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Ladbrokes

Despite punters looking towards Manchester United landing the Premier League title this year, bookmakers have had a very different point of view. New boss Louis van Gaal seems to be carrying a lot of swagger and confidence into his early Old Trafford days. However, online betting site Ladbrokes have 8/15 that Van Gaal will finish his first season in England empty handed.

That was a price which had drifted from 1/2 on Thursday morning. It is highly likely though that the Dutchman is going to be lasting a lot longer than David Moyes did in the job and Van Gaal is 1/20 to outlast the Scotsman in the Old Trafford hot seat. Moyes lasted just the ten months, so not exactly a hard record to break, hence the short odds. With a price of 11/2 running on Manchester United to win the Premier League, they are going to make a tempting proposition for punters and they look for a season of revival. Without the distractions of European football, it could enhance their Premier League challenge.

The Red Devils are 4/7 to land in the top four at the end of the season and make their way back to Champions League football. The Red Devils have been priced up at 3/1 to win their first three games of the season under Van Gaal, while his 5/1 to guide them to four straight wins out of the blocks, 6/1 to win their first five and 10/1 to win their opening six.

Manchester United open against Swansea, then face Sunderland, Burnley, QPR, Leicester, West Ham and Everton in their opening six matches. So a pretty easy introduction to Premier League life for Van Gaal, having to play all three newly promoted clubs. The Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup treble is up at a price of 250/1.

Van Gaal said in his first Old Trafford press confidence: “I want to look at the players here at present. I know the players but I have not trained and coached them. It will take three or four weeks to see what they can do before we buy other players.”

That hasn’t stopped Ladbrokes taking bets betting on how many of Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha, Nani, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Bebe leave during the transfer window, with five their 15-8 favourite.


17th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Skybet

Louis van Gaal has been confirmed as new Manchester United boss, so what do the bookmakers think of his installation at Old Trafford? Online betting site Skybet have priced up Van Gaal at 11/8 to guide United to a piece of silverware in his first season in charge at the club.

There is a big summer ahead of course for Manchester United, who have a big transfer purse and need to badly overhaul their squad. While the appointment of Van Gaal has been announced, the Dutchman won’t take over until after the World Cup, where he is coaching Holland. So don’t expect the United spending spree to start until after that.

They look to be in the hunt for Seamus Coleman, Toni Kroos and Luke Shaw during the summer, all favourites to move to Old Trafford with SkyBet.

With David Moyes not lasting a full season in charge in his attempt to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, it is expected that the experienced Dutchman is going to be given more time than his predecessor, as Sky Bet are offering long odds of 3/1 that he won’t be in charge at the end of next season.

Manchester United are running at 11/2 to win the 2014/15 Premier League Title, and are up at 4/7 to land a top four finish which would see them back in the Champions League.

Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet’s Head of Football, said: “We’ve cut United’s title odds next season from as long as 7/1 during the end of Moyes’ reign to 11/2 when it became clear that van Gaal would be appointed, with the Dutchman odds-on for the post since shortly after we opened the market.

“Given van Gaal’s impressive CV, we’d have probably only shortened United’s outright odds further if Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola had been appointed.”


20th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Premier League Betting

Manchester United v Hull Betting Preview
Well the Ryan Giggs revival didn’t last long at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils slumped to a 1-0 defeat against the relegation-threatened Sunderland On the weekend. Quite where a side with lack of fight and creativity goes from there is a mystery. Hull though aren’t in the kind of form to be backed heavily in an away game though.

Manchester United v Hull Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man United 1/3, Draw /1, Hull 8/1

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Manchester United v Hull Betting Tips:
It was another disappointing home performance for the Red Devils on the weekend, their seventh home defeat of the season. Manchester United have now won just two of their last six home matches in the top flight, losing three of them. Tuesday will see them play their final home match of the season and even after the weekend’s poor performance, they are still odds on favourites here. Manchester United have won their last six league matches against Hull, including all five previous times that they have come together in the Premier League. You would expect them to extend that. Wayne Rooney, who is trading as 4/7 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, has scored six goals in four Premier League appearances against the Tigers. Four of those did come in the one match back in January of 2010 though. That was the only time that Rooney has scored more than three goals in a Premier League match.

Their tally of home defeats is the most they have suffered  in the top tier of English football since the 1973/74 season. They have lost more home games than Norwich and West Brom. Can they at least go out on a high? In their last six Premier League games, the Red Devils have either scored four goals in a game or have failed to score and have lost (W3 L3). That may prompt you to have a shot at 4-0 Correct Score, which looks a long shot after their performance on the weekend, frankly. However, the Red Devils did win this one 4-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture and they have scored four or more in each of their last three home games against the Tigers, in all competitions. You would expect them to come up with some kind of decent home send off and going over 2.5 goals is up at 8/15 with Bet365. They do have the form going against the Tigers to produce a win.

