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Rupert Wyman 25th Sep 2010 - 9:16

United to stroll to victory against the Trotters

Man United travel the short distance to the Reebok Stadium for a lunchtime showdown with local rivals Bolton. The Red Devils will be full of confidence following their 3-2 defeat of Liverpool last weekend and should be too strong for the hapless Wanderers.

The visitors are 1/2 to get the three points they will need to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea. If you fancy the Trotters to cause an upset you can get a healthy 6/1 on them with the draw at 3/1.

Owen Coyle's side crashed out of the League Cup in midweek losing at his former club Burnley and they haven't had a Premier League victory in September. The Wanderers lie in the bottom half of the table and will need to improve quickly if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

The Reebok side have been punching above their weight for many years now and this could be the season they return to the Championship if results fail to improve.

Last season United ran out 4-0 winners in this fixture with Berbatov netting twice, you can get 18/1 with William Hill on a repeat of that scoreline.

That was typical of Bolton's record at home to the Red Devils. They have won just once in eleven meetings at the Reebok, losing seven of those games. United will take a big following to the match and they should have cause to celebrate.

Dimitar Berbatov seems to have finally found his best form for United with a hat-trick against Liverpool which could have finally won over the Old Trafford faithful.  The Bulgarian 20/1 to get another three goals in this one.

His goalscoring form has taken some of the pressure off his strike partner Wayne Rooney's shoulders following his recent problems and lack of form and meant United remain within touching distance of the leaders.

Rooney is showing signs that his best form could be round the corner however and I fancy him to get on the scoresheet in this one, he is 10/11 to score at anytime.

Paul Scholes could be the key man, he is 12/1 to score first. The ginger midfielder has been on the form of his life this season and his class will make the difference against his less skilful Bolton counterparts.

For Bolton Kevin Davies and Jussi Jaaskelainen return to the team after missing the Burnley game in midweek. Gary Cahill serves the final game of his three-match suspension. Andy O'Brien is still out with an ankle injury, so Sam Ricketts is likely to step in to deputise.

Rio Ferdinand should return to the United team after coming through the Carling Cup against Scunthorpe on Wednesday. Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves are all long-term absentees.

One major concern for United fans is that they have lost leads in both of their away games so far losing winning positions at Fulham and Everton costing them four points. I don't expect any such problems for them in this one though.

The only hope for Bolton is that United have one eye on their trip to Spain to face Valencia in midweek meaning Alex Ferguson may use some of his squad players.

Even if that is the case I think United are starting to get into top form and I don't see an average Bolton side causing them too many problems.  I think the 1/2 on them to win in 90 minutes is worth a good punt and I am going for them to win 3-0 at odds of 9/1.

The game starts at Midday on Sunday and is live on ESPN. Bet in play at William Hill from kick off.


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