throw history and recent records out of the window – Liverpool are a superior team and that should be clear for all to see on Sunday. Manchester United will try to keep things tight at the back and frustrate the visitors, but ultimately they will not be able to cope with the attacking onslaught that comes their way. Liverpool will find a breakthrough at some point and when they do there will be no way back for the home side.

The odds for an away win are decent enough when you consider how these two clubs have fared during the first eight rounds of fixtures, but I am looking for something a little bigger and there is bags of appeal in backing Liverpool to win & over 1.5 total goals. Over 1.5 Total Goals has been a winning bet on 10 of Liverpool’s 11 fixtures so far and while United have been woeful in front of goal, they have found the back of the net in all six of their competitive home fixtures. Factor in that Liverpool have conceded a few recently and it would not be a shock to see the home side aid the total goals tally here. However, when the final whistle blows it will be Liverpool who have scored the most to claim all three points and maintain their flawless record.

Today's Best Bet: Sunday, October 20



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