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Louis van Gaal seems to be job hunting at the moment, and he has been all over the newspapers and internet following rumours that he has already been in talks at Old Trafford with Manchester United. Reportedly a Glazer family remember also weighed in on the rumour that the Dutchman had been in talks about taking over from David Moyes in the summer.

No-one is going to argue the case that United have suffered a fall from grace, somewhat expected in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, but perhaps not to the magnitude of finishing the season empty hand. The poor season has also had ramifications going forward because the Red Devils are now at 40/1 to qualify for the Champions League next season too.

So missing out on UEFA’s top club competition could be costly, and it could well mean that their £150 million summer transfer fund doesn’t go quite as far as it perhaps should. So will it be current Holland boss Louis Van Gaal who has control of the purse strings in the summer? Is Moyes’ tenure there ready to come to an end in the summer?

Van Gaal is looking to step away from international management in the summer after Holland’s 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.

But the story may not be as clear cut as all that, because there have been rumours circling around, linking him with other clubs. There have been links with Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal as well for the Dutchman, so it may just be a little confusing as to where he could be heading to.

Is there a clear picture of who exactly, is sounding out the Dutchman?

Van Gaal has his credentials, having won league titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his managerial career, along with his many pieces of silverware from Ajax. He has had those couple of stints in charge of the Dutch national side as well, so is well travelled and has great experience.

Van Gaal is now up at 8/1 second favourite to be the next permanent manager at Old Trafford, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp still hanging around as 7/1 outright favorite. There has been no movement in the next Arsenal manager market, while Van Gaal, reported to be making a decision about the Spurs job in the next week, is 8/11 to take control of the Lilywhites.


April 15th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Champions League

Manchester United v Bayern Munich Betting Preview
It was a plucky and gutsy performance from the Red Devils at Old Trafford in the first leg, where they earned a draw. But they have conceded an away goal, and you know that they are pretty much going to be playing on the back foot for ninety minutes of the game in Germany on Wednesday.

Manchester United v Bayern Munich Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Bayern Munich 2/9, Draw 5/1, Man Utd 5/1

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Manchester United v Bayern Munich Betting Tips:
It still looks like a mountain to climb for Manchester United here, even though they will kick off with parity. They were outplayed for so long in the game at Old Trafford that you worry about them holding out in Germany. They haven’t got the ball retention skills to ease pressure off themselves and the European Champions will keep coming at them. Still, United have kept a clean sheet in five of their nine Champions League games this season, and that is the best record in this season’s competition. Everyone will be thinking of that famous 1999 Champions League final that United won against Bayern, but since then the stats are sobering. They have won just one of their seven encounters in the competition with Bayern since (W1 D3 L3). Interestingly, while United don’t look a powerhouse going forward, they have scored in each of their last 15 Champions League matches with German clubs.

The problem here for United is that they aren’t travelling too well. They took a 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage, but that has been their only win in their last six Champions League away games. So it is more than likely that they are going to need to find two goals on the night because you can see Bayern scoring at least one. United have never won in Bavaria, but they will perhaps have a glimmer of hope because of how Bayern struggled at home against Man City and Arsenal in this season’s Champions league. However, United can’t match either of their two fellow Premier League sides in terms of keeping possession. Bayern actually haven’t won any of their last four home games against english sides. United hold a W5 D4 L4 away record at Bundesliga sides. The Red Devils have won five and lost six of the 11 UEFA ties in which they had drawn at home in the first leg.

Bayern have won all but two of their 18 UEFA ties after drawing the first leg away from home. They have averaged a massive 70% possession in the Champions League this season, and that was even higher for them in the first leg at Old Trafford (74%). The Bundesliga champions have only failed to score in one of their last 28 Champions League matches (against Arsenal in March of 2013). They have also won six and drawn two of their last eight matches in the Champions League knockout stage, and again the last side to frustrate them was Arsenal back in 2013. Arjen Robben has won all four of Munich’s penalties in this season’s competition, but Bayern have only converted two of them. They didn’t quite click into top gear in the first leg and you can only imagine that they will turn up the heat back at home.

Prediction
Despite being pushed by Man City and Arsenal, it is hard to see Bayern Munich letting this one slip through their fingers. They are going to have enough to get the job done and would look to over 2.5 goals for a price of 1/2 with Paddy Power.

