The Red Devils suffered their third loss of the league season last weekend as they were humbled down in London against West Ham. They badly need a pick-me-up on the domestic front. They will be expected to get it at home against Newcastle side who are still on the hunt for their first league win of the season. Read our Manchester United v Newcastle betting tips for more.
Manchester United 4/9
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 2nd, 2018 at 8:23 p.m.)
With no win in four matches across all competitions (D3 L1) the Red Devils need a lift. Last weekend they suffered a bruising 3-1 loss out at West Ham in the Premier League and followed that up with a 0-0 draw at home against Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday. They have produced a W3 D1 L3 record this season in the top flight and of that, they are W1 D1 L1 at home. They have collected just the one point in their last two home games, but they are favourites here and Manchester United to win to nil is at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm).
Romelu Lukaku’s last goal in the Premier League against Burnley right at the start of September and is without one in three. Lukaku is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm) for the weekend action. At the moment they are nine points worse off than they were at this stage this season. The stats aren’t looking great with just three home goals and five conceded. There has been no clean sheet at Old Trafford for them this season. Still, against the misfiring Magpies, we can’t help but look at the value of a Manchester United 1-0 correct score at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm).
Just the two points Newcastle have picked up thus far in their top-flight campaign and there doesn’t look to be any sign of recovery. Last weekend they lost on home soil against Leicester and have now failed to score in their last two. The Magpies have failed to score in three for their seven games this season and have tallied up the four goals. Four of the five league defeats which they have suffered this season have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Manchester United to win by a 1 goal margin is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm).
Away from St James’ Park Newcastle are D2 L1 this season with just the one goal scored in that sequence. The two draws were both 0-0 and you feel that that would be some kind of positive return for them out of this one. Only three teams have conceded more shots against them on average this season than the Magpies have done. At the other end of the pitch, no side has had fewer shots per game this season in the Premier League than Newcastle have done. Both teams NOT to score comes in at 3/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm).
Manchester United and Newcastle traded home wins last season in the Premier League and that leaves things even with one win each and two draws over the last four league meetings. Manchester United are unbeaten at home in the league against the Magpies in three now (W2 D1).
Even though things haven’t gone well for the Red Devils this season, at home against a poor Newcastle side, United should deliver. It’s time to keep things simple and Manchester United to win to nil appeals.
3rd October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Red Devils suffered more turmoil on the weekend as they were heavily beaten 3-1 at West Ham. That heaped more pressure on Jose Mourinho and his managerial position. They get a midweek chance to blow off some steam as they host Valencia. The Spaniards haven’t had the greatest of seasons themselves so far. Read our Manchester United v Valencia betting tips for more.
Manchester United 3/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 29th, 2018 at 11.35 p.m.)
Manchester United have been having a really rough season by their high standards. They are winless in their last three in all competitions now, having lost to Championship side Derby in the EFL Cup in midweek, before losing in the Premier League against West Ham on the weekend. So things are falling apart and they have only claimed one clean sheet in their last five games. Both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm). That backs United’s defence to again slip. United were dumped out of last season’s competition by a Spanish side, Sevilla in the round of sixteen.
They did post a 3-0 win at Young Boys on match day one to get off to a strong start in their European campaign. Given the history between these two then you are probably going to want to follow the trend of low scoring, tight games and indeed a 1-1 draw in the correct score market at 13/2 odds appeals* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm). Manchester United need to find a way to stop this rot and get out of their funk. It’s not a game really where they can afford to not go full strength at the fixture. Romelu Lukaku, who is on a five-match scoreless streak across all competitions, is the first goalscorer favourite.
Valencia haven’t clicked into gear yet. Over the weekend they beat Sociedad in La Liga and that was their first win recorded in any competition. Just one of their matches played this season across all competitions have ended over 2.5 goals, so again, the expectancy of a high-scoring game isn’t well, all that high. They opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 defeat against the group favourites Juventus. Away from home so far they have a W1 D2 L1 record.
