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Man Utd v Swansea: visitors face battle to stop United running riot

| 06.05.2012

Swansea’s Premier League status has been pretty much secured for some weeks now, but last weekend’s draw against Wolves has made it mathematically certain – and it’s just as well with a wounded Manchester United next in line.

Following their 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last weekend, United look like they’ll have to overhaul City’s superior goal difference – set to be at least nine if Roberto Mancini’s men see off Newcastle earlier in the day – if they are to win their 20th league title.

They may not be able to do it in this one game, but they will surely be looking to capitalise on a defence that shipped four against Wolves last week…

Match odds

United are unsurprisingly the huge favourites for this clash at 1/6 and it’s hard to see beyond anything other than a convincing win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

However, if you fancy taking a bit of a risk with your match bet, then the Swans are a massive 14/1 to pick up all three points – as long as they’ve been since their opening game of the season against table-toppers Man City.

They more than held their own against United at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat in which Scott Sinclair missed a sitter for the Welsh side.

A win for the Swans would represent one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history though so backing United looks the far more sensible option – even at such a short price.

Goal markets

Everything points to this being an absolute rout for United and the odds reflect this with over 2.5 goals available at a paltry 2/5.

However, there is some value to be found and backing over 3.5 goals is a very tempting 11/10.

Eight of United’s home Premier League games this season have yielded four or more goals and, with the hosts surely looking to batter the Swans into submission, backing another high-scoring game looks a punt well worth taking on – especially if Man City narrowly beat City earlier on Sunday.



Richard Anderson