In Saturday’s late kick off, champions Man Utd travel to newly promoted Swansea in what is the Welsh side’s most testing home fixture so far.
These sides last met competitively in the old First Division back in 1983. Quite a bit has changed for Man Utd in that time of course, and Swansea will do well to contain the many attacking options at United’s disposal. If they are to get anything from the game, Brendan Rogers’ side will need the same battling traits they showed in the 0-0 draw at Anfield, and perhaps a little more besides.
The bookies, of course, have Alex Ferguson’s men as strong favourites to take all three points, and they can be backed at best odds of 1/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) for the win.
The Swans, though, have the best home defence in the league, conceding just a single goal in five matches at the Liberty Stadium, and even that was an own goal. Odds of 7/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) for a Swansea win are almost tempting, but perhaps the 7/2 available with the same bookie for the draw present a more realistic proposition.
The international break gave many of Swansea’s players a rest, while a large chunk of the Man Utd squad were called into action. A notable exception, of course, was Wayne Rooney. Currently banned from the first three matches of England’s Euro 2012 campaign, Fabio Capello took the opportunity to check out his understudies. As such, Rooney will be well-rested and raring to go against Swansea and looks a decent bet to open the scoring at 9/2 (Coral).
While we think there is a decent chance Swansea could sneak a draw from this one, we reckon the superior class throughout the United team will see them through. But perhaps not by the margin the bookies expect.