Defensively Valencia have actually done alright as they have earned a clean sheet in three of their last five and in two of their last three. So it’s not been bad at the back from the Spaniards. However, they have failed to score in three of their last five as well, with just the two goals recorded in that sequence. You have the option of both teams not to score at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm) if you wanted to swing that way. The Spaniards just are not carrying that much firepower with them.
There have been eight previous meetings between Manchester United and Valencia, the last six all in the Champions League. There hasn’t been much between then however with Manchester United at W2 D4 in those six games. Overall in the eight meetings, it is Man Utd ahead W2 D5 L2 against the Spaniards. Each of the last five meetings have ended under 2.5 goals. Three of the four, including the last two at Old Trafford have ended in a draw.
Neither of these are in top form and we have to look past a winner in this one and settle on the draw. Granted Manchester United look the potent of the two, but their defence can’t wholeheartedly be trusted. The 1-1 correct score has the most appeal in Manchester United v Valencia betting tips.
30th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Last weekend in the Premier League Manchester United dropped more points as they were held to a home draw against the newly promoted Wolves. They head out on the road for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off as they face a West Ham side who look to be turning the corner. The irons have collected four points from their last two games after losing their first four matches. Read our West Ham v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 8/11
West Ham 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.)
So after four straight defeats at the start of the season, West Ham have collected four points in their last two games. Last weekend they dug in well on home soil to play out a 0-0 draw with Chelsea, despite getting only around 30% of possession in the game. That was a precious point for them and it was their first on home soil this season as well. West Ham have netted just the one home goal in their three home fixtures (D1 L2) and the natural option is to expect this to be a low-scoring game so under 2.5 goals is at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.).
The halftime draw may well be worth a look in this one. All of the home goals that West Ham have conceded this season have been in the second half of matches and they have been at 0-0 in two of their three home fixtures. Marko Arnautovic is the top scorer for them this season with three goals and he is at 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). A point out of this one for the Hammers on the back of the one against Chelsea would be another decent step of progress for them.
The Red Devils recorded back to back away wins at Burnley and Watford to get over their hump of back to back losses which they had suffered. But they dropped more points last weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves. The visitors were good for their point too. It leaves Manchester United with a W1 D1 L1 record from their three home games in the top flight this season. They’ve taken no clean sheet there, so they have done better on the road with a W2 D1 record. United have earned just one clean sheet overall this season.
In the bet365 correct score market a 1-1 draw option is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of United’s three games on the road this season (total of four goals) and he is the obvious one to look for in the first goalscorer market. Lukaku is the first goalscorer favourite at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Manchester United have scored exactly two goals in each of their road games this term.
The Hammers picked up a draw last season in this corresponding fixture after having been torn apart at Old Trafford. West Ham have gone W1 D3 L2 in their last six Premier League fixtures against Manchester United. The Irons are W1 D1 L1 in their last three on home soil against the Red Devils. Both teams have failed to score in four of the last six league meetings.
The draw will have some appeal in this one as Manchester United have been grinding out results more than adding power and flair to proceedings. West Ham have a long way to go to get where they want to be, but digging in for a home point in this one could be another big point for them.
26th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Red Devils turn their attention to the EFL Cup on Tuesday after more dropped points in the Premier League over the weekend. Frank Lampard’s Derby pays a visit to Old Trafford in search of a big upset. Read our Manchester United v Derby betting tips for more.
Manchester United 2/11
(Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 23rd, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.)
Manchester United was held to a draw at Old Trafford on the weekend against Wolves. That snapped a three-match winning streak that they were on in all competitions. This will be just their fourth home game of the season and their record at Old Trafford is at W1 D1 L1 and they surprisingly haven’t kept a clean sheet there yet. They played out a 1-1 draw there against Wolves on the weekend and for our Manchester United v Derby predictions were are going to swing under 2.5 goals at 27/20 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 7:35 pm). Manchester United are on a four-match winning streak at home against the Rams in all competitions. Their last meeting was in the FA Cup third round back in January, United winning 2-0.
