* Last 2 weeks: From 7 tips, winners at 14/1, 4/1, 23/10 and 7/4
Manchester United have still not drawn a game in the Premier League this season and it's no real fluke. Sir Alex Ferguson has decided that the best way to go with this current team is to be prepared to ship goals in the quest to score lots themselves. And given the talent of their frontmen, more often than not it's a formula that works. The Red Devils have blasted in 21 goals on the road - five more than anyone else - but also let in 14 which is only three less than bottom club Reading. Therefore, rather than back the leaders at 4/6 to win at Swansea in Sky's early Sunday game (SS1 HD, 1.30pm), take the 2/1 that United win and both teams score. Michael Laudrup's men are the joint fourth highest scoring home team in the top-flight this season so the above bet makes sense on lots of levels. Robin van Persie has scored in each of his last four games for United while Michu has netted five in his last five for Swansea. The pair are the Premier League's most prolific marksmen with 12 goals each so take the 6/1 that both score. Van Persie, by the way, has netted in 11 United games this season in which they've won with both teams scoring so that highlights the strength of both bets.
After winning 4-1 at Norwich and 3-1 at Liverpool in their last two away games, Aston Villa certainly look big at 15/2 to take victory at Chelsea in Sunday's second live Sky offering (SS1 HD, 4pm). Then again, I'm a fan of Chelsea under Rafa Benitez. He's a world-class coach and at Stamford Bridge he seems to have the attacking players he always craved whilst in charge at Liverpool. Rafa's Chelsea have plundered 17 goals in their last five games and Fernando Torres now has six in five. As the net has bulged 16 times in the last three meetings between this pair, the goals markets could be the place to head to. There are plenty of options but I like the special Sky Bet price boost offer on Villa's in-form striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian has netted in five of his last 11 Villa games and four of those have been the opener. Chelsea are letting a few in so back Benteke at 12/1 to score the game's first goal.
Sky Bet have a host of 2013 Specials and this week we'll look at some of the football ones. In price order, it's 11/8 that Cristiano Ronaldo scores 70+ goals in all competitive games and the same odds that goal line technology is introduced in the Premier League. Of more appeal in my eyes is the 9/4 that Jose Mourinho manages in the Premier League. Others that look worth a go are the 6/1 that David Beckham is knighted, the 7/1 that Michael Owen doesn't start a game for Stoke and the intriguing 40/1 that Mario Balotelli scores against Manchester City for another club. Yes, he's got to leave and that team, presumably an overseas one, has got to draw City in a cup but fate often throws together such circumstances and Balotelli is just the sort of player who would relish the chance to put one over a former team. Lionel Messi is 10/1 to score 100+ goals in all comps and, finally, it's 16/1 that a footballer wins Sports Personality of the Year and the same price that a non-Premier League side wins the FA Cup.
Hopefully you followed last week's advice to back Wiggins 1st Ennis 2nd in Sky Bet's Sports Personality Straight Forecast market. It was only a 7/4 chance but a win's a win as they say. Next year's battle surely won't be as fierce with no Olympics to consider although there is still plenty of top sporting action. Sky Bet have already priced up the 2013 award and make Andy Murray (third this year) the 11/4 favourite ahead of Ennis at 4/1. Rory McIlroy comes next at 13/2 while Alastair Cook looks interesting at 7/1 as, don't forget, it's an Ashes summer. In fact, it's an Ashes winter too with England travelling to Australia just a few months later. Cricket will be very high profile in 2013 so Cook or even Kevin Pietersen at 40s could be worth a look.