We’re not going to tempt fate here, as we – more than most – know how the powers of stating the obvious can work.
But let’s just say that Man United – the Europe League favourites as we head into the quarter-finals this evening – have been given a rather kind draw in the form of FC Copenhagen.
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COP AND ROBBERS
You may turn your nose up at the Europa League but Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will be mightily keen to finish United’s topsy-turvy season by lifting this European trophy.
After all, it’s been three years since United last won any silverware – which happened to be the Europa League success they enjoyed over Ajax back in 2017.
At current standing, United are 15/8 to win it this time around, putting them ahead of Inter (3/1) and Sevilla (11/2).
Tonight they face Danish side FC Copenhagen, the first Danish team to reach a Europa League quarter-final and, naturally, huge underdogs here.
They’ll be wary of the fact that United boast 14 games unbeaten in the knockout stages of this comp – in which they’ve conceded just seven goals – while they’ve failed to score in just one of their last 24 Europa League matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested a plethora of key players for their match against LASK last time out so you can expect the big names to be starting here.
Bruno Fernandes was one of the players who sat out of that game so he should start here.
The midfielder has been a revelation for United since joining in the January transfer window, but he looked a little leggy in his last three outings for United – notably in their end-of-season win at Leicester.
He still scored of course, with his last three goals for United coming from the penalty spot.
We’re backing him to find the back of the net here – from the spot, or otherwise – along with a United win.
- Europa League – Man United vs FC Copenhagen: Bruno Fernandes to score, Man United to win at 6/4 with Betway
Ah, good old trusty Robert Lewandowski.
You can always rely on the Bayern Munich striker to bag a goal or two and he was in ramptant form against Chelsea in the Champions League over the weekend.
With his two goals, his tally for the competition is now up to 13 so far and after netted netting one and assisting the other two goals in the first leg – he was directly involved in all seven of Bayern goals over the two legs with three goals, four assists.
Next up, Bayern face a Barcelona side who – despite looking strong with Lionel Messi in attack – look distinctly average in defence.
One thing you can’t trust (or predict) right now is Juventus.
Since the restart (well, most of the season, really) the Old Lady have been difficult to fathom.
Having been one of the favourites to win the Champions League in recent seasons (mostly because they have a certain Portuguese superstar in their ranks, who knows a thing or two about winning the Champions League), they’ve disappointed massively with knockout round exits.
Losing on aggregate to Lyon over the weekend – despite an heroic effort from Cristiano Ronaldo, who score twice – was certainly not what we expected.
As if to cement our bemusement, Juve promptly sacked cigarette connoisseur Maurizio Sarri and swapped him for wine connoisseur Andrea Pirlo.
THE CASH OUT
Bring your A-Game…
- Treat yourself to a pie at
the gamehome: Mason Greenwood to score anytime (Man United vs FC Copenhagen) – 5/4 with Betway
- Get an extra round
at the pubfor the fridge tonight: Romelu Lukaku to score first (Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen) – 5/1 with Betway
- Booking flights to Vegas
right nownext year: Odion Ighalo to score first, over 3.5 goals, over 10.5 corners and over 3.5 cards – 22/1 with Betway
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