Frank Lampard’s Derby haven’t always produced the most exciting of performances this season, but they have been pretty solid. They opened their EFL Cup campaign with an away win at Oldham and then took out Hull on the road in the last round. Their overall form this season is W7 D1 L3 in all competitions and they haven’t been that free-scoring. The Rams have conceded just the two goals in their last seven games played. Both teams not to score in the game is at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 7:35 pm). Away from home this season Derby are W4 L2 and they have scored at least two goals in each of their four away successes.
We will back the home side to find a way through this. They will likely make changes and therefore this is likely to be a low scoring game. We are going with a home win by a one-goal margin for our Manchester United v Derby betting tips.
24th September 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Manchester United have done well to steady the ship by landing back to back league win on the road. So things seem to be settling down for them a bit. They did have Champions League duty in midweek so that balance begins for them. Wolves have produced some good stuff on their return to the top flight and they have already earned a point against United’s rivals Man City this term. Read our Manchester United v Wolves betting tips for more.
Manchester United 3/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
The Red Devils have steadied the ship with back to back away wins over Burnley and Watford. It’s not been overwhelmingly brilliant stuff, but the results have been there for them and that’s all that counts. This will be their first league home game since they were torn apart 3-0 by Tottenham back at the end of August. Their other home game this season saw them take a 2-1 success over Leicester in the opening game of the season.
There hbeen just the one clean sheet for them this season, but we are going to back a Manchester United to win to nil option at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.). Aside from that washout against Spurs, the Red Devils have scored at least two goals in each of their other league games this season. In front of goal Romelu Lukaku has already had a good impact for them this season. The Belgian striker is naturally up as the first goalscorer favorites.
Wolves can be pretty happy with their return to the top flight. They have suffered just the one defeat in a W2 D2 L1 record. They have won their last two games by a 1-0 scoreline and they have not managed to score more than one goal in any of their last four league games. It is just three goals in their last four games in fact and because of that we can see this one ending under 2.5 goals at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.).
Out on the road, this season Wolves suffered a loss against Leicester and then collected a victory at West Ham. They have done pretty well defensively for a newly promoted side and the two goals that they have conceded on the road both came in the first half of matches. Raul Jimenez has really been a standout performer for them up front and if they are going to make a breakthrough it will most likely be through him. However, we see big appeal in the Manchester United 1-0 correct score option at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.).
This is the first meeting between the two sides since the 2011/12 Premier League season. The Devils posted wins in both meetings with Wolves on that occasion, netting nine goals in total. In the last six Premier League meetings Manchester United are W5 L1 against Wolves. Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings in all competitions.
The Red Devils look warm favourites to collect the win in this one. Wolves really haven’t produced the goals yet this season to suggest that they will take the win. For our Manchester United v Wolves betting tips, we will look for a home win to nil.
19th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester United have to be pretty happy with this Champions League draw. They make a trip out to Switzerland in midweek to start their European action for the season. This is going to be a tough ask of Young Boys even though they have started their domestic action in fine fashion. Read our Young Boys v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 7/10
Young Boys 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 16th, 2018 at 7:35 p.m.)
It is a big season for Young Boys who have made it through to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time ever. They got there via a 3-2 aggregate win over Dinamo Zagreb in the playoff round. They had lost at that stage in the previous season’s qualification campaign and dropped to the UEFA Europa League where they didn’t get out of the group stage. Their overall record in the Champions League which is basically all qualification matches is W11 D7 L15. This is a tough opening game for them against one of the game’s biggest names.
They are six wins from six games this season in their domestic league campaign but, of course, are not going to face anyone of Manchester United’s caliber. Both teams not to score is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.) and leads our Young Boys v Manchester United betting tips. Even though United’s defense hasn’t been great this season, their experience is likely going to help them keep the Swiss side at arm’s length. Young Boys have a W1 D1 L4 record from previous matches against English sides.
