Manchester United go into the opening game of their 2011-12 Premier League campaign as hot favourites to earn three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men take on Roy Hodgson’s West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns this afternoon and, as defending champions, are good bets to beat a side who finished 11th in the table last year.
The Red Devils are priced at 31/50 to pick up all three points, with a draw available at 27/10 and a home win at 17/4.
However, United’s first-half performance in away matches last season suggests West Brom could yet ruffle the defending champions’ feathers early on.
At half-time, the Red Devils were only ahead in four away league matches last season, being in arrears in five games at the interval and level with the opposition in the remaining ten.
With this in mind, odds of 3/5 on West Brom to be winning or drawing against Man Utd after 45 minutes in the half-time double chance market offer good value.
A successful £25 free bet on West Brom to be ahead or level at the break, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £40.
That said, United’s pre-season form suggests they will have more than enough to move clear of West Brom in the second-half.
Alex Ferguson’s men, buoyed by the signings of Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea over the summer, won all of their pre-season friendlies, including against European champions Barcelona.
And with the goals flying in – including three against Manchester City in last Sunday’s Community Shield – it could be a long afternoon for Hodgson’s side.
With this in mind, Man Utd could even be good bets to overcome a 2-0 handicap to win at odds of 7/4.
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