There’s only one Cristiano Ronaldo, and one might not be enough.
The great man’s torch is still burning so brightly that Manchester United will at least be able to see a way of beating Liverpool at Old Trafford today (4.30pm).
The 11/5 (Fred) for a United victory certainly catches the eye.
It’s a home-win price that rates this side – runners-up without Ron, five points above Liverpool, last season – as Europa class at best. Harsh.
It also seems to give no weight to United’s fit-again 12th man, 70,000-strong, who played a blinder against Atalanta in midweek.
The counterbalance is the defence. Four goals shipped at Leicester. It could easily have been four again on Wednesday.
And neither of those sides had Mo Salah. The form he’s in you’d quite fancy his new Madame Tussauds waxwork for an ‘anytime scorer’ tickle.
Punt the real Salah ‘anytime’ at 7/5.
Some stats point to the 13/1 (Paddy) ‘anytime’ Fabinho if he starts.
David Moyes reports this week that he’s been showing Tomas Soucek his old war wound. It’s battlefield bonding that will sound alarm bells for Tottenham fans (2pm).
West Ham star Soucek had his face sliced open at Everton last Sunday, but Moyesy is backing the big man to stay butch.
Not a word you’d traditionally associate with Spurs, who are looking thin-skinned at the back against aerial threat. Nibble the 16/1 (Bet365) Angelo Ogbonna ‘anytime’ if he starts.
Brentford have given punters a kick in the accas four times already this season by my count, with huge home results against Liverpool and Arsenal, and at Villa and West Ham.
You can’t rule out another notable scalp when Leicester roll up (2pm) after a Europa long-haul to Moscow.
Split an ‘anytime scorer’ stake on big Bees set-piece threats Christian Norgaard at 10/1 and Ethan Pinnock at 20/1 (both Paddy).
Over in Italy tonight, Inter Milan look well-placed to handle visitors Juventus (7.45pm) in Serie A – get on the Inter WIN at 11/10.
Last week: Winners at 2/1 and 6/5