David Moyes takes charge of his first league fixture as Red Devils boss on Saturday, and Al Hain-Cole expects a suitably memorable high-scoring match to mark the occasionFor the first time since the foundation of the Premier League, Manchester United will start the season without Alex Ferguson on the sidelines when they travel to Swansea on Saturday.
After an unconvincing pre-season, David Moyes will have been relieved to pick up his first trophy in the Community Shield against Wigan, and his side are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with bet365 to come out on top in his debut league fixture.
Confidence is much higher at the Liberty Stadium after some impressive new signings and strong performances both in friendlies and the Europa League, but the hosts are outsiders at 3/1 (4.00) to emerge victorious.
The corresponding fixture resulted in a 1-1 draw last season, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the sides sharing the spoils once again in South Wales.
While it would only be natural to have expected Moyes to suffer some teething problems as he attempts to fill the immense boots of his predecessor, it is slightly surprising that his main issues have come in defence.
The Scot is yet to instil any of the miserliness that was such a hallmark of his solid Everton side, as his backline failed to keep a single clean sheet in the exhibition matches preceeding Sunday's win at Wembley.
While pre-season results need to be taken with a pinch of salt, The Swans’ dangerous attacking line-up of Pablo Hernandez, Michu, and Wilfried Bony will be encouraged by such displays of weakness, and will be extremely confident of finding the back of the net against the champions.
However, considering Michael Laudrup’s men have also conceded at least two goals in eight of their last 10 league games, it is surely safe to back both teams to score on Saturday, at odds of 4/6 (1.67).
Having pulled off probably the signing of last season in bringing in 18-goal Michu from Rayo Vallecano, the Danish manager has returned to Spain once again this summer to land Jose Canas, Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordi Amat for a minimal outlay.
However, Swansea’s most eye-catching signing is not a La Liga graduate, but the Dutch Eredivisie’s top scorer and Player of the Year Bony, who struck 31 goals in 30 league games last campaign.
Having scored twice on his competitive debut against Malmo in the Europa League, the record signing looks set to hit the ground running in the Premier League, and offers tantalising value at 11/5 (3.20) to hit the back of the net in his first league appearance.
|Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 4/6 (1.67) with bet365
||Wilfried Bony to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 11/5 (3.20) with bet365
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.