Stats: Liverpool vs United features a battle of in-form English strikers - who will score first?

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Who will win the post-match acclaim when Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck share turf on Sunday?

Manchester United go from one compelling Premier League encounter to another as, following on from their stalemate with title rivals Chelsea on Monday, David Moyes' men travel to hostile Anfield to take on North-West neighbours Liverpool on Sunday in a match that pits two of England's in-form forwards against each other.

Boasting a perfect ledger to date, Daniel Sturridge has participated in 180 minutes worth of action, returning two goals in an average of one goal converted per 90 minute game. This, on top of his passing accuracy of 75%, his strength with the ball at his feet, his general work-rate and his late flourish to pre-season having netted twice versus Newcastle United are all demonstrative of a player hitting peak form.

United will also have confidence in their strikers: Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, with the latter having already found the net twice, like Sturridge, albeit his two both came during the club's opening Premier League season game against Swansea City, a tie Moyes' side won by a 4-1 margin.

In 168 minutes worth of domestic action to date, Welbeck's two goals mean he converts once every 84 minutes on average, has a shooting accuracy of 60% (three on target, two off), has a greater pass accuracy than Sturridge (84%) and is more successful when it comes to his on-pitch tussels for the ball.

Both men are aware of the other, as Welbeck informed the official Manchester United website: 'I was with Sturridge at a Nike event and we were speaking about our goals, so I’m looking forward to playing against him at Anfield.

'I can’t wait for the game,' he added. 'Ever since I’ve been at the club, coming through the under-9s to 15s, 16s, youth team and reserves; no matter what the situation is, it’s massive.

'Obviously we’ll want to go there and win but it’s going to be another intense game and I think the whole club is really looking forward to it.'

Both strikers will have added reason to impress their respective managers.

For Sturridge, the 23-year-old is effectively in the last-chance-saloon at a big club having failed to secure regular football at Manchester City and Chelsea. He also only has four games left to shine in the sole striking spotlight while Luis Suarez sees out the remainder of his suspension.

Welbeck, meanwhile, will be hoping he can continue to capitalise on the ambiguity surrounding Wayne Rooney's first-team status.

Perhaps the question will not be who will score come Sunday but, rather, who will score first?

What do you think? Will Sturridge or Welbeck be more likely to get themselves on to the score-sheet on Sunday? Let us know in the comment section below!

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