Manchester United will be many punters’ bankers for a 3/4 triumph at Sunderland, having only failed to win both of their first two Premier League fixtures three times in 22 years since the top flight’s rebrand.
There will be a slightly more familiar feel to Louis van Gaal’s line-up in the north east, with one man in particular surely bouncing to get out of the blocks for the campaign.
Here are our three scorer picks for the Wearside clash.
Robin van Persie to score the first goal @ 7/2
The two-time Premier League top scorer, once with his current club, is available for his first appearance since the Netherlands missed out on a place in the World Cup final after a penalty shoot-out loss to Argentina.
Van Persie has got on the scoresheet in each of his first competitive starts over the last two campaigns, grabbing both goals in United’s 2-0 win against Wigan in the 2013/14 Community Shield.
With news emanating from the Red Devils camp that the 31-year-old has not suffered any injury setbacks and is likely to be in from the off against Gus Poyet’s men, there’s only one place your hard-earned first-scorer wedge should go.
Adnan Januzaj to score at any time @ 2/1
The newly-minted Belgium international notched twice in this fixture last term, which was his first senior start at club level, to ensure all three points headed north-west after Craig Gardner’s early opener.
Two or more Januzaj goals at the Stadium of Light for the second successive season is priced at 14/1, for those in search of a touch more risk.
Januzaj came on for the injured Jesse Lingard after 24 minutes at home to Swansea and gave left-back Neil Taylor a tough time, with the Welsh international substituted early in the second half.
With Lingard out and few wingers left in the Old Trafford cupboard, expect the ‘boy who can do anything’, in the words of the Stretford End faithful, to start against the Black Cats.
Sebastian Larsson to score at any time @ 13/2
Respected website WhoScored.com rated only three Premier League players more highly on opening weekend than Larsson, who capped a lung-busting performance at West Brom with an equalising goal five minutes from full time.
The Swede only notched twice in 2013/14, but his second was the winner in Sunderland’s shock 1-0 victory at Old Trafford – Ryan Giggs’ only loss during four matches as interim chief – so getting behind the man in form to bag again at a big price seems sensible.