The feint baaing of lambs to the slaughter is in the air as newly promoted Crystal Palace head to Old Trafford in a game which should have the Manchester United strikeforce licking their lips.
bwin are offering money back on a wide range of goalscorer and correct score wagers if David Moyes’ reigning champions aren’t in front at half-time and full-time.
The Red Devils are 19/100 to win the fixture, with the draw 11/2 and the Palace three points a whopping 12/1.
United were suffering from an “after you” politeness problem early last term as they let four of their first six Premier League visitors open the scoring at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, that merciful streak didn’t extend to newly-promoted sides and they saw off all three with early goals filling the pockets of HT/FT win punters.
Moyes’ charges are 57/100 to be HT/FT victors against Palace.
Of the three sides in question West Ham and Reading were seen off with ground-out 1-0 wins, but if the hosts fall back to the bad old ways of early 2012/13 and allow the Eagles a way to go in at half-time with honours even all will not be lost for bwin’s correct score and goalscorer punters thanks to our money back special.
The temptation for Moyes to rest players either from the start or with the game won (the Champions League awaits on Tuesday) should help keep the score respectable.
As a result the 8/5 about the 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 multiple correct score looks a tempting punt with the extra insurance.
The same temptation to bring off the big guns early could mean that some of United’s less heralded forwards get some game time.
Last goalscorer singles will also be refunded if United fail to lead at the break and the conclusion of the game and former Eagles academy graduate Wilfried Zaha could be just the man to stick one on the club whose promotion he did so much to earn with his performances in last season’s play-offs.
The Ivory Coast-born England international fledgling looks set for some minutes against his old club if the Manchester Evening News is to be believed.
Famed for his near-supernatural ability to retain possession of the ball under duress in the second tier, the young winger looks worth backing to round off the scoring at odds of 13/2, with his knowledge of the weaknesses of the teammates he played alongside last term plotting a road-map to the back of the net.
No consideration of Manchester United goalscoring would be complete without a nod to two-time-reigning Premier League top goalscorer Robin van Persie, who has already added two league strikes to his account in 2013/14.
It would be rude not to leave your stake in the capable hands (and feet) of the Dutchman – 9/4 to score first or last and 1/2 to score anytime – with the added insurance bwin’s offer on the game provides.