Defensively, Manchester United have made a fine start to the campaign, keeping three clean sheets in their opening trio of fixtures but at the other end Louis Van Gaal’s troops have looked far less convincing and doubts over their attacking prowess were underlined last Saturday as they failed to break down Newcastle in a goalless draw at Old Trafford.
If United are toothless again this weekend at Swansea it could prove costly as Garry Monk’s men are dangerous going forward and they’re set to be the first team to breach the Red Devils’ rearguard in the league this term.
The hosts are just 4/9 with Ladbrokes to find the net but Manchester United are nevertheless considered 13/10 favourites for the points by BetVictor while the Swans are a 12/5 chance at Paddy Power and it’s 9/4 at Stan James to finish all square at the Liberty Stadium.
As the two teams are unbeaten however, it’s the latter that stands out and as it looks like a clash in which both sides will find the net (17/20, Winner.com), bet365’s 7/2 about a score draw possesses plenty of appeal.
More precisely, William Hill mark 11/2 against a 1-1 scoreline, Paddy Power report early money, at 13/8 for the contest to be goalless at the break and where goals are concerned, Bafetimbi Gomis has struck in each of Swansea’s three games so he’s worth considering at 12/5 (Stan James) to notch at any time.
Hugely impressive as they racked up a third win on the spin at Everton last Sunday, Manchester City are already odds-on at 4/5 via Stan James to win the Premier League title and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are just 2/9 (Paddy Power) to maintain their hundred percent record as they take on Watford at Eastlands. Yet to concede a goal, City are 11/10 courtesy of bet365 to prevail ‘to nil’ and the same firm make them 7/1 to strike twice without reply.
Also set to ease to a home victory are Liverpool, just 2/5 (Stan James) to overcome West Ham, Ladbrokes price champions Chelsea at 4/11 to edge out Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and a home banker treble on the Blues, the Reds and City is available at 13/10 with BetVictor.
Elsewhere, Stan James chalk Everton up at 13/5 to snatch a point at Spurs, Winner.com offer 12/5 about West Brom doing likewise at Stoke and the draw (5/2, William Hill) also gets the nod as Southampton entertain Norwich.