Rooney backed to maintain goalscoring form

United should come out comfortable victors

Title-chasing Manchester United face relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic this Boxing Day lunchtime, with many expecting the home side to tally up a cricket score.

Coming off their 5-0 success at Craven Cottage during the week, manager Sir Alex Ferguson faces more selection problems with Phil Jones and Ashley Young picking up knocks in the win. Jones has been cleared of any break in his jaw and could play on Boxing Day, but Young wasn’t as lucky and he is out for a few weeks following a knee injury.

Wigan, on the other hand, should be buoyed by their performances against two of the best the league has to offer. Home draws against Liverpool and Chelsea should give them hope that they can indeed get themselves out of the relegation scrap that they are currently in. A huge credit should go to 'keeper Ali Al-Habsi who saved a Charlie Adam penalty and produced many fine stops throughout the two contests.

If Wigan are to get anything out of this game, then Al-Habsi will need to be at his very best once again. Should United get an early goal, it could be a long afternoon for Roberto Martinez’s men.

Odds on the Reds to win are far too short, 1/6 an unattractive price for punters looking for some post-Christmas cheer. Heavily backed, United should come out comfortable victors and odds of a large winning margin could be the bet. Outcomes of 4-0 at 9/1 with Boylesports and 5-0 at 16/1 with Sky Bet are available for those of the belief that Wigan will leave Old Trafford with their tail well and truly between their legs.

Wayne Rooney has hit some good form recently, and is a short 4/7 to find the back of the net at anytime in the match. The England striker is also 11/4 to break the deadlock, but the value appears to be in the 3/1 that 888sport are offering on him finding the back of the net at least twice.

Recommended Bet:

Man Utd to win by three or more goals @ 5/4 with Sky Bet

Wayne Rooney to score twice @ 3/1 with 888sport

Written By:- Ben Gledhill (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 26/12/2011 - 10:13 AM
Filed in:- Man Utd Betting News, Manchester United, Watford

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