Hull have only managed to pick up one win in their last seven Premier League games now, losing four of those. So the FA Cup finalists are spluttering towards the end of the season. They aren’t going to get relegated, but will be a bit disappointed with their finish. Hull have only managed to win just three away games all season, and they have picked up just the one point in their last four. A heavy loss at Aston Villa on the weekend, won’t send backers their way for a trip to Old Trafford. The Tigers haven’t won any of their last ten league matches at Old Trafford, and have in fact, lost nine of those. They have also never managed to keep a clean sheet in any of those ten, conceding thirty goals in that sequence. So again, at least the stats would point to a big home win. Further still, Hull have only kept two clean sheets away from home all season, with only Fulham doing worse, with one.

Prediction
Given United’s track record against Hull, you should be jumping on them to get a good win on the board? Will they? A 1-0 home success would probably be cause to celebrate at this point. Don’t see United losing, and would back them to win to nil for extra value at 6/4.

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Form (all competitions)
Man Utd DWLLWL, Hull LWWLDL

Stat Attack
United are unbeaten in 10 league home games against Hull
The Tigers have conceded 30 goals in ten previous league visits to Old Trafford
United have scored four or more goals in each of the last three at home to the Tigers
Hull have only kept two clean sheets on the road this season


5th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Kagawa - Rooney (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Sunderland Betting Preview
So the Red Devils will likely do no better than sixth place this season, but at least some smiles were put back on their faces after a 4-0 rout of Norwich last week with Ryan Giggs in charge for the first time. Sunderland start the weekend outside of the drop zone, can they stay there?

Manchester United v Sunderland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man Utd 1/3, Draw 17/4, Sunderland 7/1

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Manchester United v Sunderland Betting Tips:
After showing some much better optimism and nature last week, Ryan Giggs steered the Red Devils to a comfortable win at Old Trafford over Norwich. They should do the same again this week, as Manchester United have won 10 and lost none of their last 12 Premier League home games against the Black Cats. Yes, United have been very poor at home this season, and yes, they only beat Norwich last week, however they look confident enough to finish the season with a bit of a swagger. United have won only two of their last five league games at Old Trafford, but they have won their last two on the bounce, scoring four goals in each of them. It will probably therefore, be worth going over 2.5 goals for this one for a price of 1/2 with Bet365.

Wayne Rooney is going to be a natural mark in the anytime goalscorer market, as he has netted six goals in his last five Premier League appearances, those six goals being returned in three braces. Rooney is trading at a price of 1/2 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Juan Mata looking  a great option at 5/4 after a brace last week, helped by being used in his correct position. Overall, United’s home record this season is W8 D3 L6 but they aren’t facing a defence which is too difficult to break down. Sunderland almost took a win in the reverse fixture this season, United being rescued by a great double from Adnan Januzaj on his first ever Premier League start. The goals have started to flow a little easier against lower opposition lately for United, while their struggles against the top sides will quickly be forgotten, they can end the season with a flourish.

Sunderland have rolled up their socks lately and have given themselves a huge shot at survival after going three games unbeaten, winning their last two. That, combined with the demise of Norwich, has seen the Black Cats pull out of the relegation zone. Points don’t look to be immediately on the board for them in this one, so they are not out of the woods yet at all, as with a loss, they could be back at the bottom of the pile again if Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff all win their games (as unlikely as that is). Sunderland are without a win in 23 league games against the Red Devils overall, having taken just five points (D5 L18) in that sequence. But their recent upturn in form, which saw them win their last two after going nine without a win, and having scored in all but one of their last 10 away games, should at least give them a shot at a gritty point. Connor Wickham’s on a three match scoring streak (5 goals) and is a 3/1 shot in the anytime goalscorer market.

Prediction
Don’t see anything other than a routine win in this one for the home side. They had some new life breathed into them last week and they have the scoring power to do damage to the Black Cats. May just be tempted to bag a Both Teams To Score wager at 4/5, because Sunderland have to show some fight.

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Form (all competitions)
Man Utd WDWLLW, Sunderland LLLDWW

Stat Attack
Man Utd have won 10 and lost none of 12 EPL home games against Sunderland
The Black Cats are winless in 23 previous Premier League fixtures against United
Sunderland have scored in all but one of their last 10 away games
Wayne Rooney has six goal in his last five league games


2nd May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Louis Van Gaal (Holland)

Is David Moyes on the verge of losing his job at Old Trafford? Bookmakers reacted quickly to rumours that the Scotsman was about to leave his post, by slapping a price of 5/1 on Louis van Gaal to become the next Manchester United manager. With rumours leaking that the Glazer family had lost faith with Moyes after a poor 2-0 defeat at Everton, in which they were never really in the game against a dynamic Toffees side, bookmakers were keen to take action.

