Man United vs Club Brugge – Champions League Prediction
United to win 2-0, Given the way United has been playing recently I was tempted to put this is as a 0-0 draw, but taking into account the number of injury troubles Club Brugge has been plagued by I can’t see any other result than a United win.
As for Club Brugge the best bet scenario is to try and keep a clean sheet and push the draw to the 2nd leg at home, it’ll be difficult to keep quiet a team consisting of the likes of Rooney, Mata and Depay but it’s not something that can’t be done as shown by Villa and Spurs in the last couple of weeks.
- United start as the overwhelming favorites at Odds of 1.3, the Odds for a draw is 6 and Club Brugge to win is at 12
- As mentioned we expect United to win the tie but don’t expect them to maul their opponents on Tuesday, so our top bet for the game is Under 2.5 at 2.25 odds.
Manchester United Prediction
United come into this game on the back of 1-0 narrow win over Aston Villa in the Premier League last Friday. It was their second consecutive win in the league and the Red Devils find themselves in the upper half of the table even though it’s early days.
Despite the two wins from two it has to be said that United have looked far from convincing till now. They’ve had just 3 shots on target in their two games and the win against Spurs on the opening day came courtesy of an own-goal from Kyle Walker.
With the kind of attacking talent at their disposal it’s pretty shocking to see the lack of creativity in the team. The last time United featured in the Champions League was in the 2013/14 season when they would reach the quarter-finals only to be beaten by Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate.
United have won four of their last five home games in Europe and it’s worth pointing out that the Red Devils have never lost in the play-off rounds of the Champions League.
United has won Europe’s elite competition on three occasions, most recently in 2007/08 when they beat fellow Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties in the final. We have analyzed the club´s performance over the last few seasons and created a betting strategy outline of how to bet on Manchester United in general, so make sure to give that a read.
United’s only major injury concern is Phil Jones who looks likely to miss out due to illness. Fellaini could start for the team after missing out on United’s opening two games in the league due to suspension. The midfield duo of Schweinsteiger and Herrera could start after making appearances from the bench on Friday.
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Club Brugge is not a side which is unfamiliar with the big European occasions, they were infact part of the Europa league last season reaching the quarter-finals of the competitions, only to be knocked out by the eventual finalists Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Club Brugge reached the final play-off round after beating Greek side Panathinaikos 4-2 on aggregate despite losing the away tie 2-1. They can’t afford a sub-par result in the away game this time around if they are hoping to get into the group stage of the Champions League.
Brugge have always struggled in England, failing to win in all of their previous 11 visits to the country and losing 9 of those 11 games. Club Brugge are the only club from Belgium to have been a part of an European Cup final when they faced English club Liverpool in the finals of the 1977/78 edition of the tournament but ended up losing the game 1-0.
Contrary to their opponents on Tuesday, Club Brugge’s manager Michel Preud’homme has a lot of injury concerns heading into the game. The likes of Nicolas Castillo, Felipe Gedoz and Lior Refaelov along with a few other starters are set to miss the trip to Old Trafford.
The two teams have never met in a competition before.
How they are doing in their respective leagues
3rd – Manchester United – 2 games – 6 points – Premier League
3rd – Club Brugge – 4 games – 7 points – Belgian Pro League
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