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Form (all competitions)
Bayern Munich DWDD, Man Utd LWWLWD

Stat Attack
United have kept a clean sheet in five of their nine Champions League matches this season
The Red Devils have won just one of their last seven against Bayern
Bayern have only lost two of their last 18 home matches in the Champions League, winning 14
Bayern have won six and drawn two of their last eight Champions League knockout matches


April 6th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Premier League Betting

Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Preview
This isn’t the big title clash which many thought that it could be at this stage of the season. The Red Devils aren’t likely to even finish in the top four at this rate and start the Manchester derby a massive twelve points behind third placed City as it is. City though do have big title ambitions and will be looking for an important three points at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man City 11/10, Man Utd 9/4, Draw 13/5

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Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Tips:
Back on September 22nd, the Citizens produced a tremendous display at the Etihad in thumping the Red Devils 4-1, including a brace from Sergio Aguero. Aguero misses this one through injury. The Citizens have pressure on them as they are trying to make the most of their games in hand over leaders Chelsea in title race. After a little stumble, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have gotten themselves back on course, winning their last three games on the bounce, and Yaya Toure weighed in with a hat trick on the weekend as they crushed Fulham 5-0 at the Etihad. City have big Anytime Goalscorer options in Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo at 13/8 with Toure at 15/8 in the absence of Sergio Aguero.

City have suffered defeats in four away matches this season, winning seven and drawing three. Their form of the road though has improved dramatically though over the second half of the season. They have scored at an average of two goals per game and have shipped at a rate of 1.3 per game on the road. This will probably go over 2.5 goals again. This is an important run of games for them, as they face Arsenal and Liverpool in two of the three games following this one. A defining run of games in their title ambitions. City have kept four clean sheets in a row now in the top flight. They are also in a good run of form against Manchester United having won four and lost one of the last five league meetings against their rivals.

United have had a decent week, in winning through in the Champions League and then taking a 2-0 win away at West Ham, including a wonder goal by Wayne Rooney. Rooney has netted five in his last five games in all competitions against City and is priced up at 7/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. The Red Devils have lost as many Premier League home games this season as they have in the previous three seasons put together. They are without a win in their last two at Old Trafford, a draw against Fulham and a 3-0 defeat by Liverpool. United have lost all four north west derbies in the Premier League this season. Not totally convincing and they are missing Robin van Persie and have lost the last two at home against City.

Prediction
City’s away form is good, having lost none of their last eight away games in the top flight and they have kept clean sheets in three of their last four on the road. That should be good enough for a point and while pride is a factor, City just have so much more to play for and are a decent price to back for an outright win.

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Form (all competitions)
Man Utd DWLWLW, Man City LWWLLW

Stat Attack
Man City have lost none of their last eight away games in the Premier league
United have lost five home matches this season, winning just six of fourteen
City have won four of the last five league meetings with United
Wayne Rooney has five in his last five games in all competitions against City


March 23rd, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Champions League

Manchester United v Olympiakos Betting Preview
Well, there aren’t too many people who would have predicted that United would be in a hole after the first leg. But the Premier League side have to try and overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg if they are going to make it through to the quarter finals. Their confidence may be pretty low after a bettering at Old Trafford in the Premier League on the weekend.

Manchester United v Olympiakos Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Man United 1/2, Draw 7/2, Olympiakos 6/5

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Manchester United v Olympiakos Betting Tips:
The Red Devils shot themselves in the foot badly in the first leg after putting in one of their dour performances which lacked any bite. However, history makes them favourites to win the second leg as they have produced a victory in all of their home games against Greek sides. United were reasonably comfortable in topping their group unbeaten, but then they just crumbled out in Greece. There was no pace in the side, no urgency, no conviction and no flow. You don’t expect to see a side of United’s status struggling against average sides like Olympiakos. But the Greeks wanted it more and inflicted a first defeat on United, after the Red Devils had won all four previous meetings between the two sides. Man Utd do have a 100% home record in the Champions League this season, beating Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have also posted 13 wins and just one loss in their last 15 champions League matches at home, so again, history favours them. They have lost the first leg of two-legged UEFA competition tie sixteen times before in their history and only six times have they clawed their way back to progress. So that shows the weight of the task that they do have in front of them. When facing two goals deficits back at Old Trafford, they have won three and lost four ties. Even money options in the anytime goalscorer market at Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, so there is class up front, but things behind them just aren’t clicking. You do expect them to get on the scoresheet though, as the last time that they failed to find the back of the net at home in a Champions League knockout stage game was against AC Milan back in 2006. On the evidence of the first leg, may just be worth looking at Both Teams To Score here, because United look likely to give things away.

