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25/09/2013 08:48, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: United v Liverpool

Date, time and coverage: Wednesday 25 September, kick-off 19:45 BST. The match will be shown live in Sky Sports 2 in the UK. You can also follow it via our live blog and MUTV’s radio commentary.

Form guide: United head into this Capital One Cup tie on the back of a 4-1 derby defeat to local rivals Manchester City, a result that halted all momentum gathered by two preceding wins over Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen. Similarly, Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in low spirits, having lost at home to Southampton on Saturday. The Merseysiders also have a disappointing record at the Theatre of Dreams, where they have won just once in 10 previous visits.

Ins and outs: Reds boss David Moyes does not think Robin van Persie will be fit enough to feature, though the Dutchman could return at the weekend. Phil Jones is also unavailable with an ankle injury, while Rafael is still recovering from a hamstring strain. Meanwhile, the visitors could welcome Luis Suarez back into the team now that his 10-game ban for violent conduct has been served. Coutinho is definitely out with a shoulder blow, as well as Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho.

Betting: Official partner bwin have priced United as slight favourites at 2.15 with Liverpool at 3.30 and the draw 3.25. And as this competition is generally seen as a breeding ground for young talent, there might be some value in the first goal-scorer market; why not back Adnan Januzaj at 13.50?

Last meeting: You’ve not forgotten already, have you? Earlier this month, despite controlling much of the game, the Reds were narrowly beaten by Daniel Sturridge’s

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