Manchester United-Swansea City Betting Preview: Goals at both ends at Old Trafford

David Moyes will be hoping to welcome back his star strikers as he looks to end a run of three defeats in a row, but Al Hain-Cole thinks he should be wary of the opposition attack
Manchester United have an opportunity to avenge Sunday’s FA Cup defeat when they welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

David Moyes’ men were sent crashing out of the cup thanks to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of the same opponents last weekend but are clear 1/2 (1.50) favourites with bet365 to go some way to making amends with three points this time out.

Having never previously tasted victory at Old Trafford, the Swans are available at 11/2 (6.50) to make it two wins within six days at the home of the reigning Premier League champions.

Michael Laudrup’s side have drawn two of their last three away games in the league, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them coming away with a point this time out.

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Red Devils since last Sunday’s FA Cup exit, having extended their losing streak to three in a row for the first time since 2001 with a 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against lowly Sunderland.

That result means that Moyes has now lost a worrying eight matches already this season, including four defeats in their last six at Old Trafford, although he can quite rightly point to an unfortunate injury record that goes some way to excusing his plight.

Having missed 12 Premier League fixtures between them so far this campaign, star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have been sorely missed by their manager, particularly as his side have lost only once with both of them in the team.

With van Persie not expected back until the clash with Chelsea but Rooney said to be in the frame to return, it is hard to see Swansea keeping a reinforced home attack at bay, meaning they will have to rely on their own attacking ability in order to get anything out of the match.

A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in 10 of these opponents last 12 combined matches, so odds of 5/6 (1.83) are not to be missed on goals going in at both ends when they meet once again.

While Moyes will be looking to Rooney to fire him out of trouble, Laudrup is bolstered by the fine form of record signing Wilfried Bony, who scored the winner at this ground last weekend.

The Ivory Coast international has now hit three goals in his last two games and is well worth backing at 11/4 (3.75) to come back to haunt United once again.

Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365
Bony to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 11/4 (3.75) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an 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.