Twenty time league champions Manchester United start their defence of the Premier League against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday tea time.
The Swans come into on the back of a great pre-season which saw them win seven out of seven matches, conceding just one goal in the process. They have already played competitively brushing past Malmo 4-0 on aggregate in the Europa League Third qualifying round. United results have been mixed bag with an indifferent preseason followed by a routine 2-0 victory over Wigan in the Community Shield.
Last year’s encounter was a fiery one which was sparked into life when Ashley Williams deliberately booted the ball at Van Persie’s head whilst he lay on the ground. And if you doubt that he did, YouTube it and watch his eyes. Six bookings were made and it’s the booking market that we focus our attention on with a certain player in mind. This player was booked eight times last season, six of those bookings came away from home, as well as in this corresponding fixture last season, has a bit of needle about it him and that player is Robin Van Persie. In the last five seasons his cards totals stands as 8/9/8/10/5. The last number might look low but he only played 11 matches that season.
With previous from last year and coming up against Ashley Williams, the 5/1 on offer with Bet Victor looks huge. He can get booked numerous ways be it a late challenge when chasing down the ball, dissent, hand ball, kicking the ball away, taking his shirt off when scoring, a stray elbow, all of the above are conceivable and that makes the 5/1 a must back.
Both matches since Swansea have been promoted have been tight affairs, a 1-1 draw last season proceeded a 1-0 victory for United in which Swansea should have taken something from the game. Swansea will set up like they do when a top team comes to town and that is to sit deep and seek to counter attack at any given opportunity. Looking at their results in these fixtures at home we can see that in the eight matches they have played against the top four they have won one, lost two, drew five and last season none of the top four came away with a win. Therefore I am siding with the draw at 13/5 with Stan James.
Robin Van Persie to be shown a card @ 5/1 @ Bet Victor
Match result – Draw @ 13/5 @ Stan James
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