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Goal Australia's betting expert Paul Gough says the bookies are tipping David Moyes' struggling champions to rediscover their winning touch at the Stadium of Light

They have endured their worst start to the season since 1989 but surely embattled defending English Premier League champions Manchester United will bounce back on Saturday.

The Red Devils - in their first season without the manager who steered them to 13 titles in the past 21 seasons in Sir Alex Ferguson - have found the going tough so far under new man David Moyes.

With just seven points from six matches, United find themselves in the unfamiliar position of 12th on the league table - some five points adrift of fourth-placed Everton and eight points behind league leaders Arsenal.

And they also coughed up a late equaliser in midweek, drawing 1-1 away to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

However, United have the luxury on Saturday of travelling to the league's bottom club Sunderland - with the Black Cats having just one point from six games and having already sacked manager Paolo Di Canio after just six months in charge.

A tougher fixture - after the long trip to Ukraine in midweek - could have had United in danger of suffering another humiliating defeat, given their present struggles, but instead they head into the game as the $1.55 favourites at bet365.

The home side are as much as $6 while the draw is paying $4.

United have scored in each of their past six matches in all competitions but it has been keeping them out at the other end that has been the problem - as evidenced by the recent 4-1 loss to arch-rivals Manchester City.

But with Robin Van Persie now fully recovered from his recent groin injury, expect United to bounce back with a vengeance against a team that is already the $1.90 second favourites at bet365 to be relegated this season.

Van Persie looks a lock-in bet at $1.80 at bet365 to score at any time while he is $4 to score the game's first and last goals while United look tempting at $11 to win 3-0 although the favoured option is a modest 1-0 win at odds of $6.50.


Back United and Liverpool to win


Back Everton at $3.75 in the draw no bet market against Manchester City

And if you still think United can bounce back from their dreadful start to the season and claim another title, now is certainly the time to back them given they have slipped to the fourth line of title betting at bet365 at odds of $7.50.

Their arch-rivals City are the $3.25 title favourites, ahead of Chelsea at $4 and Arsenal at $5, although Spurs at $9 and Liverpool at $10 are also firmly in contention in what is shaping as the most open season in years.

But City face a tough game on Saturday against high-flying Everton, the only team unbeaten in the EPL after six matches.

City, which sit two points and three places behind Everton in seventh spot, are the $1.65 favourites at home with Everton paying $5 and the draw $3.80.

But City look vulnerable after their midweek hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Everton are definitely worth a bet in the draw no bet market at odds of $3.75 - where punters get their money back if the game ends in a draw.

There are just six matches on Saturday with Liverpool the shortest price at $1.18 at home to a Crystal Palace side that are the $1.22 favourites at bet365 to be relegated and who are paying a massive $15 to upset the Reds at Anfield.

In the other matches we fancy promoted teams Cardiff and Hull City, both at $2.30 at bet365, at home against Newcastle ($3) and Aston Villa ($3.10) respectively while struggling Fulham look a risk at home at $2.25 against Stoke at $3.20 in a game where we suggest backing the draw at odds of $3.25.

*Note prices subject to change

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