Utd to build momentum against struggling Sunderland?
Manchester Utd (4/6) and Sunderland (5/1) are both in what could generously be described as a period of transition as they both struggle in the Premier League.
Sunderland sacked Paolo di Canio a couple of weeks ago and while their performances have shown much more desire under interim manager Kevin Ball, they are still winless in the Premier League and face a tough task to beat Man Utd. I don't fancy Sunderland to win but the match may be closer than the betting suggests so the draw (7/2) might be value.
David Moyes' tenure as United manager hasn't gone too well, with three defeats in six Premier League matches and they are already 8 points behind the leaders. At this stage, it's hard to see Man Utd win the league and although they are bound to improve as Moyes beds in, I can't see them reeling in the pacesetters.
If my expectations of a closer match are correct, then the Opta special of 7/1 that Man Utd win 1-0 looks a steal. On three of their last four visits to the Stadium of Light, the Red Devils have won by that scoreline. Sunderland have lost their last two Premier League games 3-1 and a win for Man Utd by that scoreline might be a viable alternative at 14/1.
If the Black Cats are to cause an upset in this match then it's likely that their source of inspiration will be Emanuele Giaccherini and he is 18/1 to open the goalscoring and 5/1 to score anytime, both of which are standout prices.
The visitors have a wealth of attacking talent to choose from and Robin van Persie looks good value at 4/1 to score first, while the Headline Offer that United win with Rooney scoring at 2/1 is also a decent price.
While Man Utd should win this, Sunderland have a chance of nicking something and making life even more difficult for David Moyes and his team. In terms of value bets the draw at 7/2 looks the best option in the match betting; but approach that with caution.
At longer odds the best bet looks 7/1 on Man Utd to win 1-0.
This match will unlikely be a classic but should be an intriguing encounter between two sides having to prove themselves