Manchester United return to Champions League action tonight, and I am struggling to decide whether United at odds on away in Greece is good value or not?
David Moyes’ team have been somewhat surprisingly stronger in Europe than they have been domestically. The problem with backing United at the moment though, is not knowing which United are going to turn up – the one that thrashed Leverkusen, or the fairly average United who have struggled domestically?
The best price on a United win tonight is 5/4 with Coral (£50.00 Free Bet). United should be refreshed, they had a spare weekend and went to Dubai for a hot weather break, and had a fairly routine run out at Crystal Palace on their return to action on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney looked sharp on Saturday, and Robin van Persie also has another run out under his belt and is slowly returning to top form and fitness. With both these two firing, surely United look value?
The negative to that is there is no Juan Mata (cup-tied), and now that we have hit the knock out stages, will Moyes go negative? This is new territory for Moyes, and he may decide to play safe, meaning United don’t play with the freedom they did in the group stages.
For me, I think if Moyes lets them play, they will win. But I can’t be sure they will be allowed to play. For that reason I may just have a speculative scorecast bet, 1-0 United with van Persie or Rooney to score.
If you are considering a scorecast, don’t forget to use Paddy Power, as they refund all losing scorecasts if Wayne Rooney scores anytime (refund comes in the form of a free bet).
Onto the other match outcomes, and Olympiakos are a top price of 27/10 with Bet365. If you are an existing (or new) Bet365 customer who hasn’t yet placed a bet with them on mobile/tablet, then you will be able to take advantage of Bet365’s £50.00 Free Bet for first time mobile or tablet users.
Although the Greek league obviously isn’t the strongest in Europe, Olympiakos are top with a 20 point lead over the second placed team.
They have won 24 out of their 26 league games this season (drawing the other 2), so they are obviously a team in confident mood who can’t be underestimated. If you fancy a stalemate, the draw is a best price of 12/5 with Betfred.