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After a wonderful start to the season in which they won their first three games to nil, Manchester United finally dropped points on the weekend. Stoke turned in an all action performance to claim a 2-2 draw against Jose Mourinho’s men but the Portuguese cannot allow himself or his players to dwell on that result.
United must now raise their game to get off to a similarly fast start in the Champions League. That means dispatching of FC Basel who are the visitors to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. With such a wealth of expensively assembled talent in their squad and home advantage, Man Utd are the overwhelming favourites with the bookies. However, Basel have been here before.
The Swiss side have twice visited Old Trafford in the group stages of the Champions League and each time they frustrated the home faithful by claiming a score draw. You could argue that this current Basel side – who have not won any of their last three Swiss Super League matches – aren’t as strong as those who visited Manchester in 2003 and 2011. That won’t be on Mourinho’s mind though, he knows anything other than a fully committed, top class performance from his players could well see them drop points again.
Man Utd 2/11 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 6/1 (Bet365)
Basel 18/1 (Coral)
The best price available on Man Utd to win Tuesday night’s match is the 2/11 that Ladbrokes are quoting. There is no doubt that anything other than a home win will go down as a disappointment but it is hard to make a case for those odds reflecting value.
Basel didn’t just secure those two draws at Old Trafford because they have quality in their ranks, they also took advantage of a lack of expectation. The Swiss side will be able to play their football free of any pressure once again and that could result in them making this tougher for Man Utd than many people think.
Basel haven’t hit top form yet this season but they’ve failed to score in just one game. Man Utd’s first choice defence was far from rock solid against Stoke and suspensions will keep both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly out of Tuesday night’s game. That means reorganising at the back which only increases Basel’s chances of scoring so rather than simply betting on United winning the game, have a bet on the home side winning a game in which both teams score at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.
Man Utd 2-0 @ 5/1 (Betfred)
Man Utd 3-0 @ 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Man Utd 1-0 @ 13/2 (Ladbrokes)
Man Utd 4-0 @ 11/1 (Paddy Power)
Man Utd 3-1 @ 11/1 (Bet365)
Draw 1-1 @ 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
There is every chance that Basel will get on the scoresheet at Old Trafford but it is hard to imagine they will get too much out of the game. That throws up a few interesting options in the Correct Score market.
The selections at the top of the betting market suggest that United will have a comfortable evening. We’re not convinced that everything will go to plan for the Red Devils but the scoreline should have a comfortable look about it come the final whistle. That makes the 11/1 that Bet365 are quoting on the Man Utd 3-1 correct score look worth a bet.
Romelu Lukaku 9/4 (Sky Bet)
Anthony Martial 18/5 (Betfred)
Marcus Rashford 7/2 (William Hill)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 4/1 (Betfred)
Paul Pogba 6/1 (Sky Bet)
Jesse Lingard 13/2 (William Hill)
Juan Mata 13/2 (Boylesports)
Marouane Fellaini 15/2 (Sky Bet)
As you would expect, the top of the First Goalscorer market is dominated by Man Utd players. Not only are the home side expected to have the majority of the game’s chances but they have the sort of world class attacking talent that Basel could only dream about playing.
That is not to say that Basel are bereft of attacking talent. If you think that the Swiss side will be able to catch Man Utd cold by taking the lead with an early goal there are some big priced options available to you. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (9/1 with Boylesports) has Premier League experience and seven goals to his name already this season, Dimitri Oberlin (12/1 with Betfred) is a highly promising, exciting teenager and Kevin Bua (16/1 with William Hill) is capable of scoring goals from deep.
In reality though, it is much more likely to be a Man Utd player who opens the scoring. Having only played 20 minutes off the bench against Stoke, Anthony Martial will be fresh on Tuesday night and he could well get the nod to start. The Frenchman has used his pace and his composure in front of goal to score two Premier League goals already and he could break his European duck for the season by scoring first at 18/5 with Betfred.
Man Utd to win and both teams to score at 9/4 with Ladbrokes
Man Utd to win 3-1 at 11/1 with Bet365
Anthony Martial to score first at 18/5 with Betfred