Betting editor Paul Gough believes the results almost pick themselves on Sunday in the English Premier League, with more interest in which players might score
|By PAUL GOUGH
Swansea City are being given little chance of beating Manchester United for the first time in more than 30 years when the English Premier League leaders travel to Wales.
The Red Devils are the $1.55 favourites at TAB Sportsbet and $1.70 favourites with Betfair - having won their past six matches as well as seven of nine on the road this season in the league - and have attracted over 80 percent of the early money at Betfair.
Swansea, who have lost just twice in nine matches at home this season, are paying $5.50 with TAB Sportsbet and $5.80 at Betfair, while the draw is at $3.85 and $4 respectively.
This game also brings together the two leading scorers in the EPL this season in Michu for Swansea and former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie for United, with both having scored 12 goals so far this campaign.
But with Michu copping a heavy knock late on in last week's 1-0 loss at Tottenham, it is van Persie who is favoured to score the opening goal of Sunday's game at $4.70 with Betfair. Wayne Rooney at $5, Javier Hernandez $6 and Danny Welbeck at $6.20, while Michu is priced at $7.60.
|Chelsea and Manchester United to win their matches on Sunday
||Van Persie to score the first goal in Man Utd's match with Swansea at $4.70 at Betfair|
In the other game on Sunday, third-placed Chelsea host 14th-placed Aston Villa in what could be a sneak preview of this year's League Cup final, given both clubs will be expected to get past Swansea and Bradford respectively in their semi-finals.
Chelsea have actually won four of their past five matches in all competitions - despite being roundly criticised for a recent seven-game winless run in the Premier League, as well as being dumped out of the Champions League and failing to win the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.
Villa, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their past six matches in all competitions.
However, it is the Blues, who scored a confidence boosting 5-1 win at Leeds in the League Cup quarter-finals in midweek, who are the clear favourites in this one at $1.26 with TAB Sportsbet and $1.36 at Betfair, where they attracted nearly 90 percent of the early money.
Villa, who started the round just three points above the relegation zone despite their recent improved from, are at $9 with TAB Sportsbet and $10 at Betfair while the draw is paying $5.50 and $5.70 resepctively.
* Note prices subject to change