Olympiakos haven’t enjoyed their trips to England before. In the Champions League alone they have been there seven times and have lost on every occasion. Their overall record in England has seen them make eleven visits and suffer eleven defeats. In each of those Champions League away matches they have conceded at least two goals and have never scored more than one goal in any of those seven games either. You know, they can come out and be as boring and as stubborn as they like and they have and they have only lost once by more than one goal in their last seven knockout matches (against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 3-0). If they do hold on here, it will be the first time since the 1998/99 season that they will have been at the quarter final stage.

Prediction
Manchester United should be winning this game. But they looked tactically terrible on the weekend in a defeat against Liverpool. They are weak through the middle and the more they push the more they could be open to counter attacks. Still, while they don’t scream confidence, perhaps still worth backing as outright win at 1/2.

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Form (all competitions)
Man Utd DDWLWL, Olympiakos WWWLLW

Stat Attack
United have won all four of their Champions League home games against Greek sides
The Red Devils have won 13 of their last 15 CL knockout matches at home, losing one
Olympiakos have lost all previous 11 visits to England
The Greek club have only lost one of their last seven knockout matches by more than 1 goal


March 18th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Manchester United - Old Trafford

Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Preview
Certainly a big super Sunday coming up and usually this fixture has things the other way around in it. It’s usually United looking for title points, with Liverpool aiming to just secure a top four spot. It’s roles reversed this time and the Reds are looking to hit Old Trafford and do the league double over their rivals.

Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Man United 6/4, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 5/2

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Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Tips:
The Red Devils priced at 6/4 for a home win? Says a lot really. If they are still harbouring realistic top four ambitions, then they have to grind out a win here. The Red Devils trail fourth-placed Man City by nine points heading into the weekend and so have a tremendous amount of work to do. Still, they are on a four match unbeaten streak in the top flight now, winning their last two, both away from home. United have kept three clean sheets on the bounce now, but they are going to have their back line tested in this one. They lost 1-0 at Anfield earlier in the season and going under 2.5 goals again, based on United’s run of defensive form, fetches a price of 11/10 with Paddy Power. The last two games between them have finished under the mark.

However, the weight of the defensive task ahead of Manchester United is summed up by the fact that only Arsenal have kept a clean sheet against Liverpool in their last 16 Premier League away games. So the Reds have away goals in them. But the Red Devils have good home form against Liverpool, having won eight of the last nine Premier League clashes at Old Trafford (W8 D0 L1). Robin van Persie is worth eying up in the anytime goalscorer market for a price of 6/4, with Rooney back at 7/4. Van Persie has netted six goals in his last seven Premier League starts against Liverpool. There are quality strikers on the pitch and Both Teams To Score is priced at 4/7 with Paddy Power.  Having three of their last seven league games at Old Trafford, there are big question marks over their home form.

Liverpool are eleven points clear of United and need to extend their winning streak in the top flight to five to keep up the pressure on leaders Chelsea. Liverpool have goals in them and they are the league’s top scorers this term with 73. Daniel Sturridge has netted in his last two league games for Liverpool against Man Utd and is a 7/5 shot in the anytime scorer market. Sturridge has scored or assisted in 23 goals this season, only bettered in the top flight by Luis Suarez who has scored or assisted in 34 goals. Big partnership there and Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches, and are four on the road without defeat. They have scored three or more goals in each of their last four league games too. It was a sheer tactical triumph for Brendan Rodgers over United at Anfield earlier in the season. But can he snap Liverpool’s poor form at OT?

Prediction
Liverpool should still take most of the attacking impetus here in this game. United haven’t been good at home and that should allow Liverpool to expose them. The red flag is United’s run of home form against the Reds, but a Liverpool Draw No Bet could be worth the coverage for Even Money at Paddy Power.

