Football: Auto Matic…

The Premier League’s Saturday brunch fixture sees Manchester United visit Swansea City at the Libery Stadium.

United arrive as pundit and  punter darlings after a 4-0 dismantling of West Ham on the opening weekend.

The Red Devils look hugely strengthened by key Summer additions and contenders for title honours.

Swansea in contrast have lost talisman Gylfi Siggurdson, and with Llorente still down the doctors, the team looks ill equipped for today’s challenge.

Everything about United looks too short in price, so we will turn to regular favourite market – Man of the Match.

Assuming a Utd win, a wide margin brings goalscorers into the mix, but anything less than that says “playmaker”.

We expect a cosy 2-0 for the visitors and the match gong can head to Nemanya Matic.

His move from Chelsea has been widely touted as the dumbest player sale of the year, and his barnstorming midfield display against the Hammers was cited as instant proof of that concept, and earned him the Man of the Match award even on a day when debut big money signing Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace.

It may seem unusual that an ostensibly defensive midfielder would get back-to-back gongs, but it is the stock in trade of co-commentators to over-emphasise a point, and there has to be a reasonable chance of that happening here.

Recommendation:  Matic,  Man of the Match,  1pt win, 12/1 Paddy Power 

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