Prediction and odds for the game: Manchester United (9/20) v Club Brugge (15/2)
We are backing the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/11
When: Thursday 27th February 2020, Kick-off 8 PM
Where: Old Trafford
On Thursday night, Manchester United host Club Brugge at Old Trafford in the Europa League last-32 second leg. The first leg in Belgium finished 1-1, so it is all to play for in the second leg.
Things seem to be looking up for Manchester United. The Red Devils are in one of the Champions League qualification spots and six games unbeaten in all competitions. Last time out, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team recorded a 3-0 home win over Watford. The win over the Hornets saw United keep a fifth clean sheet in six competitive games.
The men from Manchester have a good recent record in the Europa League, as they have lost just in their last 18 matches dating back to 2016. The Red Devils have also been relatively impressive in defence so far in the competition this season, keeping clean sheets in five of their seven matches.
The home side is unbeaten in the Europa League on home soil in 12 matches, having recorded victories in the process on home soil. They have also conceded just three goals in their last ten home matches in the Europa League.
The visitors are top of the Belgian top-flight by nine points. They are also unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions. Brugge’s recent matches have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven competitive matches.
The visitors started the campaign off in the Champions League. However, despite giving a decent account of themselves they suffer elimination from a group containing European giants Real Madrid and PSG, as well as Galatasaray. Their consolidation prize for finishing third in the group was this tie.
In truth, the team from Belgium has a poor recent record in the Europa League, as they have won just one of their last seven matches in Europe’s secondary competition. Their recent games in the competition have been tight, low-scoring affairs with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last nine matches.
Brugge have failed to win in six away games in the Europa League, suffering four defeats in the process. The visitors have also failed to score in four of their last six away matches in the Europa League.
Manchester United are big favourites to progress to the last-16. However, they may have to grind the win out, which is why we are backing the under 2.5 goals scored. We are also taking a punt on Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes as an anytime goalscorer, as the 25-year-old opened his account against Watford and looked lively throughout the game.
Verdict: We are backing under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/11 and/or Bruno Fernandes to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 17/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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