Manchester United’s first-choice strike partnership have kept the goals flowing during their side’s shaky start to the season and Wayne Rooney is the pick at 4/1 to score the first goal in their Champions League home clash with Real Sociedad.
There’s money back on all losing first goalscorer, correct score, player to score two or more or player to score three or more bets if Robin van Persie – who is the champions leading scorer with seven goals so far this term – scores at any time during the 90 minutes.
United chief David Moyes will be thankful of some respite from domestic action and his Red Devils are expected to justify odds of 12/25 about a second home Champions League win in a row, with the mid-table La Liga club 5/1 to pull off a shock victory and the draw is 10/3.
Rooney scored the first goal in United’s other Group A home game and broke the deadlock in five of his last six competitive appearances for England.
The Liverpudlian showed just how important he is to the national team with nerve-settling openers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley sending England on their way to Brazil next summer.
La Real have conceded first in six of their last nine matches in all competitions – which includes both of their Champions League group stage games so far this term – and Rooney can catch them cold at Old Trafford with an early goal to add to his tally of 33 for the Red Devils in Europe.
United’s strike duo have scored almost two-thirds of their club’s goals between them this term.
Seven of the Red Devils’ 11 Premier League strikes this season have come courtesy of either the England hotshot or the Dutch master as well as three of their five Champions League goals.
The pair were also in excellent form during the final two rounds of World Cup 2014 qualifying, with Van Persie’s hat-trick in the Netherlands’ 8-1 thumping of Hungary only marginally more impressive than Rooney’s goals in each of England’s recent games.
The Old Trafford club have opened the scoring in their last four Champions League games.
Moyes’ Premier League woes continue after his side’s 1-1 home draw with Southampton and United have now won just one of their last four top-flight matches, but in cup competitions the Scot has seen his team brighten up considerably.
They have been quickest off the mark against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup and when facing Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk in this competition in the last six weeks.