Manchester United have strung together back to back Premier League wins as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Watford over the weekend. That was a big success for them in what was a tricky test at Vicarage Road. Things are certainly looking a lot more comfortable for boss Jose Mourinho that it did at the end of August. The Red Devils haven’t shaped up well at the back this season, but we are still backing Manchester United to win to nil as we can see one of those pragmatic European away performances coming from Mourinho.
Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his last four games for the Red Devils so has been producing the goods well early this season. He is the obvious First Goalscorer favourite at 15/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.) for the match. Despite then not playing a particularly fluent and attacking style, they have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games so far this season. But we see this just being about them getting the job done without exerting themselves to a great degree and a Manchester United 1-0 correct score option is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.).
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs.
Manchester United just simply have to be strong enough in a situation like this. It is a game where perhaps this a bit of unknown territory for them in terms of knowing what they are facing exactly. We can the Premier League getting a win by a one-goal margin in our Young Boys v Manchester United betting tips.
17th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The Hornets have had an incredibly strong start to the new season with four straight wins. Not bad for a side who were expected to be struggling. They passed a very big test just before the international break as they produced a success over Tottenham. Manchester United eased a bit of pressure off of boss Jose Mourinho as they collected a win at Burnley before the break. Read our Watford v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 10/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)
A great start then has been made by Watford with four straight wins. There were always going to be question marks about them until they met a strong side. That happened at the start of September when they played host to Tottenham and produced a 2-1 win. This will actually be their fourth home game this season in the Premier League and they have scored exactly two in both of their games at Vicarage Road already this term. We are going to have a look over 2.5 goals with bet365 at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.) as Man United’s defence hasn’t been great. Each of their last seven home games against Manchester United in all competitions have gone over the goal line.
Watford have managed just the one clean sheet as well this season so both teams to score is running at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). It has been Roberto Pereyra who has made such a strong start to the season for them in front of goal with three goals in four games. He is going to be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market as he has looked to be a pretty sharp acquisition. The Hornets have been winning at both half time and full time in each of their last three games in the league.
Manchester United snapped back from two straight defeats in the Premier League by getting a win against Burnley before the international break. It was a comfortable win for them as well. They start the game six points behind Watford so this most certainly isn’t one that they can afford to lose. Out on the road this season the Red Devils have suffered a 3-2 defeat Brighton and then that win Burnley. Another factor in this expecting this game to go above the 2.5 goals is that United have netted exactly two goals in three of their four matches this term. Three of their four matches have gone over the goal line.
Romelu Lukaku has been among the goals so far this season and he is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). Manchester United have actually scored at least two goals in six of their last seven road games at Watford. Putting it all together and really the 2-2 correct score market option at 14/1 odds makes for one of our top options in Watford v Manchester betting tips* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). They still need to go out and prove themselves and find that unity and this will be a great test.
Last season The Red Devils won both meetings against the Hornets and that is a three-match winning streak overall that they are on against them. The Red Devils do totally boss the head to head record between the two of them as they are W20 D5 L5 against Watford. Each of the last four Premier League meetings between the two at Vicarage Road have gone over 2.5 goals.
For our Watford v Manchester United betting tips, we can see the confident start from Watford producing even more on the weekend. They should be strong enough on home soil after proving themselves against Spurs last time out, to collect a point out of this. Draw.
13th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
A lot of speculation has been flying around about Jose Mourinho and how much longer he is going to be in his job at Manchester United. A bit of pressure was released as his Red Devils banked an away win at Burnley just before the international break. That avoided three straight defeats after back to back losses against Brighton and Tottenham.
But now it is West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini who looks to be the one in the most amount of trouble at the moment and bookmakers are making a shift towards him now. Beside Mourinho, the Chilean is only one of two other current Premier League managers to have won the title (Pep Guardiola) but West Ham have had a shocker this season.
The Irons have fallen to four straight defeats as they went into the international break following a 1-0 home loss against the newly promoted Wolves. Defensively they have shipped ten goals in their four games and have produced just two themselves. That is spite of them spending over £100m in the summer in improving their defence and forward ranks. All that summer signing led to some great optimism that times were going to change for the better for them.
