By far the biggest news of transfer deadline day has already been broken, with Radamel Falcao all-but certain to be a Manchester United player, albeit on loan, by 11 o’clock.
The black and gold boys in bwin.com’s odds-compiling headquarters have reacted by pricing up a pile of markets regarding how Falcao will get on at Old Trafford this term, with their ever-popular Premier League overs/unders goal-line set at 18.5, which you can back at 17/20 apiece.
Falcao is 2/1 to outscore fellow former Atletico Madrid man Diego Costa in the top flight this term, with the Chelsea striker, who has already notched four times in the league for his new team, the favourite in this market at 1/2, and the draw 15/2.
The 28-year-old notching a Premier League hat-trick for the Red Devils in his first season is available at 17/20, and although he never quite managed the feat at Monaco, Falcao managed four three-plus goal hauls in two seasons at Atleti, with two coming in each of his two terms at the Vicente Calderon.
You can get 10/1 on Falcao emulating new teammate Robin van Persie by winning the Premier League Golden Boot during his first season at the Theatre of Dreams, and the Dutchman had to wait until his second league appearance for United, against Fulham, before hitting the mark.
With that in mind, double digits on Falcao outscoring all around him in the top flight is far from a ridiculous notion, but the shrewdest route to profit may lie in the 19/4 about the Colombia international picking up silverware during his first season in England.
Louis van Gaal’s men may be out of the Capital One Cup and bereft of European football, but no other side has won the FA Cup more times than the Red Devils.
With around £200m worth of new talent needing to bed in under Van Gaal, the title is going to be a big ask for the ‘Iron Tulip’ in 2014/15 at 16/1, but the likes of Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Falcao and expected fellow newboy Daley Blind should be brewing up a storm by the New Year.
At that point, they would be six fixtures away from a 12th FA Cup, with some of those games likely to be against sides much lower down the league ladder, so a trophy looks far from beyond Falcao in this campaign.