It’s fair to say that new Manchester United boss David Moyes hasn’t enjoyed the easiest of starts to life at Old Trafford. Already under intense scrutiny as he looks to fill the huge void left by Sir Alex Ferguson, the ex-Everton manager struggled all summer in the transfer market and has seen his team take just four points from a possible nine in their opening three fixtures, albeit two of those games were against Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Scot will be hoping to relieve a little bit of pressure this weekend then and his side have the perfect opportunity to do just that as they come up against newly promoted Crystal Palace.
Ian Holloway’s team are no pushovers of course, but neither do they have the quality they will need to return to Selhurst Park anything other than empty-handed and subsequently this contest has all of the hallmarks of a home banker.
That’s reflected in the markets, where United are 2/9 at best with BetVictor and the Eagles are massive 16/1 outsiders at bet365 to cause a major upset by securing all three points in the champions’ own backyard.
It’s difficult to see Palace possessing enough of an attacking threat to trouble their hosts, who are evens at Coral to prevail ‘to nil’ and it should ultimately prove to be a pretty straightforward afternoon for Moyes’s troops.
A comprehensive 3-0 success isn’t without appeal then at 15/2 (BetVictor) while betway post 11/1 against a 4-0 triumph and Paddy Power rate the home side at 6/4 in the handicaps, when kicking off two goals in arrears.
United’s major capture during the transfer window was Marouane Fellaini and the towering Belgian could be set to make his debut. A midfielder that’s no stranger to getting forward and scoring goals, Fellaini is 7/1 via Ladbrokes to make an instant impact by breaking the deadlock.