Champions League betting – Manchester United vs Olympiakos

Manchester United welcomes at Old Trafford Olympiakos in without any doubt the most interesting rematch of the 1/8 finals of the UEFA Champions League. The English team was shocked in the first match after losing 0-2 in Greece and they have an extremely difficult task if they want to continue forward in the tournament.

The task is even more difficult because this has been the weakest season for United for more than 20 years. The team has already lost any chances for success in all competitions except the Champions League and many believe that tonight David Moyes’ team will leave this one too.

Olympiakos’ players for sure don’t come particularly worried at Old Trafford and certainly feel that they have the needed strength to beat the Red Devils. This is really important because in Sir Alex Ferguson’s times in United, there were not many teams who arrived in Manchester with confidence. However, this season United conceded too many losses and it cost them their reputation. Now United have to fight for every ball against players who believe that they can take the victory.

Do United have the strength to win with difference of two or more goals? Hardly. Will they be able to score at least once? With the class of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney this probably won’t be a problem. But the question is whether the spaces they will leave behind will not allow the guests from Greece to score, and if it happens the lowest score by which United can qualify would be 4:1.

Surely this will mean that United will try to approach the game cautiously and they will try to avoid any mistakes in the defense. This in turn implies that there will hardly be many goals in the first half of the match and that’s why the bet for Total goals scored in the first half – Under 1 seems to me sufficiently justified. The coefficient proposed by bet365 for such a bet is 2.075, which makes it good enough for real betting.

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