But Pellegrini is now at 7/2 with Coral in the Premier League Next Manager To Leave market* (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 5:56 pm) and has admitted that his side have been playing very badly.
“The betting suggests Manuel Pellegrini will not see out the season at West Ham following his side’s poor start to the campaign where they have failed to win a point so far,” said Coral’s John Hill.
“We have seen a flurry of bets over the last couple of days on Pellegrini being the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season where he has only Jose Mourinho ahead of him in the betting.”
Jose Mourinho 3/1
Manuel Pellegrini 7/2
Mark Hughes 6/1
Rafa Benitez 7/1
Neil Warnock 8/1
Claude Puel 10/1
Sean Dyche 20/1
David Wagner 20/1
* (betting odds taken on September 5th, 2018 at 5:56 pm)
The Hammers have had two very difficult away games, suffering big defeats out at Liverpool and then Arsenal. But it will be their lack of return on home soil which has raised the biggest red flags. They suffered a 1-2 reversal against Bournemouth in their first home game of the season, despite taking the lead and then there was the 0-1 loss to Wolves, conceding the goal in the 90th minute to totally deflate them.
After the international break is done, West Ham face a tough run of too. They make a trip to the undefeated Everton before facing back to back home games against Chelsea and Manchester United. After a trip to Brighton, they then host Spurs.
6th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This suddenly becomes a huge pressure match for Manchester United. The Red Devils have lost their last two top-flight fixtures and Jose Mourinho appears to be struggling to hold on to his job. However, there is a chance here for them with Burnley out of sorts on the domestic front and the Clarets had extra work on Thursday night in the Europa League. Read our Burnley v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 8/13
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Burnley put on a really spirited showing at home against Olympiakos on Thursday night in trying to salvage their European season. But it was not enough to reach the group stage, but it was another taxing game for them and all of this European action seems to have put a big strain on their domestic campaign. The Clarets took a point in their opening Premier League game against Southampton but then suffered heavy back to back defeats against Watford and Burnley.
Burnley comnceded seven goals in those two defeats. That’s not something that you expect from the Clarets. They are winless in eight league games now. We are going over 2.5 goals at 23/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). There have been over 2.5 goals scored in five of Burnley’s last six games so there is a trend.
Turf Moor was a tough place for visitors over the first half of last season in the Premier League. The Clarets ended up with a W7 D5 L7 home record but they won just two home fixtures from mid-December onwards. It means that they are just W3 D3 L6 in their last twelve home games in the top flight after losing there against Watford recently.
So there are some definite early struggles from them but a positive is that they have scored three goals across their last two games. Both teams to score at bet365, considering United’s defence looks terrible at the moment, is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) and worth a look.
The Red Devils need a win. After edging past Leicester in their season opener it has been back to back losses against Brighton and then Spurs for them. They have conceded exactly three goals in those two defeats as well. So if the Red Devils where to get out of this trip to Turf Moor with a win, we can only assume that it will be by a one-goal margin which is at 12/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) and leads our Burnley v Manchester United predictions. It’s hard to know quite what is coming from United in terms of quality.
Against Brighton, they were dreadfully uncreative and ponderous, against Spurs they were bright and on the front foot and had their chances to open up a lead. It didn’t happen and they were punished. Romelu Lukaku missed some big chances of them against Spurs but he is the 15/4 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) for Sunday’s game. You would have to imagine that this would be Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge if they were to suffer a defeat in it. Can they put their recent struggles behind them with three points?
The Red Devils took four points off Burnley last season in the Premier League. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against the Clarets after losing their first ever meeting in the competition against them in 2009. Both teams have scored in just two of the previous eight Premier League meetings. The Red Devils are on a two-match winning streak at Turf Moor.
For our Burnley v Manchester United predictions, we are looking at Manchester United to get the job done. They aren’t playing well and don’t look confident, but Burnley aren’t quite at the races at the moment and we are backing the Red Devils to edge it by a one-goal margin at Turf Moor.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage was made on Thursday, August 30th and now all the participants know their fate in the group stage. While English Champions Manchester City will be fairly content with the draw that they have received, the other English participants all landed themselves in tough groups including Manchester United having to go up against their former star Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus.
