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Suarez & Evra: A line drawn

Suarez & Evra: A line drawn

All eyes will turn to Old Trafford on Sunday when Liverpool travel to bitter rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester United.

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This fixture is synonymous with controversy and promises to be a fiery encounter once again.

The North West tussle is only second to the Merseyside derby when it comes to red cards in the Premier League era.

Jonjo Shelvey was the unlucky recipient of his marching orders in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

This weekend's match is set to continue the tradition of questionable on-field decisions with Howard Webb charged with the refereeing duties.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men have a six-point buffer at the top of the table and are unbeaten in their last nine matches, winning eight and drawing away to Swansea.

Ferguson revealed that Anderson and Nani are set to return to the bench, while Phil Jones has also returned to training.

Former Evertonian Wayne Rooney has been ruled out for the visit from the Reds, having just returned to training after a knee injury.

The Merseysiders have been in inconsistent form in the league this term, but have seemingly struck a rich vein of form after their Boxing Day defeat to Stoke.

Brendan Rodgers's side bounced back from the 3-1 loss at the Britannia Stadium by thrashing both Queen's Park Ramgers and Sunderland by three goals to nil.

Fabio Borini has returned to training, but the weekend's trip comes too soon for the Italy international.

Jose Enrique is set to be sidelined until February with a hamstring injury, while Martin Kelly will miss the remainder of the season.

Rodgers could be tempted to go with a front-line of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, but the Ulsterman might opt to keep the in-form Stewart Downing in the starting XI.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, will undoubtedly go for the prolific Robin Van Persie up front, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young providing the support.

There could also be a place for Javier Hernandez, but the Mexico international will in all likelihood start off the bench.

Posted: 11/01/13 15:50

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