Much has been made of the fact that Manchester United’s away record has failed to match their Old Trafford form under Louis van Gaal.
Yet the fact remains that they’ve been bested just three times on the road in the Premier League this season, a truth that offers a deal of reassurance ahead of their collision with an in-form Liverpool at Anfield, where they’re 18/25 in the double-chance betting.
Wins have proven harder to come by, with four and as many draws banked from their last nine top flight away days, but there’s an admirably stingy streak underpinning their progress.
Since the beginning of November they’ve given their hosts more than a single goal once in 13 outings, keeping clean sheets in five of them.
This defensive character has undoubtedly contributed to our headline wager – one that has seen backers trouser the readies in 14 of United’s 18 away games this season.
If the pre-November teething period is stricken from the record the bet’s strike rate improves even further, to 12 from 13.
Yet, the half-time draw can be backed at a very generous 23/20 when they travel to Merseyside on Sunday lunchtime.
The pre-Christmas trip to Villa Park was the only one of the Reds’ last 13 aways game in which interval-parity investors were denied the loot.
While Liverpool are far more fearsome opposition than the Villans were at that stage, United also returned to the visitors changing room in a state of equilibrium at half-time against Man City, Arsenal and Southampton during that sequence.
Brendan Rodgers’ side also lend further statistical weight to the punt, having been level at the midway point in nine of their 15 home league games this term.
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Liverpool are 11/10 to bank maximum points, with the draw a 12/5 shot and United 27/10 to seriously dent their hosts’ Champions League ambitions with victory.