The first trophy of the new season is up for grabs on Sunday as Premier League champions Manchester United take on FA cup winners Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield.
In manager David Moyes' first competitive game in charge United are heavy favourites against their Championship opposition, quoted as short as 1/9 to lift the Shield and around 1/4 to win the match in 90 minutes.
Wigan will be high in confidence following their emphatic 4-0 away win at Barnsley in their league opener at Oakwell. The Latics looked thoroughly impressive, and have managed to keep hold of most of their better players, including midfield maestro James McCarthy. New boss Owen Coyle has also made some astute signings including striker Grant Holt from Norwich, who scored on Saturday, and defender James Perch from Newcastle.
United, on the other hand, have endured a mixed pre-season with some unexpected defeats to weak opposition on their tour of Asia. David Moyes is yet to make his first signing as Red Devil's boss, and has already had some unwelcomed publicity with Wayne Rooney stating he wants to leave Old Trafford by handing in a transfer request.
Striker Robin Van Persie, who banged in 30 goals in all competitions in his first season with United, will be on many peoples bet slip to score in the game. However Wigan’s fantastic start under Coyle, added to the fact that they will already have played two competitive games over United, may suggest that this one may be a lot closer than the bookies think, with United possibly winning by just the odd goal.
Man United v Wigan Betting Tips
Man United to win 2-1 – 17/2 with Sky Bet
A £10 stake returns £95
Robin Van Persie to score first – 11/4 with Sky Bet
A £10 stake returns £37.50
Man United to win by exactly win goal – 3/1 with Sky Bet
A £10 stake returns £40
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