Manchester United vs. Liverpool: 5 Bold Predictions for the Derby

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIJanuary 11, 2013

Manchester United vs. Liverpool: 5 Bold Predictions for the Derby

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    The greatest football match in England is merely days away.

    Liverpool will travel away to play Manchester United in perhaps the most keenly anticipated game of the season on Sunday, and here on Bleacher Report we decided to put in some bold predictions for the derby.

    To cut to the chase, here are five bold predictions for what promises to be a highly entertaining match.

Daniel Sturridge Will Play His First Premier League Game for Liverpool

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    Daniel Sturridge will finally become a Red on Sunday.

    Of course, officially, Sturridge became a Liverpool player weeks ago, but he isn't a true Red until he plays his first Premier League game.

    Although the derby is of extreme importance to both clubs, Brendan Rodgers will be keen to utilise Sturridge and see what he is able to do against supreme opposition.

    In all likelihood, Sturridge will come off the bench rather than start the match, but the 23-year-old will still finally make a bow in the Red shirt.

The Teams Will Play out a High-Scoring Draw

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    Manchester United usually play thrilling, high-scoring, end-to-end matches in the Premier League, and this match should be no different.

    The Red Devils' defence will struggle to cope with Liverpool's attackers and will likely concede a goal or two. But United supporters needn't worry, for their forward line should also be able to find the back of the net a couple of times.

    All in all, if I were a betting man, I'd bet on a high-scoring draw.

    United 2, Liverpool 2, perhaps?

Luis Suarez Will Score...

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    Even though the Manchester United defenders will probably focus their attention on stifling Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan should be able to get away with at least a goal.

    His tally of 15 league goals is matched and surpassed only by United striker Robin van Persie. And more often than not, you can expect Suarez to score.

    The Uruguayan will definitely make his presence known, even if he fails to score—which I sincerely doubt.

...But so Will Javier Hernandez

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    Wayne Rooney will miss the Sunday clash with Liverpool, and in all probability, Javier Hernandez will be the man who will replace him in the starting lineup.

    The Mexico international will be trying to prove his worth to Sir Alex Ferguson, who has often overlooked the forward this season. With defenders focusing their attention on van Persie, Chicharito should provide a good attacking threat for the Red Devils.

    Chicharito will do everything to finish off his chances and will eventually get on the score sheet.

Steven Gerrard Will Win the Man of the Match Award

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    The old Steven Gerrard is coming back, according to the player himself.

    Indeed, the Liverpool captain has performed surprisingly well in the last couple of games, and if he can replicate that kind of form against United, Sir Alex could be in a huge problem.

    Gerrard will be behind his teammates 100 percent. Expect him to up his game for this match and maybe notch an assist or two as he battles for and ultimately wins the Man of the Match award.