Manchester United managed to win the 2010/11 Premier League title despite only winning 5 of their 19 away games, although Sir Alex Ferguson is well aware that the Red Devils will probably need to improve on that statistic this season.
While Old Trafford is likely to be an impregnable fortress once again, rivals Manchester City currently look as though they will outscore the opposition wherever they go and Saturday’s fixture at the Reebok Stadium is as stern a test as United have faced this term.
The bookmakers have a best price 4/9 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) that the champions of England claim victory as they have done in their opening three matches, although the 2-1 win at West Brom wasn’t anywhere near as convincing as home triumphs over Tottenham and that 8-2 demolition of Arsenal.
Ferguson will hope that Wayne Rooney can continue his tremendous scoring record after a hat-trick against the Gunners and the forward is 4/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to score the first goal of the game, while the in-form Ashley Young can be backed at 8/1 and that rates as a decent bet considering he broke the deadlock against Wales on Tuesday.
Bolton were outclassed at Anfield two weeks ago, although they did put up a decent fight when losing 3-2 at home to Manchester City in their first home match and Owen Coyle’s side are 7/2 to claim a valuable point from yet another tricky match.
Bet365 offer a standout 8/1 that Wanderers put the first dent into United’s title hopes, with Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic linking up to great effect at the moment and the latter has scored in all three of Bolton’s matches to date.