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Man Utd vs Bolton: Fergie’s men can punish Coyle’s strugglers

| 14.01.2012

While few would argue that Manchester United have not been at their best so far this season, the fact remains that they sit just three points from the top of the Premier League just past the halfway stage.

United’s recent slip-ups at home to Blackburn and away to Newcastle have been uncharacteristic to say the least, but a side renowned for scorching post-Christmas form should have no problems seeing off Bolton at 1/6.

The visitors, a massive but understandable 16/1 to win at Old Trafford, have triumphed on each of their past two Premier League away trips, but remain in the relegation zone with a horrific goal difference of -18.

11/2 is the price attributed to a draw.

As Manchester United look certain to take advantage of their opponents’ defensive woes, which could get considerably worse in the aftermath of Gary Cahill’s imminent departure, the 1/2 on offer for the home side to win with three or more goals scored in the match looks nailed on.

It is the same price for Manchester United to win both halves.

Also, the game looks like a good opportunity for Javier Hernandez to end the most barren spell of his short career in English football so far.

Whilst ‘Chicharito’ may not start the game, he is likely to feature from the bench, and so the 11/4 on offer for him to score the last goal of the game could be worth looking at.

For a first goalscorer bet, punters could do worse than look to Wayne Rooney, who hit two in the weekend’s Manchester derby, and while short at 9/4, he hit a hat-trick in United’s 5-0 win in the reverse fixture, and has 13 Premier League goals so far this campaign.

Rooney is also 7/1 to do as he did in the Reebok Stadium fixture and hit a treble here, with Dimitar Berbatov, who has a hat-trick and a brace in his past two league games at Old Trafford, 12/1 to score three here.



John Klee