On Saturday afternoon, Manchester United take on Swansea in a game that will have a huge impact on the Premier League. Manchester United are currently 2nd in the league, but both Liverpool and Tottenham are chasing them down, and they need to continue winning if they are to cement a 2nd place finish. This game is equally as important for Swansea and their position at the bottom of the table. They are in 14th at the moment, so do have a little breathing room but they are just three points ahead of the relegation places, so a poor run would drag them into trouble. While all eyes will be on Manchester United, there is no doubting that this game is a huge one at both ends of the table.
Manchester United have been playing very well domestically, with four wins from their last five games. They were beaten recently in the Champions League, but have secured an FA Cup semi final place so they are clearly in good heart. Both Liverpool and Tottenham are chasing them down for 2nd, with Manchester City well out in front at the top of the league. With just eight games to go for United, every single point counts and they really need to pick up three here.
Swansea may have only won two of their last five games, but they have found a way to draw another two, meaning they have picked up at least one point from four out of their last five games. Winning games can be tough at the bottom, but you have to make yourself hard to beat, something which Swansea have done very well. Things are tight at the bottom, but if Swansea continue to pick up the odd points then they should be fine.
Manchester United Betting Odds
It is no surprise to see Manchester United as warm favourites for this one, and they should have enough quality in their team to easily dispose of Swansea. United are fighting for 2nd place and while they can’t catch Manchester City, they will want to finish as high as they possibly can.
United are priced up at 1/4 to win the game, but it is the handicap betting line that is interesting me the most. On the -1 handicap Manchester United are 4/5 with BoyleSports, and that is a very fair price for an outcome that looks likely to happen.
This bet needs them to win by two goals or more, but that is something they look more than capable of doing, especially as we get to the end of the season and every game becomes a must win game for them.
Swansea Betting Odds
Swansea are a huge price to win this game with the bookmakers, they are priced up at 15/1 with Betsson, which is the best price around. This reflects their chances of winning the game, and while some people may be tempted to take the big odds, I don’t think Swansea have a chance of winning this game.
The bottom of the table is very tight and every point counts, so don’t be surprised to see Swansea arrive at this game with a plan to be very defensive, and try and steal a point. That could frustrate United, but ultimately I don’t think it will be enough.
Manchester United Tips
Manchester United look set to record a comfortable victory here as they continue to remain in charge of 2nd place in the Premier League. This is a must win game for them, against a team who can be difficult to play against, but I am backing United to come out on top with a comfortable win.
United are priced up at 4/5 on the -1 handicap line at BoyleSports, meaning they have to win the game by two goals or more. This looks to be a very fair price for something I think will happen and I am very happy to back them at that, hopefully watching them go on to record a comfortable victory.