Betting suggests United heading for the summit

United will once again rely on Wayne Rooney to provide the firepower

Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off sees Manchester United travel to West London to take on QPR at Loftus Road, knowing that victory will take them to the Premier League summit - for a few hours at least.

All the talk of a ‘crisis season’ at United has certainly been over-hyped in recent weeks. Despite their early exit from the Champions League, Sir Alex Ferguson and his troops find themselves only two points behind big spenders Manchester City in the Premier League. 11 wins and only one defeat (albeit a 6-1 thrashing) from 15 games is hardly disastrous, but such are the high standards set at United, the players have found themselves under immense scrutiny.

The big news this week was that Fergie will be without midfielder Darren Fletcher for the foreseeable future - the Scotland international will take a prolonged break from football as he attempts to overcome a chronic bowel condition. Fletcher joins fellow central midfielders Anderson, Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverly on the sidelines, so don’t be surprised to see Phil Jones as the man Ferguson relies on as his midfield anchorman. With Javier Hernandez and Michael Owen both ruled out and Dimitar Berbatov still doubtful, United will once again rely on Wayne Rooney to provide the firepower. After scoring a double last week, Rooney will be out to, once again, prove his few doubters wrong. Bet365 are offering 5/6 on Rooney to score anytime and 10/3 to bag the first.

Meanwhile, QPR’s central defender Anton Ferdinand will undergo a late fitness test, and could feature, despite initially being ruled out for at least two weeks. Neil Warnock may also have first choice keeper Paddy Kenny back between the sticks, as he also faces a late fitness test and has a 50/50 chance of starting. If he doesn’t recover in time, Radek Cerny will provide more than adequate cover. Heidar Helguson has been QPR’s main goal-scoring threat this season and has scored six goals in his last seven league games. He is a huge 11/1 with Bet365 to grab the opener, whilst Sky Bet offer an eye-catching 10/3 on him scoring anytime.

This is the opportunity that United have been waiting for. A chance to reclaim top-spot and finally put a little pressure on their city rivals - who take on an in-form Arsenal side, just hours later. After City’s first league defeat on Monday, the bookmakers have reacted quickly and United have now been reduced to a best-priced 2/1 with most firms to end the campaign as Champions. This may not be the case after Sunday’s games and now may be the time to lump your money on Fergie’s men if you believe they can claim their 20th league title.

Recommended Bets:

Manchester United to win @ 1/2 with Ladbrokes

Wayne Rooney to score anytime @ 5/6 with Bet365

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 16/12/2011 - 11:07 AM
Filed in:- Leicester Betting News, Manchester United, Leicester City

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