Old Trafford grumbles grew in volume as Manchester United suffered yet another set back, Swansea the latest side to slap them in the face with their 2-1 FA Cup victory inside the Theatre of Dreams.
The Capital One Cup has proved a pot-hole free path to glory for stuttering David Moyes this season, though, and the Scot is desperate for his team to replicate the standards they’ve set in earlier rounds of the competition to stave off the ‘Bring Back Fergie’ brigade.
United, who are yet concede a goal in this competition, are 8/11 for success at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland attributed odds of 19/5 to claim the first-leg advantage many suspect they’ll require if they’re going to advance. The draw is an 11/4 offering.
Backing a Red Devils’ 19/10-rated win to nil could be the way to go for those embarking on the everlasting quest to find the best value.
Each of their three matches in the Capital One Cup under Moyes’ tutelage would have entitled those who placed faith in this bet to a pay out and they’ve prevailed on three of their previous five Wearside sojourns without conceding.
Across that timeframe the Black Cats have only had one goal to celebrate against this foe and they’ve avoided defeat the same number of times.
While Gus Poyet’s men have defied expectation to reach this stage, they can consider themselves a touch fortunate not to have been ejected earlier on.
Five of their nine goals bagged in normal time have come in the final five minutes of matches, three of which were required to prevent League One’s MK Dons sending them packing at the first hurdle.
These stats may prompt a punt on the 11/1 for the first home goal to be scored between 80 minutes and full time, or the more conservative option of 10/11 for a goal to be scored by either side between the 75th minute mark and the final whistle, but the hosts lean record against the reigning English champions makes the original suggestion the strongest bet on offer here.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date
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