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Form (all competitions)
Man Utd LDDWLW, Liverpool DWWLWW

Stat Attack
Liverpool have been awarded seven penalties this season
Six of the last 10 goals in this fixture have been scored in the 15 minutes after half time
Liverpool have scored in 15 of their last 16 EPL away games
United have won eight of the last nine at home in the league against Liverpool
Only Everton v Liverpool has seen more red cards in the EPL than this fixture has


March 13th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Paddy Power

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Rooney has woken up again after a bit of a drought, having scored in each of United’s last two matches in the Premier League. In assists and goals combined, only Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been involved in the most Premier League goals this season than the United front man. Rooney’s last goals against Liverpool though came back in this corresponding fixture in the 2011/12 season when he netted a brace in a 2-1 win.

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March 13th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Champions League

Man Utd v Olympiakos Betting Preview
Putting their Premier league struggles aside, the Red Devils were pretty comfortable throughout the group stage in the Champions League and were handed an easy looking tie for the round of sixteen. Defensively its damage limitation in the first leg for United, who will hope that they can get an away goal on the board to have a comfortable return fixture back at Old Trafford.

Man Utd v Olympiakos Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Man Utd 6/5, Draw 23/10, Olympiakos 5/2

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Man Utd v Olympiakos Betting Tips:
United hold an unbeaten record against the Greek side, indeed, the Red Devils have never lost a match against any opponent from Greece. United won their group with a match to spare and went unbeaten throughout their six matches to round things out with. In four previous matches against Olympiakos, United have posted wins in each of them. United have won three of those without having conceded as well, so a United To Win To Nil bet may tempt punters at a price of 2/1, which is always a bit of a gamble on an away side. But the Red Devils have scored 12 and conceded just the two goals in those four previous meetings.

They have only conceded three goals this season in the Champions League, the joint best record in the group stage. They haven’t shipped a goal in their last four Champions League matches. They are going to need those defensive strengths as the last time that Untied went past the round of 16 in the championship, was back in 2010/11. Although he had been on a bit of a dry spell, Wayne Rooney has posted two and goals and three assists in his last five Champions League matches. He is trading at a price of 7/4 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Robin van Persie at Even money. United’s overall record against Greek sides standings at W8 D2 L0. They really should negotiate this one safely.

Olympiakos just squeezed through their group stage, finishing three points back of winners Paris St Germain, but level on points with Benfica. it was the head to head difference against the Portuguese side which saw the Greeks get through. They will be trying to put a big dent in United’s great record against Greek sides. A positive for them is that they have gone unbeaten in their last five home games against English side. United were actually the last English side to beat them at home, back in October of 2002. To add to their home strengths, they have won six of their last eight home matches in the Champions League and have never failed to score in those eight games. Perhaps worth looking at a Both Teams To Score wager then for a price of 5/6 with Paddy Power.

This is the first time that they have been back in the round of sixteen since the 2009/10 season. They are actually carrying some great form, having won their last six matches in a row in all competitions. They have the kind of home record which could stand up to United, who you wouldn’t expect to be explosive. It may offer a shot at Olympiacos – Draw Double Result for a price of 3/4 with Paddy Power. They beat Arsenal last year in the group stage and that makes it three wins in a row on home soil against English sides, and their overall home record against sides from England stands at W5 D3 L3. It’s not that bad, and with back to back wins in the Champions at home as well, they may frustrate United for long periods.

Prediction
Olympiakos may be able to get under the skin of United, even though the Red Devils should get thorough comfortably over the two legs. Tough game to call, the Red Devils do have far better firepower and defensively they have been strong in this season’s competition. Would consider a United Draw No Bet for a worst case scenario of a draw of a price of 1/2 with Paddy Power.

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Form (all competitions)
Man United WWLDDW, Olympiakos WWWWWW

Stat Attack
United are unbeaten against Greek sides
Olympiakoss have won their last three home games against English sides
The Greeks are unbeaten in their last eight European home games, scoring in each
United are unbeaten in this season’s Champions League, conceding just three goals


February 25th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

Arsenal v Man Utd Betting Preview
It speaks volumes about Man Utd’s status at the moment when they are heading to Arsenal as underdogs. There is no place to escape for David Moyes at the moment after his side slumped to another disappointing result, only managing a 2-2 draw at home against Fulham on the weekend. Arsenal fared worse though, getting hammered 5-1 at Anfield by Liverpool. So both really need a confidence boosting win, and the Gunners are favourites to get it.

