Man Utd Vs Granada Betting Tip: Both To Score – 15 April 2021

La Liga outfit can make second leg uncomfortable

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England Manchester United Vs Granada Spain

Thursday 15th April 2021 – 20:00 (BT Sport)
UEFA Europa League
Pick: Both Teams to Score
Odds: 6/5
Bookmaker: PaddyPower
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 12th April 2021)

Preview: A goal in each halve from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes has Manchester United firmly in the ascendancy as they seek to reach back-to-back semi-finals in the Europa League. Is there any coming back, from 2-0 down, at Old Trafford for plucky Granada?

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Manchester United – Vulnerable without key defenders?

Not even the BT Sport cameras could keep up with the speed of thought from defender Victor Lindelof, whose long ball over the top of a lax Granada defence was expertly controlled and finished by Marcus Rashford for his eighth European goal of 2020-21. A late Bruno Fernandes penalty meant the game ended 2-0, which probably flattered them slightly, leaving them well placed to reach a second successive semi-final.

The Red Devils have been in this position many times before. On the nineteen previous occasions Manchester United have won the first leg on their travels, they have gone to on to reach the next round every single time. The only factor in play which could possibly compromise a flawless record is the statistic that shows a solitary win across ten previous home meetings (D5 L4) with sides from Spain.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are not required to win, though, which could be of some relief considering their tendency to perform better on the road this term (W2 D2 L1 at home in Europe in 2020-21). Then there is the absence of several first-team stalwarts who would have ordinarily started at Old Trafford on Thursday as Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and club captain Harry Maguire all serve one-match suspensions.

 

Granada or Draw
17/10

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Granada – La Liga underdogs fired up by doubters?

While the scoreline from the first leg in Spain reads unfavourably, in truth there wasn’t much between them and their far more illustrious – and, if we’re being cynical, expensively assembled – opponents on the night. Granada coach Diego Martinez, who has quickly become a cult figure for his down to earth and forthright interviews, was quick to highlight the symmetry in the teams shot numbers.

While the English side did get off two more shots (13 vs 11), the pair were matched when it came to efforts on target, with three apeice. One of Man Utd’s was a converted Bruno Fernandes penalty, meanwhile, late in the contest. The difference, seemingly, was a lack of cutting edge from the Spanish outfit, the hosts largely limited to the threat of former Chelsea winger Kennedy who adopted a shoot-on-sight approach.

That loss made it four in a row in all competitions. A dire run that was, however, ended in a timely manner on Sunday with a come-from-behind La Liga victory in Valladolid. A first win of any kind on the road since January. Nazaries previously losing five on the bounce away from home, featuring 2-1 scorelines in both away legs in the Round of 32 and 16 versus Napoli and Molde.

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Manchester United Vs Granada Betting Advice

Some are already counting on Manchester United making the final four. Granada struggled to carve out a scoring chance of note in Spain, despite no shortage of endeavour from Diego Martinez’s plucky underdogs. However, there is every reason to believe the side currently eighth in the Spanish La Liga table can claim a souvenir goal, at the very least, on the club’s maiden voyage to Old Trafford.

 

Manchester United Vs Granada – Key Facts:

  • When hosting a team from Spain, Manchester United have only picked up a solitary win across their previous ten such matches (D5 L4).
  • Manchester United recorded two clean sheets in five home European games this term. Meanwhile Granada netted in four of five away matches in Europe in 2020-21.
  • In fact, Granada have found the net at least once in each of their past twelve competitive away fixtures, since a 2-0 La Liga loss at Eibar on 3 January.

 

Granada have scored in twelve consecutive away matches, including in a pair of 2-1 losses in the earlier knockouts rounds of this tournament against Napoli and Molde, with nine of these encounters seeing both teams find the back of the net. Meanwhile Thursday’s hosts, Manchester United, are missing half their regular back four but also Scott McTominay, who usually screens in front of the defence.

Best Betting Odds – Manchester United Vs Granada

Manchester United – 1/2 (Betway)
Draw – 10/3 (BetFred)
Granada – 7/1 (Bet365)