After finishing a disappointing seventh last season Manchester United have tried to spend their way out of the doldrums and after a shaky start to the current campaign Louis van Gaal will be hoping his recent purchases can make an impact sooner rather than later.
Fortunately, they have the perfect opportunity to register their first victory, as they welcome QPR to Old Trafford and accordingly Stan James have installed United as emphatic 3/10 favourites to collect a maximum haul.
Harry Redknapp’s troops are as high as 11/1 with BetVictor to inflict more misery on the hosts while it’s 21/4 (bet365) to finish all square but boosted by their expensive acquisitions and playing in front of their own supporters, van Gaal’s side should enjoy the upper hand.
Moreover, they’re solid value at 21/20 via betway to despatch goal-shy Rangers ‘to nil’ and with that in mind, punters aiming for something a touch more speculative might fancy BetVictor’s 11/2 about the hosts notching twice without reply.
A dominant performance from United, in the shape of a lead at the end of each half, is available at 5/6 courtesy of Ladbrokes and in Skybet’s handicaps, van Gaal’s charges are a skinnier 8/11 when kicking off a goal in arrears.
Plenty of attention of course, including from a betting perspective, will be centred around new recruit Radamel Falcao and the Colombian front man is BetVictor’s 10/3 favourite to break the deadlock.
He’s not guaranteed to start however and, knowing their places are now under threat, it could be the older guard that do the damage in this one. Robin van Persie is therefore worth an interest in the first scorer betting at 15/4 (bet365). Alternatively the same firm make him evens to net at any stage.