Prediction and odds for the game: Manchester United (4/9) vs Granada (6/1)
We are backing over 2.5 goals at odds of 4/5
When: Thursday, 15th April 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: Old Trafford
On Thursday night, Manchester United host Granada at Old Trafford in the Europa League quarter-final second leg. The reverse fixture finished 2-0 to the home team and the Red Devils will be confident of seeing the job through.
The Red Devils seem to have hit form in recent weeks, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team head into this clash on the back of five wins in their last six matches in all competitions. That run of form includes the victory in the first leg. Last time out, United recorded a 3-1 win at Tottenham. The win saw the home side score at least two goals for the third straight game. Their recent good form has consolidated the Red Devils in second place in the Premier League table.
United also have a good recent record in the Europa League, as they have lost just one of their last 12 games in the competition. The first leg wins means that the Red Devils are unbeaten in five games in the Europa League. The home team have a good recent defensive record in European football’s secondary competition, as they have conceded just once in their last five games.
The Spanish club are experiencing another solid campaign under the impressive Diego Martinez. The former Osasuna coach has done an outstanding job with the club. They are eighth-place in La Liga, but a recent dip in form means that it will be an uphill task for the visitors to qualify for the Europa League next season.
A 2-1 win at Real Valladolid ended a four-game losing run in all competitions. The win will lift spirits ahead of what is a difficult encounter.
Despite making it through to the last eight of the Europa League, Granada have a poor recent record in the competition, as they have won just two of their last eight matches. To make matters worse, the visitors have also lost three of their last four European matches.
The Spanish outfit have also failed to win in three Europa League matches on their travels, losing their last two away games in Europe at Napoli and Molde.
Manchester United have looked strong in recent games, while Granada had been on a poor run of form until the weekend win over Real Valladolid. We can’t see anything other than a home win in this clash. We do think there will be goals, so the other bet we are recommending is over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 4/9 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365)
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