No matter what the context, a meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool is a fixture to stir fires in bellies.
But never mind all that, how do we go about turning a profit from the televised Sunday afternoon Premier League clash?
As luck (and careful research) would have it, here at news.bwin.com/en/ we’ve endeavoured to dig up some punting gold dust on the first renewal between the old foes in 2014/15.
A repeat of last season’s uncharacteristic 3-0 Old Trafford defeat looks a mile off for Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils, currently revelling in a five-match winning streak.
Meanwhile, Liverpool arrive disconsolate after Champions-League ejection and the odds reflect the two teams’ varying fortunes.
United are given 83/100 favouritism by bwin, while Brendan Rodgers’ visitors are deemed 13/4 outsiders for the points and the draw comes in at 5/2.
However, having turned over plenty of stones in search of more appealing odds, here are three bets based on trends which may just appeal more:
Both teams to score @ 57/100
All three of last season’s results bucked an overriding trend of both teams finding the net, but then that was no ordinary season.
The preceding six clashes and ten of the last 12 in fact, had seen both the 13-time Premier League champions and their rivals score.
Given the sides have only kept four clean sheets apiece in 15 league matches this term, a return to this pattern looks particularly likely.
Manchester United to win 2-1 @ 29/4
This result is the most prevalent in Premier League clashes between the sides occurring seven times overall since 2002/03.
Given it is the Old Trafford side who carry the best form, another narrow win seems highly likely.
Robin van Persie to score anytime @ 17/4
You don’t have to be an anorak-clad trend-spotter to pick out United’s in-form striker RVP to score in this game.
However, his nack of scoring late and bagging home and away in this fixture during his debut title-winning campaign for United (in 2-1 wins) also suggests this is a beauty.