IT was one out of two for Jordan yesterday with the expected bet coming in and the long shot failing.
The Man United fan’s been looking carefully at tonight’s Europa League card and here’s his thoughts and tips.
He says: I posted this a few weeks ago when I first had my thread and thinking we had hit a vein of form. I thought United would be good for a couple of goals in Denmark tonight.
A 2-1 defeat against Sunderland and no Wayne Rooney and I’m starting to regret taking this bet but in all seriousness, as much as Rooney is huge to us, I do think we play can just as good without him when taking into consideration Midtjylland’s last competitive game was in December.
You sort of saw just how well these teams do after their winter breaks. Lokomotiv Moscow were beaten in Turkey on Tuesday as were Zenit who were unlucky to concede a late goal in Portugal.
LVG’s squad is wearing thin. Probably with patience but more so with actual bodies and we have taken a young set of players to Denmark for the first leg: De Gea, Romero, Love, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Poole, Riley, Carrick, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Pereira, Weir, Mata, Memphis, Martial, Keane.
I think the only two youngsters out of that squad who will start will be Donald Love and Joe Riley who will likely play at either full-back position.
Jesse Lingard sat next to van Gaal at the press conference and with his good form he’ll likely get a starting role. I think the only question now is will Van Gaal deploy Memphis or Herrera.
To me this type of game would suit Memphis as it’s the same type of team he would have faced in the Eredivisie but he’s still a raw talent and has a lot to learn.
Herrera would be the better option for experience and would be a better partnership with Mata who will likely sit behind Martial. That’s my thinking anyway.
I still think we can score twice but obviously the risk is greater than I expected a few weeks ago so I would advise not to go so high if you do but over 1.5 Manchester United Team Goals is available at 21-20 with Coral.
United were still being backed up until the Rooney news but has now drifted back on to the Danes. Still think the Rooney loss could be over-exaggerated but we shall see.
Manchester United Over 1.5 Team Goals (10-11, William Hill) 4.4 points (6pm)
There are a few more teams that haven’t had competitive games for some time which includes Molde who face a tough test in Seville. The Norwegians were unbeaten away from home in their group in wins against Fenerbahce and Celtic, with a draw in Amsterdam against Ajax.
They’ll head to another home fortress but this one will likely be the toughest with Sevilla winning 17 of their 20 home games in all competitions this season.
Jurgen Klopp heads back to Germany for their trip to Augsburg who haven’t disappointed when backing goals at home in their group games. Each game saw BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals, losing 3-2 to Bilbao, 3-1 against Serbian side Partizan Belgrad, and a 4-1 win against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. Liverpool are unbeaten away from home in Europe this season and should score with Daniel Sturridge back and already in scoring form.
Sevilla Over 1.5 Team Goals
Manchester United To Score
Liverpool To Score
(96-100, Boylesports) – 2.5 points
Sevilla Over 2.5 Team Goals
Manchester United Over 1.5 Team Goals
Liverpool Over 1.5 Team Goals
(15-2, Coral) – 0.5pts