Swansea (H), Sunderland (A), Burnley (A), QPR (H), Leicester (A), West Ham (H) – so reads Manchester United’s opening six fixtures for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
Louis van Gaal’s men, 11/2 to win back the title, look the big winners on the day the division’s bill of fare is announced for the coming campaign.
The ever-alert odds boffins at bwin.com go 5/2 about the Red Devils topping the table after six games of 2014/15.
Only Arsenal were more ruthless at snacking on top-flight small fry than United last term, with 50 points gleaned from teams that finished in the bottom half.
All three promoted teams are on the menu in the opening two months, joining sides against whom the Old Trafford outfit took 15 of a possible 18 points in 2013/14.
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Across town, reigning champions Manchester City have been dealt arguably the toughest hand of last season’s top four.
Citizens diehards may just be mournfully intoning “wake me up when September ends” on the Etihad terraces next term, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea crossing their path before October comes around.
The Gunners have been dealt a lively reintroduction, with a trip to Goodison Park and home visits from City and Tottenham.
After United it’s arguably Chelsea, 2/1 second-favourites for the 2014/15 crown who are next most-kindly treated.
A trip to the Etihad looks the only particularly stern test of their credentials in an opening six games that also include Burnley (A), Leicester (H), Everton (A), Swansea (H) and Aston Villa (H).
Jose Mourinho’s troops are 11/5 favourites to top the division after the season’s opening six fixtures.