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Jon Riley 5th May 2012 - 18:02

United can take advantage of any City slips

Man Utd v Swansea - 16:00 - live on Sky Sports 1

With this game kicking off thirty minutes after a certain match on Tyneside have finished, the atmosphere surrounding Old Trafford will be a direct result of how events have unravelled when Newcastle United host Manchester City in the 13:30 game.

United (1/5 match betting) surrendered top spot in the Premier League on Monday night after a toothless performance at the home of their title rivals City. That 1-0 reverse (Swansea 1-0, 33/1) sent the Citizens above the Red Devils on goal difference but with two matches left of the season, Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt be driving his team on in the hope that City will drop valuable points.

In fact, Sunday's William Hill Match Winner offer is for United to be back on top of the table following their fixture with Swansea at a price of 2/1, enhanced from 7/4.

Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck have joined long term injury victims Vidic, Fletcher, Anderson and Pogba on the sidelines and will play no part in Sunday's match.

The Swans (18/1 match betting) head to Old Trafford on a poor run of form that has seen them win just one of their last seven games, and have never won away at Manchester United, drawing two ( draw 9/2) and losing six.

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has a couple of injury problems ahead of Swansea's first league visit to Old Trafford on Sunday. Angel Rangel will be facing a late fitness test while Alan Tate is also doubtful with a calf strain. Agustien and Bodde have been ruled out for the season.

Rogers will no doubt have been infuriated by his team's inability to see off already relegated Wolves last weekend, letting a three goal lead slip to eventually draw 4-4. That scoreline was also played out at Old Trafford a fortnight ago when United themselves let a two goal lead slip at home to Everton, opening up the title race when it seemed all but sewn up. The price for an amazing 4-4 draw is 200/1.

The man behind United's title charge is their star striker Wayne Rooney. The England international has netted a brace in both of his last two appearances at Old Trafford and City's ability to shackle him on Monday was one of the key reasons that City went on to win. Rooney is the favourite to open the scoring here at 9/4, 1/2 to notch anytime and 10s to score a hat-trick.

Looking at the stats for this one, it is worth noting that 21% of the goals Swansea have scored have been netted in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, a divisional high, so if the Swans do take the lead (7/2), Man Utd will need to come from beind (6/1 come from behind and win, 9/2 come from behind and win or draw).

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