Thursday nights have suddenly surged in interest, as Manchester United look to make it to the showpiece Europa League final later on this month.
With Marcus Rashford’s free-kick the difference in the first leg, providing a vital away goal in the process, the odds are heavily in favour of the hosts finishing the job and staking a place in Stockholm on May 24th. With that in mind, just what does resident tipster Matthew ‘Bingo’ Crosby think of the Red Devils’ chances and which bets should you be getting behind?
Celta Vigo 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford 67)
First Goalscorer Betting — Rashford (MAN) 3/1, Rooney (MAN) 7/2, Mkhitaryan (MAN) 9/2, Martial (MAN) 9/2, Aspas (CVI) 7/1 – Odds correct as of 2PM 10/05/17
Both Teams To Score – Yes 10/11, No 4/5 – Odds correct as of 2PM 10/05/17
With England’s elite struggling in the Champions League in recent years, it’s refreshing to have the possibility of back-to-back English finalists in the Europa League if Manchester United can match Liverpool’s 2016 feat.
Jose Mourinho and his United side have even prioritised this competition as their easiest way of making next year’s Champions League, putting out weaker Premier League XI’s in the process.
Take nothing away from Vigo though, this is far from a foregone conclusion and the visitors are likely to cause some problems for the home team.
Former Liverpool flop Iago Aspas is now banging the goals in on a regular basis for the Galicians and punters can get behind the 29-year-old to score first at a tasty 7/1.
There’s certainly an evident threat of an away goal, but it is hard to see someone with the experience in European competition that Jose Mourinho has throwing this campaign away now.
It’s hard to see past a home win, but as with almost every other game at Old Trafford this campaign, the draw is definitely worth backing as cover.
Combined with Vigo’s threat, it makes the Manchester United or Draw and Both Teams to Score @ 6/5 one of the best bets we’ve seen in a while.