No Roon For Error as United Face Bolton
Manchester United make the short trip to their Lancastrian neighbours Bolton hoping to consolidate their place at the summit of the Premier League.
The Red Devils are on a decent run at the moment having won their last four games and are priced at 2/5 to continue that sequence with a win at the Reebok.
Central to United's impressive form and indeed to their entire season is the prodigious Wayne Rooney.
His goal against Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Sunday was his 26th league goal in what has been a phenomenal season for the Scouse striker. He is priced at 11/4 to open the scoring and 8/13 to notch anytime. However, the general consensus is that Sir Alex will choose to rest Rooney ahead of the midweek trip to Munich, using him as a substitute if the match is not going in United's favour.
That leaves Dimitar Berbatov (4/1 first goalscorer), Ryan Giggs (13/2) and Luis Valencia (6/1) as United's main attacking threats if Rooney is only used as a sub.
Alternatively, Ji Sung Park, nicknamed ‘Three Lungs Park' for his boundless energy and running, is priced at 9/1 to score the last and repeat the goal that sunk Liverpool at Old Trafford last week.
It's going to be a big ask of the Bolton player's to get anything from this match and at 7/1 is priced as much.
That though is the task of Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, who has already masterminded an upset against the champions this season having led his former charges Burnley to a 1-0 home win against United in August.
The price for a reoccurrence of that scoreline but this time in Bolton's favour is a very decent 14/1. That was the scoreline in 2007, Bolton's last victory over the Reds.
This Coyle and Bolton relationship did take a while to get going but the jigsaw is beginning to look more complete after a few wins here and there. In a decent months spell, Bolton have picked up three wins from five games, all of which coming against sides in close proximity to themselves. However, Manchester United are a completely different prospect with genuine forward quality, unless they can rise to the occasion on Saturday the Whitemen from Bolton are likely to be outclassed.
Bolton's trio of strikers Kevin Davies, Ivan Klasnic and Johan Elmander are all priced at 9/1, underlying the bookies opinions that Bolton's chances of outscoring United are limited at best.
United will be looking at this game as another three points in their quest to score four straight premiership titles, a record yet to be accomplished by any team. Not wanting to take their foot off the pedal I can look no further than a comfortable United victory.
Bolton though will be doing their upmost to beat their more illustrious rivals and it may take a while for United to unlock the newly improved Bolton defence.
That's why I'm going for a 2-1 United victory at 7/1 while also backing the draw/Man Utd in the double result at 16/5. With or without their top goalscorer, the result is in no doubt for me.
If you feel that United's forwards will be too strong then the handicapped markets could be for you. The Red Devils -1 goal and -2 goals are priced at 23/20 and 3/1 respectively.
In-Play betting is available throughout the match.