Moyes to win first piece of silverware at United? Community Shield Preview
Premier League champions Manchester United play their first competitive game for over 25 years without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm when they face FA Cup winners Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday and William Hill will be there to satisfy all your betting needs.
This year's Community Shield will mark the first time since West Ham in 1980 that a team outside the top flight will appear in the curtain raiser fixture, and provides David Moyes the perfect opportunity to win his first piece of silverware as United boss and William Hill make him 4/11 to do just that.
There's no doubting that Wigan, with a new manager of their own, face an uphill task in this one, having lost on 16 of the last 17 meetings between the two sides and are 9/1 to win the match. Wigan's sole win came on 11th April 2012 beating United 1-0 at the DW Stadium, a result which effectively cost United the title that year. United racked up two 4-0 wins in the Premier League last season against the Lactics and you can back them to make it a hat-trick at 16/1.
In fact, the last four Community Shield games have seen 18 goals scored so it would seem that goals are guaranteed in this one. Of those 18 goals, 13 have been scored in the second half with only 5 coming in the first, so it could be worth backing a tied game at half time and then United to go on and win the match in the second at a much more attractive 19/5.
Wigan managed a 4-0 victory themselves last weekend as they began life in the Championship against Barnsley, with new recruit Grant Holt netting on his debut. You can back him to repeat that feat of scoring in a Wigan win in our headline offer at 20/1, which is great value when you consider the fact that Wigan already produced a giant killing to play in this one when they defeated the other Manchester club in last season's FA Cup final and face a United side still adjusting to life without Sir Alex.
Wigan will be without another summer signing in defender Thomas Rogne due to back injury but boss Coyle still has plenty of options to choose from including Emerson Boyce and Leon Barnett. The Lactics further added to their side this week with the signing of Sunderland and Republic of Ireland winger James McClean for a reported £1m fee and is expected to go straight into the squad.
United will again be without want-away striker Wayne Rooney for this clash after the England striker pulled out of their final pre-season game against AIK with a back injury as he pushes for a move away from Old Trafford. Last season's Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie is expected to lead the line for the Red Devils and you can back him in our headline offer to score in a United win at 6/5. RVP was the most popular player backed to score with William Hill last season and with United yet to make any major signings so far, Moyes will hope the Dutchman will continue his terrific goalscoring form since signing for the club. With Shinji Kagawa likely to play in the number 10 role, the United boss could also hand competitive debuts to former Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha along with Academy graduates Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj, all of which impressed in pre-season.
My prediction: Man Utd 3-1 win 10/1