Even if Wayne Rooney had failed to fire for the 11th Manchester United game in a row against Club Brugge in the Champions League, the 29-year-old would still have been fancied to score the opener at Swansea, so seeing him as big as 5/1 joint-favourite with Memphis following a fine hat-trick is intriguing.
The hosts have a striker hot on the Red Devils pair’s heels in bwin’s first-scorer betting, and he may give something of an indication as to why the market is so tight.
Like their visitors, Swansea are unbeaten in 2015/16, with two draws and a win meaning Garry Monk’s springers could leapfrog United into fourth if they add to a fine record of three victories in their last four matches against the 13-time Premier League champions, currently priced at 13/5.
However, the best bet on show in South Wales has to be Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis to score the opener, which is available at 11/2 with the boys in black and gold.
Gomis has managed as much in his last two top-flight appearances against Sunderland and Newcastle, having bagged the equaliser in his side’s opening day 2-2 draw at Chelsea, and the 30-year-old Frenchman notched a winner the last time Louis van Gaal’s men travelled to the Liberty Stadium eight months ago.
What makes this an even more compelling wager is the first-goal form of the Iron Tulip’s charges in the Premier League, with their only deadlock-breaker so far this term, enigmatic Belgian Adnan Januzaj, as likely as not to drop to the bench for this fixture.
There should be goals around though, with five of the last six between these two in all competitions seeing the 2.5-goal barrier breached, priced up at evens this time round.
Three of their past four clashes have ended in 2-1 Swansea wins. At 21/2, having at least a nibble on Ashley Williams and co keeping that trend going seems entirely sensible.
For the fully converted, Gomis to score first/Swansea to win 2-1 can be backed at 40/1.