Manchester City 9/2
FC Barcelona 13/2
Real Madrid 9/1
Bayern Munich 10/1
Atletico Madrid 12/1
Manchester United 28/1
* (betting odd taken from Paddy Power on August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm)
This should be a pretty exciting group but the strong favourites are Atletico Madrid who are already at 1/2 odds-on to take the top spot in this one* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). There really should not be too much of a challenge coming in from any of the other participants to stop them. Dortmund and Atletico will meet for the first time since the 1996/97 season.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge
This is a bit of a stinker of a draw for Tottenham. Not only do they have to try and deal with Barcelona but there is the problem of Inter as well, who looks a pretty strong dark horse threat. Tottenham though have handled themselves well enough in Europe recently to suggest that they can hold off the Italians, but it may not be enough to see them win their group. Spurs are 3/1 second favourites to win in the group* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm).
Tottenham’s only previous meeting with Barcelona was in the 1982 Cup Winners’ Cup. Barcelona won 2-1 on aggregate. Spurs had that famous 2010 Champions League duel with Inter, which ended in a thrilling 6-5 aggregate win for the Londoners. Then in the 2013 Europa League, the two played out a 4-4 aggregate draw with Inter in the round of sixteen, Spurs winning on away goals.
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter, PSV
Liverpool have heavily paid the price for being seeded in the third pot. That meant of course that not only were they drawn against one of the elite, but against a second-seeded team as well. They have fallen with PSG and Napoli and there aren’t any easy games there. While PSG are probably going to be strong enough to top the pile, it’s a coin toss pretty much between Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli who will pose a huge threat to Liverpool’s plans.
Liverpool’s only previous clash with PSG was in the 1997 Cup Winner Cup. The two traded clean sheet home wins on that occasion. They have only been up against Napoli once before and that was in the group stage of the 2010/11 Europa League with Liverpool banking a solid home win after a 0-0 draw out in Naples.
Prediction: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena Zvezda
Sometimes you get a group of death in a competition draw, sometimes you get a group like this which will raise very little interest. Porto may be worth a flutter to go and get themselves the group win.
Prediction: Porto, Schalke, Lokomotiv Moscow, Galatasaray
A relatively comfortable group is ahead of Bayern Munich and they are 1/12 odds-on favourites at Paddy Power to secure top spot* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). The rest of the group are nowhere near up to their standards but it should be a scrap between Benfica and Ajax to get that second spot. We are sticking with Benfica.
Prediction: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens.
Manchester City will be laughing over this draw. It really couldn’t have turned out much better for them. The Citizens are joint outright favourites to win the tournament. Is anyone in this bunch likely to stop them from winning the group, which includes Champions League debutants Hoffenheim? No.
The Citizens have never met Lyon before, but they were up against Shakhtar just last season in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The two of them traded home wins, City losing on the road in their final group stage match after the group win had already been secured.
Prediction: Man City, Lyon, Shakhtar Hoffenheim.
Reigning Champions Real Madrid will be pretty unfazed by this group stage. Roma really is just about their only real opposition and the top two seeds are likely going to make comfortable work of getting to the knockout phase.
Prediction: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen
Not the draw that Manchester United would have wanted at all. Juventus look a pretty sound option to go and win this group and no-one is likely to take points off of them in Turin. Manchester United’s struggles have been clear this season and unless things change, they will get a big run for their money for the qualifying place from Valencia.
Manchester United and Juventus last met back in 2003 in the Champions League with United landing back to back wins over the Italiannis in the second group stage. Things are even with five wins each and two draws from all of their previous meetings. United have won four of the last six meetings though (D1 L1).
The Red Devils were up against Valencia in the group stage of the 2010/11 edition with the Red Devils getting four points on the board. Each of the last five between them have ended under 2.5 goals and United are undefeated in six previous Champions League games against the Spaniards.
Prediction: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting