Soccer Picks & Tips for Manchester United vs Swansea

Nila Amerova

Monday, January 6, 2014 6:57 PM GMT

A slow start to the New Year has Man U looking to bounce back at the weekend against Swansea City as English top flight returns to the forefront of soccer betting markets. Find out what early odds are currently in swing and where the value soccer picks are to be had.

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Manchester United title hopes fading

Tottenham’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in week 20 EPL betting effectively dashed Manchester United’s hopes of successfully defending their title this season, now drifting as far out as +2500 on futures odds at Bet365. To add insult to injury, Man U were dumped from FA Cup action this week. A shock upset at Old Trafford (yet again) where Swansea City stunned David Moyes and Co. – reduced to 10 men after late substitute Fabio received a red card – with a last minute goal that lifted Swans to an unexpected 2-1 victory.

Not only was the latest Old Trafford shocker an extension of Man U’s poor home form this season, but it was also yet another instance of upsetting the soccer odds that’s been a rather frequent occurrence in English top flight this season and, in turn, a profitable exercise for soccer bettors bold enough to bank on  those corresponding underdogs.

With the defeat to Spurs marking the third home defeat in four games the debate about David Moyes’ suitability as the heir to Sir Fergusson’s legacy gains momentum once again, not to mention pressure is mounting on the new manager and his men, as the future outlook grows grimmer and grimmer by the week.

What do sportsbooks have to say about it all? Curiously, despite these doubts and recent setbacks, soccer-betting markets maintain a rather favourable stance, sending the Red Devils into their next home fixture as the whopping favourites at -225 to win outright. Ironically, they are fancied so against the very same side that just dumped them out of FA Cup and heaped more misery upon Moyes’ tenure.

Week 21 EPL betting effectively takes us back to the beginning, an eternity ago when Man U’s bright start to the season on the back of a 4-1 victory over Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on August 17 seemed to promise an auspicious 2013-2014 season for the new manager. In hindsight, that happy result and the ensuing Man U faithful’s bonhomie was premature, given that the Red Devils have been stuttering along ever since in domestic action, showing the strains of adjusting to the club’s new Moyesque era.

Outside of the elite six, on a 10-4-6 mark and 34 points, the pressure is indeed on seventh-placed Manchester United and nowhere more so than at Old Trafford where they are just 4-2-4 this season. Indeed, the upcoming fixture against Swansea City is going to be crucial towards saving face in Premier League and, in some part, towards making amends for the debacle of their FA Cup campaign.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Swansea City by any stretch of the imagination. Sat 13th in the league table on the back of a 5-6-9 mark and 21 points, Swans are finding balancing several campaigns on many fronts challenging. Road form in top flight is so-so at 3-2-5 to boot, which perhaps goes towards explaining their hefty soccer odds of +650 at Bet365 to exact a fourth defeat in five games on Man U at Old Trafford.

But the Swans are bolstered by their recent upset at the Old Trafford and you can bet they’ll fancy their chances once again. Moreover, Man U have a League Cup fixture against Sunderland on Tuesday to contend with before they can begin preparations for their weekend date. Travel, pressure, busy schedule and inconsistency aren’t exactly an ideal remedy for Man U’s ongoing pain.

Man U vs. Swansea City betting tips and picks:

It’s not often that a side comes off to the good in defeat but such was the case of Swansea in their 3-2 defeat to Man City at Liberty Stadium on New Year’s Day, a match that they clearly took positives from only to build upon against Man U. And they did so successfully to their credit. That the hosts went down a man shouldn’t take anything away from Swans or the deserved victory. In fact, it only highlights one of Man U’s underlying issues: a lack of discipline. To date, Man U boasts one of the league’s highest cards collections this season an issue that if they don’t tackle soon will surely continue to cost them dearly in the table. In fact, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if cards factor between the pair yet again. Man U have revenge on their mind, not least saving face before the grim Old Trafford faithful.

Given how poorly Man U have played at Old Trafford their odds of -225 to win outright seem a bit too fancied. Of course, it will still be a shock to most if Swans actually do pull off a second straight upset over Red Devils at Old Trafford, so the overwhelming soccer betting trend favours Man U to win outright. If back-to-back Man U defeats offend the sensibilities but you’re not entirely convinced by Man U on the win, perhaps you’ll find the draw tempting at +320 soccer odds at Bet365.

That said at +650 soccer odds for a Swansea win, can you find could cause not to bank on the upset on your soccer picks. You must admit it’s a tempting notion especially right now when the iron is hot and there is no better time to strike. Go on you have to admit it’s possible after three home defeats in four Premier League games, four in their last six home games. Better yet, it’s probable. That’s what sports betting is all about after all: weighing the probabilities. Heck, we’re banking on it. Why not!

Free Soccer Picks: Swansea to beat Man U at +650 soccer odds.