Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2013

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Manchester United host Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening hoping to make amends for their 1-0 Premier League defeat at Anfield earlier this month.

Both teams are coming off tough losses, with United losing 4-1 in embarrassing fashion to rivals Manchester City, while Liverpool were defeated 1-0 at home by Southampton. After winning their first three games in the Premier League, Liverpool have taken just a point from their last two

But which team will survive in the Capital One Cup? Let's find out. 

 

When: Wednesday, September 25 at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. BST)

Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Watch: beIN Sport; beIN Sport Play; Sky Sports 2; Sky Go

 

Key Storylines

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The main storyline in this game is a tale of two strikers.

Last season, Robin van Persie led the Premier League with 26 goals, while Luis Suarez was second with 23. On Wednesday, Van Persie will be out of commission due to a groin injury, while Suarez could make his season debut after serving a 10-game suspension.

Daniel Sturridge has been excellent for Liverpool, with six goals in six appearances across all competitions, so Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may opt to stick with him or pair the two forwards. 

With creative force Philippe Coutinho missing in action, Rodgers could insert Suarez to add some unpredictability to the attack. 

For United, recovering from their brutal loss to City is paramount. Keep an eye on Wayne Rooney, who has been superb this season, with four goals and three assists in five appearances across all competitions.

Shinji Kagawa, ignored by his manager but not forgotten by supporters and pundits alike, could also get a run.

 

Prediction

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Facing a Manchester United side trying to regain some self-respect after being drubbed by City and looking to avenge an earlier loss to Liverpool is no small task.

Without Van Persie the team loses a bit of its aura, but United is still very dangerous, especially at home.

The return of Suarez could be the difference, as his darting runs and impeccable finishing make him a threat to strike at any moment.

Still, Liverpool have struggled without Coutinho and are dealing with several knocks. United haven't been at their finest this season, but they'll find a way to move on in this tournament.

United wins, 2-1.

 

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