Arsenal v Man Utd Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Arsenal 11/10, Draw 12/5, Man Utd 12/5

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Arsenal v Man Utd Betting Tips:
Big questions to be asked of Arsenal now as they look to respond to their heavy defeat and get their title challenge going again. There have been signs that their performance levels have been dropping, and that they perhaps are running out of a bit of steam, not helped by some key personnel missing. Arsene Wenger’s men are still in the title race and they can confirm that with a character building victory here. Their season could hinge now all on what they are able to respond with in this match. They haven’t gone too well at home against United recently, having posted just the one win in their last five against the Red Devils in all competitions.

Arsenal will also be out for a bit of revenge after losing 1-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, with Robin van Persie scoring the goal. How they’d still love to have his goal input around as they are light up top. Still Olivier Giroud is trading a4 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Saturday’s dismal performance snapped a good run of form for Arsenal, so is it all doom and gloom or was just that an anomalous blot on their copybook? Before their defeat at Anfield, Arsenal had strung together six wins and two draws in eight league games. That is why the manner of defeat was so surprising, they just didn’t perform in any area of the field. Prior to the Liverpool game, Arsenal have kept five clean sheets in eight.

So do Arsenal have a response? They may well have. They have only lost just the one home game this season in the top flight, winning nine and drawing two alongside that. There could be home comforts having won their last five in a row there in all competitions, and have not conceded in their last six. Indeed, they have let in one home goal in their last eleven in all competitions at the Emirates. As they need a solid, organised performance, wouldn’t particularly expect a high goal return and going under 2.5 goals, as the last two meetings have done, is probably a good option at a price of Even money with Bet365.

That man Robin van Persie has scored in each of the last five meetings between these two sides, twice for United and three times with Arsenal. But they have dark clouds over their heads and despite their attacking options now, the Dutchman is the only one seemingly doing anything on the pitch. Confidence is low and the dressing room after drawing 2-2 against Fulham will have been a depressing place. They conceded early in the game and while it looked as if two late goals would save their blushes against rock bottom Fulham, the Red Devils were denied by a late equaliser from Darren Bent out of nowhere.

United have now just three wins in their last nine in all competitions, and five of those matches have been lost. You can’t find much in their away form at the moment to instill confidence, having lost their last three in a row in all competitions. It is likely that they will get on the scoresheet given what they have available, and seeing them priced up at 3/4 in a Double Result speaks volumes about where they are at right now.

Prediction
You would look at Arsenal’s home form and all the clean sheets which they have been racking up and see a pretty bankable side in this one. Don’t see it being a high scoring game as both will be looking to get out unscathed in this one and a 1-1 Correct Score may well be worth a punt at 6/1, but there is better value in backing Arsenal outright. They have kept ten clean sheets in their last 11 at the Emirates and you would expect them to perform better than they did against Liverpool.

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Form (all competitions)
Arsenal WWWDWL, Man Utd WLWWLD

Stat Attack
Arsenal have conceded 1 goal in their 11 matches in all competitions at home
Robin van Persie has scored in each of the last five meetings between the two sides
Six of Arsenal’s last eight home games in the league have been won by a 2-0 scoreline
United have won two of their last five league matches

 


February 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football News

Will Juan Mata still be at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea come the end of the January transfer window? The bookmakers have been leaning heavily towards the out of favour Spaniard being let go before the close of the month, so have they got it right? Chelsea’s 2012/13 player of the year has found himself resigned to the sidelines this season since the return of Jose Mourinho to the club.

The rumours have been growing stronger that the club would be prepared to sell him, even to Manchester United, even though the Red Devils won’t even entertain the idea of sending Wayne Rooney to a main rival in the English top flight.

There has been a lot of transfer speculation about Mata all season and foreign interest from Napoli and Paris St Germain has been well reported. But in some odds movement at online betting site Skybet this week, it made the probability of Mata heading out of Stamford Bridge (for a reported £37 million or more) even more of a reality. Will he really be trotting off to Old Trafford though?

Juan Mata is priced at 4/7 to leave Chelsea before the end of January at online betting site Skybet. In the bookmaker’s Juan Mata Next Club market, the price on Manchester United being the ones to capture him, was trimmed from 11/2 on Monday down to 4/7. Back at the turn of the new year, punters could have taken odds of 25/1 that Mata would be signing for Manchester United.

