Swansea host Manchester United in the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. It’s a game which United should have the upper hand for, particularly after their four-goal demolition of West Ham last weekend. The last time these two sides faced off against each other, it finished a goal apiece. Without question, this is a result that Swansea would take if it was offered to them now.
The Swans have already opened their season with a draw against a much-fancied Southampton side. That game finished nil-all and will not go down as one of the season’s finest matches. We are hoping for a little more entertainment when they face United at the weekeend.
Swansea required several weeks of heroic displays to escape relegation last season. They eventually did it, but it was certainly touch and go for a while. This season, they will be hoping to be a few steps ahead of that stage when the end of season placings come around. They got a respectable away draw against Southampton in their opening fixture. During that game, they looked solid at the back. This is a marked improvement on last season, when they were constantly leaking goals.
Manchester United form
The Red Devils couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season. They completely blew West Ham out of the water last weekend and in truth, the 4-0 score line didn’t flatter them. It could have been much, much worse for The Swans.
Paul Pogba was tremendous in that game and really showed why United spent so much money to prize him away from Juventus. He wasn’t the only one either – Lukaku got two goals on his Manchester United debut and was a danger throughout. If Mourinho’s side can keep up that sort of form going into this weekend, the it will be a very long day for Swansea and their supporters.
Much of the news surrounding Swansea City in recent weeks has been around their midfield maestro, Gylfi Sigurdson. Everton are trying to buy the Icelandic international, but Swansea understandably don’t want to sell their assist machine. Manchester United will understand how this may be unsettling the player and club and will lookk to take full advantage of this as they face off on Saturday.
United are 4/11 to defeat Swansea with Ladbrokes. From our seat, this looks like a good bet. They may be away from their Old Trafford fortress, but they should have plenty to take on United and win. Understandably, former Everton striker Lukaku is the top of most bookies’ list when it comes to top scorer. He is priced 14/5 to open the scoring. That price is taken from Ladbrokes’ sportsbook.
Anthony Martial got a great goal against West Ham and he is 9/2 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. We certainly wouldn’t bet against the France international – he is playing brilliantly at the moment and will be hoping to continue that excellent form.