Meanwhile, Chelsea showed no ill-effects of their trip to Japan when winning 5-1 at Leeds during the week in the Capital One Cup, with the Blues now looking to beat an Aston Villa team who sprang a surprise at Anfield last weekend when winning 3-1.
Swansea v Manchester United 13:30
Business as usual for the Swans this season, who have possibly improved since Brendan Rodgers, Joe Allen and Gylfi Sigurdsson departed for pastures new. City are in the top half of the Premier League and also through to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, with the fans now hoping their team can scalp the Premier League leaders.
Manchester United edged a close encounter last season by a single goal although the Red Devils defence is struggling to keep clean sheets this season and we could see the net bulging at both ends at the Liberty Stadium.
United are a best price 7/10 (BetVictor free bets) to win Sunday afternoon’s game and they have won seven of their nine games on the road this term despite conceding fourteen goals. With Robin van Persie in the team, the firepower means they have been able to concede up to three goals on the road and still win.
It’s no surprise to find RVP filling his boots at Old Trafford and the 28-year-old is surely destined for another Golden Boot this season, with BetVictor offering a best price about the Dutchman scoring first in this game and they also have the best odds when it comes to Wayne Rooney breaking the deadlock.
However, there’s another player that is banging in the goals this season and Michu has matched everyone stride-for-stride this term, with the Spaniard surprisingly priced at 15/2 (bet365 bookmaker) to score first in this match.
Chelsea v Aston Villa 16.00
After winning 4-2 at Tottenham towards the end of October, Chelsea seriously lost their way in Premier League and Champions League to the extent that Roberto Di Matteo was relieved of managerial duties, although Rafael Benitez has started to improve fortunes despite last weekend’s Club World Cup defeat to Corinthians.
Wednesday night’s 5-1 win at Leeds suggests the team bear no ill-effects of their long-haul journeys and Chelsea are a best price 4/11 (Stan James) to win this encounter against an Aston Villa side that seem to be steadily improving after a languid start to the campaign.
A lot has been made about Fernando Torres’ form this season although the Spaniard must have been delighted when Benitez replaced Di Matteo and El Nino have six goals in his last five games, with odds of 4/1 that he scores first in this particular encounter.
Aston Villa actually won this fixture last season which was played at a similar time of year, something which was the highlight of Alex McLeish’s one-season stint at Villa Park and one of the lowlights of Andre Villas-Boas’ short reign at Stamford Bridge.
The Villans will be buzzing after that victory at Anfield and odds of 9/1 (Betfred bookmaker) look interesting about the visitors claiming victory against a team still missing John Terry in central defence.
Christian Benteke is proving to be an inspired signing and he was the main catalyst behind Villa’s 3-1 victory against Liverpool which means there will be backers of the 12/1 that the Belgian scores first in this match.