Sky Bet football trader Joe Petyt said: “We’d seen a few bets at big prices over the last month or so but on Sunday night the types of bets we were taking changed.

“We saw a few maximum bets at 11/2 and ever since customers have been taking whatever price we put up.

“He’s now just 4/7 but that still hasn’t put people off getting as much as they can on the move going through.”

But really, would Chelsea allow Mata to go to a Premier League rival? In his past tenure at Chelsea, Mourinho rejected any moves of shipping his players out to any rivals, and that may be a big stumbling block for Manchester United’s supposed desires. Some are questioning just how Mata would even fit into the picture at Old Trafford and are guessing that David Moyes may be panic buying just to appease the restless United fans, especially after losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge recently against the Blues.

Mata’s strenght is playing centrally behind the main striker, but that is the very role in which Wayne Rooney performs for the Red Devils, and he has been United’s best player this season by a country mile, doing that job. So with Mata not a wide player, how would Moyes fit him in, or does the United boss have bigger plans such as changing up his entire system of two wide players and a support player behind a main striker?

Does a Mata move to Old Trafford seem viable? He is around 2/1 to remain with Chelsea at the close of the January transfer window.


January 22nd, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Football Betting

Manchester United v Sunderland Betting Preview
After losing in the Premier League to Chelsea on the weekend, David Moyes will be looking for a response from his troops here because there is a real shot at silverware here in the Capital One Cup. It’s unlikely that they’ll get any from anywhere else this season. Still, they have to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first leg at the Stadium of Light. They have a long unbeaten run on home soil against the Black Cats in all competitions and that will tempt punters into backing them to get the job done on Wednesday night.

Manchester United v Sunderland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man Utd 4/11, Draw 15/4, Sunderland 15/2

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Manchester United v Sunderland Betting Tips:
Despite losing in the first leg after an own goal by Ryan Giggs and a penalty kick from Fabio Borini, Manchester United are still favourites to make it to Wembley. David Moyes was pretty dejected after his side lost at Stamford Bridge on the weekend, which saw them drift further out of the Premier League title race. United have actually suffered defeats in four of their last five matches played now in all competitions. So they are struggling and aren’t playing convincing stuff at all. They have been massively missing the influences of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Still, you can look for a big positive in United’s home form against the Black Cats, as the Red Devils have won the last three against Sunderland at Old Trafford. They have conceded just the one goal in those three matches too. Sunderland have failed to post a win at Old Trafford since back in 1968 in the old English Division One.

So the history books points to a United win and the bookmakers are supporting that heavily. In the last seven against Sunderland at Old Trafford, United have posted five clean sheets so that should push punters towards a good United To Win To Nil bet which is being priced up at  11/10 with Bet365. A trip to Wembley is in their sights and they surely are not going to blow their lines on home soil are they? If they do, the fans may just start turning on Moyes even more. In the Over/Under 2.5 goals market, the bookies are suggesting that there will be returns here as over is at 7/10, but there may be better value going under at 11/10. United have not been particularly proficient in front of goal at Old Trafford this season and you just know that Sunderland are going to try and park the bus. If United pull out to a 2-0 lead then they are likely just going to keep things tight from there.

Sunderland cannot get themselves away from the drop zone in the Premier League and were second best at the Stadium of Light despite hanging on for a 2-2 draw against Southampton on the weekend. Still, perhaps the cup fates are with them, after beating Chelsea in the quarter finals and taking the win over United in the first leg of the semis. Sunderland have only lost one of their last six matches in all competitions and they have actually found the back of the net eleven times in their last four played. Fabio Borini may be an attractive proposition for many, after scoring the winner against Chelsea in the last round and netting the penalty in the first leg. He also found the back of the net on the weekend as well in the league. But Sunderland do have that long winless run going at Old Trafford, but can they knuckle down and get the draw that would take them through to Wembley? Punters will naturally have concerns over their defence. Sunderland haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six matches and that could spell trouble for them. That really could be their downfall on the road here.

Prediction
The Red Devils will have some strong backing in this one, even though they have been racking up the losses recently. History suggests that this is only going to go one way and a 2-0 Correct Score shot at Old Trafford for United at 5/1 looks to be a decent punt. It would just about see them  get across the line comfortably.

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Form (all competitions)
Man United WLLLWL, Sunderland DLWWWD


January 20th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting










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