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Man United v Sunderland: Red Devils to condemn Mackems

| 14.12.2012

Manchester United have not lost a league match to Sunderland for 15 years, and in light of that fact, are a short 2/9 to beat the Mackems this weekend.

That massive winless run for Sunderland spans 20 games, and given that their last win over United came on their own turf, only the brave will invest in the 11/1 Mackems on Saturday.

Indeed, it would be a courageous move to even back the draw at 5/1 here, although the travellers have recorded two stalemates against the Red Devils in the last six meetings.

Perhaps more notable though, is the fact that United have failed to concede against their Wearside opponents in the past five encounters between the pair.

Even with their well-documented defensive frailties this term, the hosts seem appealing prospects to keep that run going with a clean sheet here at 5/6.

They can alternatively be backed at 11/10 to win the game without conceding, as was the case the last time Sir Alex Ferguson’s side competed in the league at Old Trafford.

And a punt on a 1-0 United win at 15/2 may tempt some, considering the Reds were victorious by this scoreline in either meeting of these sides last season.

However, that bet should be approached with caution, considering United are currently far and away the Premier League’s top scorers.

United average slightly more than two goals per game this term, and are 6/5 to win a game which features less than 3.5 goals this weekend.

Those who fancy a more dominant success for the league leaders though, can take advantage of the 5/4 price regarding a home win in a game involving over 3.5 strikes.

And as ever, an interesting array of first scorer options are available in this match, with Robin Van Persie 5/2 favourite to follow up his derby day winner with the opener here.

His team-mate Wayne Rooney may prove a profitable selection though, as a 3/1 chance to break the deadlock, after notching his 150th Premier League goal last week.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee