BEHIND THE LINES

Manchester United’s visit to Anfield is vitally important in the context of the club’s chase for its 19th league title. Sir Alex’s side are currently 8/11 for the trophy but should they slip up on Sunday, Arsenal will be in a great position going into the home straight.

Despite Liverpool’s shambolic display against West Ham, punters are siding with King Kenny, as we’ve seen United drift to 8/5 for the match. It’s a huge game for the Europa League-chasing Reds too and United have plenty of reason to fear a hostile atmosphere and the potential unveiling of a certain Andy Carroll.

Andrew Strauss has had to pick up the pieces after his team’s diabolical defeat to Ireland. We’ve been against England throughout the World Cup and cannot see them bouncing back to beat South Africa. This team look the real deal, with two of the best opening bowlers in the world and a strong batting line-up. South Africa are 4/7 now but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them shorten before Sunday.