FEB 25: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW

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MAN UNITED’S only chance of winning silverware this season hangs on the biggest prize of all – the Champions League.

Davie Moyes’s men are 11 points off the pace in the hunt for fourth place and were knocked out both cups at home to Swansea and Sunderland.

But while struggling domestically they’ve enjoyed their European campaign and can take a giant step towards the quarter-finals with a win away to Olympiakos in Tuesday.

The Red Devils are a biggest 25-1 with BetVictor and McBookie to win the Champions League.

I won’t be on it but stranger things have happened. Liverpool did it in 2005 and Chelsea in 2012 despite both finishing outside the top four in the Premier League in those particular seasons.

Olympiakos are 23 points clear at the top of the Greek league but their Euro campaign resumes without star striker Kostas Mitroglou – sold to Fulham – and Javier Saviola (injured). Marko Scepovic, who hit a hat-trick in the 4-0 weekend win over Crete, is ineligible so the Greeks will go with inexperienced but talented Nigerian striker Michael Olaitan up front.

United are boosted by Wayne Rooney’s decision to stay and robin van Persie’s goal-laden comeback but Juan Mata is cup-tied after playing for Chelsea.

Their best display of the season came in bashing Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in Germany and they look decent at 5-4 with McBookie and BetVictor to win tonight.

Van Persie’s netted four in five games since returning and is 4-1 (general) to hit the opener. To net at anytime the Dutchman is 11-8 at BetVictor and McBookie.

Rooney marked his new deal with a goal against Crystal Palace and he is 7-4 at bet365 to net in Athens.

Last week there were four away wins in the Champions League but that trend could be bucked tonight with injury-hit Borussia Dortmund facing a tough trip to Zenit St Petersburg.

Dortmund suffered a 3-0 loss to lowly Hamburg but Zenit haven’t played a competitive fixture since early December. They drew all three group games at the Petrovsky so take another stalemate at 14-5 with bet365.

There is no doubt Dortmund will be well backed but ay a best 17-20 with bet365 and Ladbrokes I think they’re too short.

Zenit boast class acts Hulk and Andrei Arshavin in midfield but have lost Danny and Roman Shirokov so new signing Jose Rondon will be up front.

He isn’t in the same class as Dortmund’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski but the Pole will need better service than he got at Hamburg before going off.

Recommended Bets

Man United (7.45pm)
(5-4, BetVictor, McBookie)

Van Persie to score
(11-8, BetVictor, McBookie)

Zenit v Dortmund draw (5pm)
(14-5, bet365)

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21 Comments
  1. Yndkr 4 years ago

    Mr F, unfortunately Mata is cup tied for United so he won’t be part of any of United’s success in the CL this year.

  2. Snook 4 years ago

    Mata is cup tied.

  3. Sean Ireland 4 years ago

    Got my call on the Linfield match of home win and Btts to score correct and the early round of the Setanta to be left well alone,unlucky Mr F you picked the only one to be on the unders but thats football for you.
    Ill be taking the price for a Man utd victory 11/10 tomorrow as youve suggested, they havent conceded a goal in last 4 champs lg games,hammered leverkusen away and Olympiakos lost home and away to PSG.
    Ill be throwing them on a coupon with Luton 8/15 for obvious reasons and i like the look of Rotherham draw no bet @ 6/5 away to preston,Rotherham like Preston are a lot better away than at home and with the form they are in they have to be worth the price,something else to consider its likely both teams will score in the game so that would leave Rotherham having to score at least twice for a result,the recent stats show they have scored at least two goals in thier last 7 games, to score 2 or more tomorrow the price is around 15/8.

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      Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      Sean, must have been a pretty poor display by St Pat’s – either that or happy to take one-goal lead into second leg.

      • Fitba Tips 4 years ago

        Pats started slowly last season too if memory serves. even then when they went on an amazing run without losing they picked up a lot of 1 and 2 nil victories. Could be the same again this year.

        Im guessing the Ballinamallard players enjoyed their moment in the spotlight too.

  4. craigyboy 4 years ago

    Man U look a banker tomorrow…someone please convince me why I shouldn’t back them. There so inconsistent this year.
    I’d rather back Dortmund but this year again they aren’t convincing.

  5. Rustychest 4 years ago

    My ‘upset’ singles/double:

    Olympiakos (27/10)

    Galatasaray (10/3)

    15/1 if you dare. Small stakes :)

  6. Rustychest 4 years ago

    Additionally, I have a hunch that Burak Yilmaz will score against Chelsea. He is at 5/2 to score at anytime. He has been showing better form this half of the season, he is itching to prove himself against a Premier League side, Mourinho loves putting an eye on players who do well against his teams, and it would be an odd affair for Burak to score against team-mate and co-striker Drogba’s old side where he made himself a legend.

  7. Rustychest 4 years ago

    Mr. F, did I post my Galatasaray v Chelsea thoughts too early? I know tonight be about Zenit/Dortmund and Olympiakos/Man Utd.

    It’s going to be an extremely heated atmosphere both in Greece and Turkey. In 93, when Galatasaray knocked Sir Alex Ferguson’s side out in Istanbul he called “It was hell”. I think it’s David Moyes’ turn to label Greece as Man Utd’s new hell.

    Mata would mean a lot but he’s no good in the stands. I initially forgot he was cup tied too.

  8. Sean Ireland 4 years ago

    The weather may have played its part Mr F,been very wet n stormy over here all evening and there wouldnt have been much shelter from the elements on ballinamallards pitch

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      Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      Sean, I’d never heard of them so had to check them out. Looked like a junior ground to be fair. Right, I’m off – will be a busy morning checking teams news before putting up tips.

      • Fitba Tips 4 years ago

        Drove through Ballinamallard once, at least I think I did. All I saw was a gated homestead but the sign said Ballinamallard. 😀

  9. Mark1976 4 years ago

    Nice write up Sean with top info, many thanks.

  10. Troy 4 years ago

    Sean – Alex REVELL (Striker) is not playing for Rotherham!

  11. Zlaja 4 years ago

    Saviola might play tonight. I’d wait a bit for lineups before betting.

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      Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      Zlaja, where are you reading that Saviola might play? All team news I’ve read is he’s out with a thigh injury.

  12. Troy 4 years ago

    I’m pretty convinced Man U will win this…..It’s more than 50-50 and 5/4 is a great price!

  13. Stevie 4 years ago

    Cannot leave comments on top tips page so posting here a little heads up on the droylsden v kings Lynn match. Droylsden one nil up but lose heavily most games get on in play kings Lynn at 3-1 I double chance at evens

  14. Stevie 4 years ago

    Kings Lynn now lead 2-1 the price went upto 6-1 at its highest hope someone got on it

  15. winston 4 years ago

    Good tips,but man united is winphobic now days.

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