After succumbing to just their second loss in 20 matches at Swansea last time out, Manchester United return to action against struggling Sunderland.
Understandably, the Red Devils’ match-betting price is a shade on the short side (they’re 9/25 next to 15/4 for the draw and 7/1 about the visitors), but there’s money to be made backing Louis van Gaal’s side to score exactly three at Old Trafford.
A princely 31/10 is on offer about this particular punt landing, a price that rewards to the tune of £93 if wager-makers stake their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com on the outcome.
Those who backed it ahead of eight of Man Utd’s last ten home outings would’ve been celebrating a swollen wallet at the close of play, with Southampton the only visitor in six to leave the Theatre of Dreams having avoided shipping half a half dozen.
Sunderland’s defence has prevented their already perilous position worsening in recent weeks, but it hasn’t been as reliable on trips to those occupying spots in today’s top five.
They’ve leaked an enormous 11 goals in two visits to those residing in the specified bracket, though one was on a freakish afternoon at Southampton where eight were shipped.
The remaining fixture was contested at Manchester City, where Sunderland went down 3-2.
No other opponent has managed to score as many when entertaining Gus Poyet’s troops this term.
As the quality of the opposition’s attack rises, the Wearsiders’ defensive prowess crumbles in direct correlation, which is why spectators can expect their net bulge three times at least at Old Trafford.