Swansea v Man Utd Betting Tips
It will be a case of friends reunited at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Paul Clement was a key member of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff during his first spell in charge at Chelsea and the two men share many similar views on how football should be played.
After their master and apprentice relationship with Chelsea, Clement and Mourinho meet as equals for the first game of the Premier League’s second weekend.
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Swansea comes into Saturday’s game on the back of a hard earned point away to Southampton. Clement worked incredibly hard on the Swans’ defensive shape last season and he was delighted that they could keep the Saints at bay.
Man Utd also secured a clean sheet in their opening game of the season but they were much more impressive going forwards, putting four goals past a sorry West Ham side.
That result has seen United shorten up in the outright betting for the Premier League and in the betting for Saturday’s game. In fact, the best price you’ll get on Mourinho’s men is the 4/11 that Coral are quoting.
We think that Man Utd will win the game but that price is still a little short. So, combine the win with the match having under 2.5 goals for a bigger return at 11/5 (also with Coral).
Clement knows Mourinho so well that he won’t be surprised with the summer dealings the Portuguese did at Old Trafford.
Man Utd now have a squad very much in their manager’s image. They still have to prove themselves as an attacking force consistently but we all know just how tough it will be to score against them.
David De Gea won’t have an afternoon off in the Man Utd goal but he should secure another clean sheet which can be backed at 4/5 with Bet365.
The late goals that Man Utd scored against West Ham put the gloss on that performance but what was most impressive was the way that they scored either side of half time.
Romelu Lukaku’s opener meant West Ham went in at the break dejected and Man Utd should be in the lead at half time once again at the Liberty Stadium. So, have a bet on the Man Utd 1-0 first half score line which is 21/10 with Paddy Power.
Clement will have special plans to deal with Lukaku as he is Man Utd’s biggest threat. However, the danger with focusing too much on the Belgian is that it gives space to the other dangerous players.
Marcus Rashford knows exactly how to exploit time and pace which makes him look a good first goalscorer bet at 9/2 with Betfair.
Clement was very happy with the performances of Alfie Mawson and Federico Fernandez in the heart of the Swansea defence against Southampton.
They will have their hands full trying to keep Lukaku quiet but if they work well together they may be able to limit his chances.
With the two centre backs dealing with Man Utd’s one striker through the middle the full backs have to be switched on to the threat posed by the pace and guile that United have in wide positions. The pivotal moments of Saturday’s game could well come from wide positions.
In the midfield, Mourinho will be hoping for another commanding performance from Nemanja Matic.
The Serb was magnificent on his home debut and he’ll have to be again because in Leroy Fer, Leon Britton and Tom Carroll, Swansea quality of their own in middle.
- Man Utd have won two and drawn one of their last three meetings with Swansea
- Before that, it was three wins in the row for Swansea in this fixture from August 2014 to August 2015
- The win over West Ham meant that Man Utd have now lost just two of their last 28 Premier League games
- Man Utd have kept three league clean sheets in a row but their defence will need to be sharp against a Swansea team who have won their last three home league games
Swansea – Fabianski; Mawson, Fernandez, Naughton, Olsson; Fer, Britton, Carroll; Routledge, Ayew, Abraham
Man Utd – De Gea; Jones, Bailly, Valencia, Blind; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Mata Rashford, Lukaku