Betting round-up: RvP, United tipped for good start
With new signing Robin Van Persie in tow, Manchester United are favoured to begin their 2012-13 English Premier League season on a high note against Everton
Will Robin Van Persie score on his Manchester United debut when the Red Devils travel to Everton on Monday to complete the opening round of the new English Premier League season.
Manchester United - pipped for the title in the final minute of last season by arch-rivals Manchester City on goal difference - head into their opening fixture of the season as solid $1.87 favourites at Luxbet, with the draw firming from $3.50 to $3.40.
But all eyes will be on brilliant Dutch striker Van Persie, the leading scorer in the competition last season with Arsenal with 30 goals, who completed his AU$36 million move to Old Trafford on the eve of the season.
And Van Persie is priced at $2.20 at Luxbet to mark his debut for Manchester United with a goal on Monday, while he is at $5.25 to score the first goal and last goal of the game and $27 to score a hat-trick.
Van Persie's move, which allows the Dutchman to play in attack alongside superstar Wayne Rooney in a pairing that will have United fans around the world salivating, shows the determination of United to reclaim the title this season after Manchester City last year won their first title for 44 years.
But in terms of pure betting on Monday's game, Rooney might be the better bet to score and he is priced the same as Van Persie in Luxbet's various goalscoring markets.
|Wayne Rooney to score for Manchester United v Everton at $2.20 at Luxbet
||Manchester United to win 2-0 in correct score betting at $8 at Luxbet|
While United did not win the title last season, they were still a class above everyone else except City and finished 19 points clear of third-placed Arsenal, with Everton ending last season in a creditable seventh position but some 33 points adrift of United and City.
United, which have won 12 of the past 20 EPL titles, head into this season as second favourites to lift the title at $2.90 behind City at $2.25.
And while it is far too early in the season to make title predictions, United should get their campaign off to a winning start, although Luxbet's Andy Scott is reporting good support in this game for the draw, which has been the biggest firming option in head-to-head betting.
However Everton, who have lost Tim Cahill to the MLS in the United States and young gun Jack Rodwell to Manchester City in the off-season, have done little to strengthen their squad and have a terrible record against the Red Devils - although they are not alone on that front.
The two teams' last meeting might have ended in a memorable 4-4 draw at Old Trafford late last season - which arguably cost United the title ‑ but prior to that Everton had won just one of their past 12 matches against Manchester United, not including their 2009 FA Cup semi-final win on penalties.
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