Man Utd v Swansea: visitors face battle to stop United running riot

Swansea’s Premier League status has been pretty much secured for some weeks now, but last weekend’s draw against Wolves has made it mathematically certain – and it’s just as well with a wounded Manchester United next in line.

Following their 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last weekend, United look like they’ll have to overhaul City’s superior goal difference – set to be at least nine if Roberto Mancini’s men see off Newcastle earlier in the day – if they are to win their 20th league title.

They may not be able to do it in this one game, but they will surely be looking to capitalise on a defence that shipped four against Wolves last week…

Match odds

United are unsurprisingly the huge favourites for this clash at 1/6 and it’s hard to see beyond anything other than a convincing win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

However, if you fancy taking a bit of a risk with your match bet, then the Swans are a massive 14/1 to pick up all three points – as long as they’ve been since their opening game of the season against table-toppers Man City.

They more than held their own against United at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat in which Scott Sinclair missed a sitter for the Welsh side.

A win for the Swans would represent one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history though so backing United looks the far more sensible option – even at such a short price.

Goal markets

Everything points to this being an absolute rout for United and the odds reflect this with over 2.5 goals available at a paltry 2/5.

However, there is some value to be found and backing over 3.5 goals is a very tempting 11/10.

Eight of United’s home Premier League games this season have yielded four or more goals and, with the hosts surely looking to batter the Swans into submission, backing another high-scoring game looks a punt well worth taking on – especially if Man City narrowly beat City earlier on Sunday.