The degree to which any meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool can ever really be described as a friendly is a debatable and their International Champions Trophy clash is unlikely to be any different.
With players on both sides sure to seize upon one of the last chances to impress their respective managers ahead of the new campaign, Miami’s set for a Sun Life Stadium sizzler.
United are price-boosted 23/20 favourites for victory in the wake of their 3-1 success over Real Madrid last time out, with Liverpool 21/10 to grab the summer bragging rights and the stalemate longest of all at 23/10.
The Old Trafford side’s unbeaten pre-season and their need for revenge in the wake of last season’s 3-0 loss at Anfield makes them worthy jollies for this pre-season pot, but here’s three bets at longer odds that we like that little bit more.
Man Utd to win the first half @ 31/20
Louis van Gaal has favoured a full-tilt first 45 in each of the matches under his stewardship so far, waiting until the second half in order to begin ringing the changes.
His charges’ noses have been in front come the oranges in three of those four run-outs, with only Internazionale failing to bend to the United will.
Their foes, on the other hand, have netted just twice in the opening stanza across their six friendlies to date this summer.
Liverpool to score the last goal @ 5/4
Anfield’s finest have made a habit of netting late during pre-season, harvesting five of their seven goals in the final 45.
United have struck just once after half-time across their last three friendlies against top-level adversaries despite notching five times overall.
Either side to win by a single goal @ 27/20
Ten of the last 12 meetings between our adversaries have been decided by a solitary goal.