Swansea is two games from reaching the Europa League groups, but before they play the double legged round against Petrolul Ploiesti they lock horns with Manchester United. The visitors play their first game in the Premier League under Moyes, after Alex Ferguson retired and the new coach has big boots to fill.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.06
Swansea played four friendly games and two qualifiers for the Europa League in July and early August, winning all of them but one. The most impressive fact is that they conceded no goal while scoring 19, using a standard 4-4-2 starting formation. It is very likely for the hosts to stick to this routine while closing the lines between the defense and midfield, to contain the offensive threat of Manchester United.
The visitors won the championship in 2012 by a landslide and patiently wait for the Champions League to resume. Meanwhile, they can focus completely on the task at hand, which is to take an early lead in the Premier League so they will travel to Swansea highly motivated. The new coach has plenty of strikers to choose from but the most likely candidates are van Persie, Rooney and Hernandez. Fletcher will be missing due to an injury while defender Rafael will sit this one out after seeing a red card in the last game.
Tempting as it is to back Manchester United at even odds, Pinnacle Sports has an even better proposition by offering odds of 2.06 for less than 2.5 goals to be scored. Swansea will defend for 90 min. and recent results prove that they do a great job at preventing opponents from scoring, so this type of wager should be profitable.