While the club has remained silent in an official capacity about the position of Moyes, the loss at Everton, Moyes’s former club and perhaps the manner of the defeat, would not have done his job security any favours at all. Bookmakers put two and two together on Monday and were leaning towards Van Gaal heading to Old Trafford, despite the Dutchman having been linked heavily with a move to Tottenham.

Van Gaal has his appeal. He is a vastly experienced manager and he will be available in the summer after he finishes his stint with Holland at the 2014 World Cup. The Dutchman is apparently very keen on making a move to England and the Premier League, and over the last twelve months he has been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs as well as United now. The Dutchman is still running at odds on favourite to move into White Hart Lane and replace Tim Sherwood.

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp remains the fans favourite to take over at the club, according to a poll ran by the Manchester Evening News website. Klopp has been favourite for a long time in the Next Manchester United manager market, but there are contrasting rumours about him leaving Germany. While some reports have him unhappy about having so many of his top players sold off, other sources say that he is pretty reluctant to leave the Bundesliga.

With no official word that Moyes will be out before the end of the season, if it does happen, then Ryan Giggs would be the one likely to step into the void, and the veteran is running at 6/1 to take over permanently at Old Trafford, while punters can take a shot at Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement and take up the reins again for 16/1.

Online betting site Paddy Power are already offering odds of 3/1 (slashed from 25/1) that Moyes’s next club will be Newcastle, followed by Celtic at a 6/1 shot.

 


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

Premier League Betting

Everton v Manchester United Betting Preview
Plenty at stake at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton look to hustle Arsenal out of fourth place at the end of the season. They slipped up badly in the week though and now have to try and find a response against the Premier League’s best away side this season. Yes, that is United.

Everton v Manchester United Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Everton 7/5, Man Utd 19/10, Draw 12/5

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Everton v Manchester United Betting Tips:
The Toffees need a big performance here after slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Goodison against Crystal Palace in the week. That was a costly upset after winning their last seven top flight matches prior to that, a run which had taken them up into fourth. So now their mettle will be tested. They are favourites for the match and they managed a 1-0 win at Old Trafford earlier in the season. So the Toffees really need the three points here to keep pressuring Arsenal. It they do get a win then it will be the first time since the 1969-70 season that they have managed to do the double over the Red Devils. Some unusually slack defending cost them against Palace in the week, and that flew in the face of their home form for the season, having posted a W12 D3 L2 record, so they have been one of the better home sides this term. Everton have conceded under a goal per game at home this season and have scored at an average of two per game. That should indicate goals and over 2.5 goals looks a great option at 5/6 with Paddy Power.

Heading up the anytime goalscorer market is Romelu Lukaku, who has only played one home game in the top flight against Manchester United so far in the Premier League. It was a good one though, as he netted a hat trick for West Brom in that thrilling 5-5 draw on the final day of the 2012/13 season. Lukaku is trading at a price of 11/8 to net at anytime during the game, but Steven Naismith could be worth a look too at a price of 2/1. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and is returning well. You can expect Everton to turn on the attacking power in this one. But United have something to play for here, as they are taking a shot at the Europa League next season. They are in a scrap with Spurs for sixth place and a Europa League spot (seventh place could actually do it if Arsenal finish fifth and win the FA Cup). The Red Devils head into the weekend three points behind Spurs but have a game in hand over the Lilywhites and a fantastic goal difference advantage.

Manchester United have struggled against Everton at Goodison recently though, having only won one of their last five visits there in the Premier League (D2 L2). So it’s not an easy game for them. They have only won three of their last eight league games against the Toffees too, and that has been a turnaround as they won 21 of the 26 meetings before that. Manchester United have been good on the road this season though, as no-one has picked up more away points than they have. They have also won their last four away games on the bounce, keeping clean sheets in their last five. So they have the form to pick up maximum points in this one against the odds. They have netted eleven goals in their last four outside of Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney is expected to be back fit to play, but he has only scored 4 goals in 15 Premier League appearances against his former club. They need a bit of fire from him.

Prediction
This should be a highly entertaining affair and you wonder how much that home loss against Palace will have affected Everton. It could be a prime chance to bank on United’s away form continuing in this one and there have been signs of more spirit from the Red Devils and are a tempting 19/10 price to grab the win.

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Form (all competitions)
Everton WWWWWL, Man Utd WLWDWL

Stat Attack
United have won one of their last five Premier League matches at Goodison
No-one has picked up more away points in the EPL than United have this season
United have won three of their last eight Premier League games against Everton
Wayne Rooney has scored more Sunday Premier League goals than any other player


18th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football News

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.


15th April 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


6th April 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


23rd March 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


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










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