What are the odds? Manchester United Away

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Written by Martin Backhouse @martinbackhouse

Gutting is the word I’d personally use to describe the defeat to Spurs last weekend. It doesn’t get much easier on Sunday either, with a trip to Old Trafford to play a United side who kept a rampant Arsenal team relatively quiet for 89 minutes. Manchester United (1/2 to win) have lost just two of their last 23 league games against us at Old Trafford, winning 20, which doesn’t bode too well ahead of this one. We’ve not won at Old Trafford since 2007 either, when Tevez scored that infamous goal to keep us up. However, our last two visits there in cup and league have seen us come away with very credible draws and we did also beat them last time out in a game we’ll all remember forever. We’re 6/1 with Betway to come away with all three points this weekend.

Goalscorers. There’s a few to cast your eye over if you like a bet on these markets. Anthony Martial has scored with all three of his shots on target for United against us in all competitions. He’s 11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime. Wayne Rooney has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 13 appearances against us in all competitions (11 goals, three assists). He’s 9/2 to find the net first, 11/10 anytime. Looking at our options, it’s certainly worth noting that Michail Antonio equalled the Premier League record for headed goals in a calendar year in his last appearance with 11. I requested a special market on him to score a header and Betway duly obliged. He’s 10/1 to score with his head. He’s also available at 12/1 to open the scoring, 4/1 anytime. You can’t overlook the potential for a Dimi dead ball delight either. He’s 11/1 to score first, 7/2 anytime if you fancy it. Randolph or Adrian? Whoever is between the sticks needs to, I feel, have the game of their life as Manchester United have already attempted 203 shots in total this season in the Premier League. If you’re forever an optimist, we’re 5/1 with our sponsors to keep a clean sheet. Both teams to score is another market to consider as seven of the last nine meetings between the two sides in all competitions has failed to produce a clean sheet for either team. That’s available at 17/20.

Lastly, over the last couple of seasons, United have struggled in the first half at home, so the bet of the weekend in this fixture may well be Betway’s 23/10 on offer for a draw at HT and any team to win. Whatever you’re thinking of having a few quid on as we approach the busy Christmas period, good luck! COYI

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