United travel to Wales this weekend to take on Swansea, and although bookmakers make them long odds-on at a top priced 1.53 it promises to be a much tougher game than the odds suggest.
Swansea have conceded just one goal on home soil this season, fewer than any other Premier League team on their own ground, and are now on an unbeaten run of 13 (won 9, drawn four).
They comfortably beat Stoke and Bolton and their last game saw them grind out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
It’s clearly no gimme for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, but in truth an on-song United should prove too strong and come away with all three points.
They are now unbeaten in their last six PL away games – winning three and drawing three – and have kept clean sheets in their last four games in all competitions since the loss in the game which we won’t mention.
What is slightly worrying is that they have only scored one goal in four of their last five games in the league, however it doesn’t matter how many you score as long as you win and I am sure that the gaffer will settle for another 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Wayne Rooney is, as usual, favourite to open the scoring at 4.75 with bet365, but that looks plenty short enough and Chicharito and Valencia look better value in my eyes.
The former is a 5.5 chance, again with bet365, while the latter is a huge looking 15 with the same firm.
Given that I have already suggested that this will be a tight game – with a single goal for United hopefully settling the outcome – a wager on under 2.5 goals also looks worth a second glance.
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