Cardiff City will be hoping to do what they did to Manchester City to their great rivals Manchester United as the Red Devils rock up in South Wales for the first time in Premier League history.
Malky Mackay’s men stunned the former Premier League champions 3-2 earlier in the season as they bullied their more illustrious opponents into submission and exposed their soft centre and weakness from set-pieces.
Although this isn’t a vintage Man Utd team, David Moyes has finally got the rolling in recent weeks, winning four of their last five games and you can always guarantee with a Moyes team that they will be defensively organised on the road.
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David Moyes has now won six of his first 11 league games in charge of Man Utd. Sir Alex Ferguson won just four of his first 11 league games as manager at the club.
Cardiff will struggle to repeat their big price defeat of City and all the money should be plunging on an away win in this clash at 4/6 with Paddy Power. As well as lumping on the 4/6, shrewd value hunters are advised to also take note of the 7/4 for the visitors, who are looking very organised at the back, to win to nil against a timid Cardiff attack.
After a bright start to life in the big league, Cardiff are stuttering a little, their win over Swansea was their first in five matches and they have only scored two goals in the last four games, with a lack of a top quality striker costing them dear. They are friendless in the market for this clash at 5/1 with the draw also seeing little action at 3/1.
So if United win, who gets the goals?
Simple. Robin Van Persie.
He’s back in his ruthless mood once again having scored four in his last four games, including the winner against Arsenal in the last round of fixtures. The Dutchman likes nothing more than scoring against newly promoted teams either having fired 12 goals in his last 12 matches against former Championship bossing sides.
Not only has Van Persie scored more goals than any other player in the Premier League since the start of 2011-12 (63), he’s also hit the woodwork the most often (19).
The 4/1 on him scoring first is hardly going to make you rich quick but you can’t really quibble at a winner at that price and punters should be latching on.