Manchester United v Swansea City Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews

April 26, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday 30 April – Old Trafford – Premier League

Manchester United are in the race for fourth and confidence will be high but Swansea remain in a relegation scrap and could prove awkward for the home side. As both sides have everything to lose, expect a cagey affair.

Past Meetings

Manchester United have regained control in meetings with the Welsh side, winning the past two, but it should be noted that Swansea won four of the five games before losing both fixtures last season.

Team News

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be missing until 2018, and he is not the only absentee for the home side. The Swede will be joined by Juan Mata, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba on the Old Trafford sidelines.

Swansea City have injury troubles on their own and will be without Angel Rangel, Martin Olsson, Leroy Fer, Jack Cork, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge. As most of the Swans’ injured party are long term absentees, it is unlikely to affect Paul Clement’s game plan.

Manchester United vs Swansea City Preview and Predictions

With so much riding on the final games of the Premier League season, Manchester United should be going all out, thus making them heavy favourites against one of the league’s bottom three. The Red Devils are priced at 2/5 for victory, and although a quick look at both sides’ recent form would encourage you to put your house on it, injuries to Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Herrera make the outcome that much harder to call.

Swansea City are a curious case. They have a squad brimming with talent and a coach that was once Carlo Ancelotti’s right hand man, but they just can’t get it right. Still reeling from the disastrous months of Bob Bradley, the Swans must pull together and realise that they are not actually that poor. Priced at 9/1 to take all three points from Old Trafford, such convincing underdog status shows just how much of a mess the Welsh side are in.

Marcus Rashford is favourite to open the scoring at 17/5, but this should be avoided as the young England international is looking like a one season wonder. Wayne Rooney can be found at 7/2, and he is the more likely candidate to give his side the lead. The former Everton man made a goal scoring return last week, and should be able to do the same on Sunday.

Recommended Bets

Manchester United to win 2-1 at 17/2

Although Mourinho’s men are flying high in the league table, their performances have been closer to a side in the bottom half. Despite having a squad worth more than what Swans fans could dream of, the encounter will be a lot tighter than it should be.

Fernando Llorente to score any time at 7/2

The big Spaniard has always been a man for the biggest of occasions and it doesn’t get much more high profile in the Premier League than a trip to Old Trafford. The former Juve man has netted in Champions League games against Real Madrid and Barcelona, so this current United side shouldn’t offer much of a challenge.

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