Both sides could do with a morale-boosting win from this tussle but our tipster is expecting a low-scoring Europa League clash between these teams at Old Trafford
Manchester United face Fenerbahce in a crucial Europa League clash at Old Trafford on Thursday. Jose Mourinho’s men have had a mixed start to their Europa League campaign, for United suffered a dismal defeat against Feyenoord in their group opener, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal gave the Old Trafford outfit a vital victory against Zorya last time out.
As such, three points against the team from Turkey could prove pivotal as the men from Manchester fight for a place in the knockout stages of the competition – and United are chalked up as 1/2 (1.50) favourites to come out on top.
Fenerbahce have lost just one of their last 13 matches in the Europa League, but the Turkish team have endured a bitterly disappointing start to the season, having won just two of their opening seven league matches; as a consequence, there is plenty of pressure on manager Dick Advocaat ahead of this tie.
The visitors can be backed at 5/1 (6.0) with bet365 to relieve the pressure on the former Sunderland boss and heap yet more misery upon Mourinho by picking up all three points, while the odds compilers offer 100/30 (4.33) that the two teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils from this tie.
Wayne Rooney hit a hat-trick on his Manchester United debut against Fenerbahce 12 years ago and, having been dropped from United’s starting line-up by Mourinho in recent weeks, the England captain will be determined to make his mark in this match – if he is afforded game time by the 53-year-old Portuguese boss.
United romped to a 6-2 victory in that 2004 Champions League clash and bet365 offer 10/11 (1.91) that there are goals at both ends in this tie, while the same firm go 4/5 (1.80) that the match produces more than two goals – a selection that would have paid dividends in each of the two most recent meetings between these teams.
Goals, however, may prove harder to come by this time around, for United have scored just twice in their last three matches, while the men from Manchester have managed more than one goal in just one of their last seven matches in this competition.
The even money (2.0) quote, therefore, for fewer than three goals to be scored in this game offers outstanding value for punters.
With both sides struggling to find their best form, backing a low-scoring clash could be the best approach and it is the even money (2.0) quote for no more than two goals to be scored that is the recommended play; the selection would have seen punters profit in each of United’s last four Europa League ties, as well as in five of Fenerbahce’s last six away matches in this competition.