Prediction and odds for the game: Sheriff Tiraspol (11/1) vs Manchester United (2/9)
We are backing draw/Manchester United at odds of 11/4
When: Thursday 15 September 2022, Kick off 16:45
Where: The Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena
On Thursday evening, Sheriff Tiraspol hosts Manchester United in Group E of the Europa League as the visitors seek their first European win of the season.
The Moldovan team made a name for themselves in the European game last season by recording wins against Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. They started this season in European football’s elite competition before suffering a third qualifying round defeat to Viktoria Plzen.
The home side kicked off their Europa League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 at Omonia Nicosia. The win improved Sheriff’s rather patchy recent record in the Europa League, as it was just their second win in five outings in 90 minutes in the competition.
Sheriff has an inconsistent recent home record in the Europa League too. However, a record of one win in 90 minutes in their previous five home games in the Europa League is a poor one.
Head coach Stjepan Tomas could name an unchanged starting line-up to the one fielded in their opening group game.
Due to the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, Manchester United didn’t play their weekend fixture, so they should be well rested ahead of this clash.
The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Real Sociedad in their opening group game of the campaign. The defeat ended a four-game winning run for Erik ten Hag’s team in all competitions.
United will be keen to bounce straight back to winning ways in this clash. However, they don’t have the best of records in the Europa League, as they have now failed to win in three games in the competition, having suffered two defeats in normal time and a loss on penalty kicks to Villarreal in the 2021 final.
The men from Manchester have a decent recent away record in the Europa League, winning three out of their last four matches in the competition on their travels. A 3-2 defeat at Roma in their previous away game in the Europa League back in 2021 ended a three-game winning run on their travels in the competition.
United have several injury issues. Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellestri are ruled out through injury, while Donny van de Beek, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all fitness doubts.
Sheriff will head into this game in confident mood, as they are in good form. United will feel their defeat in gameweek one was just a blip. We expect the visitors to come out on top in this clash, but the away win offers no value.
The first bet we are backing is over 2.5 goals scored, as we believe this will be a high-scoring encounter. The other bet we are backing is draw/Manchester United, as Sheriff are unlikely to be pushovers, so they could remain in the game at least until half-time.
Our Tips: We are backing draw Manchester United at odds of 11/4 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/7. (All odds are taken from Bet365)
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