Earlier this week, Manchester United were installed as Coral’s 1/8 favourites to claim the Premier League crown after neighbours and reigning league champions City collected a fortunate point against Liverpool on Sunday. There appears to be an inevitability about United’s surge to the title, though the record books suggest that Everton’s 1-0 win over them last August was no fluke.
The pair, who meet at Old Trafford on Sunday, have won two apiece of their last six duels, the other couple finishing all square. Nevertheless, with the benefit of home advantage, United are priced as BetVictor’s 13/20 jollies to secure a maximum haul this weekend, whereas Everton are Stan James’s 5/1 underdogs. Given Everton’s renowned tenaciousness, those odds look incredibly long, as does Skybet’s 10/3 for the match to end all square.
Yet under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have become tenacity personified. Their 7/1 price (bet365) to win 2-1 catches the eye, though for contrarians, BetVictor’s 20/1, posted about a 1-0 away win, is worthy of further consideration.
A repeat of the 4-4 scoreline is somewhat improbable of course, Skybet quoting another eight-goal thriller at 250/1 but punters fancying an inconclusive affair will be encouraged to see odds of 7/1 chalked alongside a 1-1 stalemate by Coral.co.uk
Van Persie and Rooney both appeal at 4/1 to break the deadlock with Bet365 and Betvictor respectively for the Reds whilst Marouane Fellaini, who proved to be such a handful when the teams met back in August, is 15/2 (William Hill) to follow up his winner in that contest by breaking the deadlock in this one. Alternatively, the powerful Belgian is 12/5 via Skybet to get on the scoresheet at any stage
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