Under 2.5 goals looks a safe way to make money from Man Utd’s Euro trip
Coral are offering the top price on Man Utd beating Olympiakos at 5/4 and the fact that the Red Devils have won all four previous meetings between the two sides does enhance the opinion that these are odds worth taking.
However, the home record of the runaway Greek league leaders does throw some doubt over this outcome, as they have won all 13 league fixtures at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki this season.
Meanwhile, Man Utd in 2002 were the last English team to beat Olympiakos on their own patch and David Moyes has seen his team lose three of their last five away outings in all competitions.
Therefore, the safer money may be on under 2.5 goals being scored when Man Utd head to Greece, which can be backed at 6/10.
The Red Devils only conceded once across their three group-stage away matches, with a greater focus on defence particularly noticeable when visiting Shakhtar Donetsk, alongside a trip to Bayer Leverkusen.
Successive domestic clean sheets against Arsenal and Crystal Palace additionally suggest a focus on improved defensive solidarity, while the absence of Juan Mata here should bring a more compact shape.
For all of Olympiakos’ domestic dominance, the tougher opposition has meant that this has not translated to the Champions League.
They only scored more than once in one of their three home group-stage matches and this was against an Anderlecht side that finished with eight men.
Given that Olympiakos also have major concerns in attack for this one, with Javier Saviola injured, Marko Scepovic ineligible and Nelson Valdez requiring a late fitness test, goals look far from promised.
Under 1.5 goals may also not prove the worst bet at 2/1, while it is 4/5 that at least one of the teams fail to score in Greece in the first leg of this round-of-16 encounter.