Man Utd v Club Brugge Betting Tips: Utd to progress before tougher tests?
Michael Johnson | 27 February 2020
Odds, tips and insights ahead of the Europa League clash
After drawing 1-1 in the first leg, Manchester United only require a clean sheet to progress to the Europa League round of 16. Can opponents Club Brugge overcome several key injuries to stop the Red Devils in their tracks?
Kick-off is at 20:00, with the action live on BT Sport 2 and we’ve got all the pre-match odds and info right here…
Unbeaten in four games, Man Utd go into the tie as heavy favourites at 4/9 for the win.
Man Utd have finally found some form under Ole Gunnar Solskjær after a season plagued by inconsistency.
While progressing in the Europa League will be expected at this point, they may have one eye on the tough tests that lie ahead in the Premier League. They face Everton, Man City, Tottenham and Sheffield Utd in the coming weeks.
While Club Brugge failed to capitalise in the home leg, they’ve opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Belgian Pro League and are unbeaten in competitive games in 2020.
Unfortunately for the Belgian side, both their captain Ruud Vormer and the scorer of their first-leg goal Emmanuel Dennis are set to miss out tonight through injury.
Man Utd have no fresh injury worries, with only Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford missing from their squad with long-term injuries.
Tonight could be an opportunity to give January loan signing Odion Ighalo some much-needed minutes, but with Anthony Martial scoring in each of his last three games, he’s expected to continue up front.
Club Brugge will be forced into changes tonight thanks to injuries to forward Dennis and Vormer.
Nigerian David Okereke is expected to start up front in place of Dennis, having recently recovered from injury himself, while Mats Rits, Éder Balanta and Percy Tau are likely to make up their midfield three.
Both sides struggled to find fluidity in the first leg, perhaps thanks to a conservative team selection from Man Utd manager Solskjær. That game saw Andreas Pereira paired with Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park, supporting Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard – with Martial as a lone striker.
After a sensational performance against Watford, Man Utd fans will be keen to see what January signing Bruno Fernandes can do if given 90 minutes against their Belgian opposition. Against Watford, the Portuguese ran the show, winning and scoring a penalty, before laying on two goals for his team-mates.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet provided the long-ball assist that allowed Dennis to score in the first leg, predictably earning the acclaim of fans of his old club. It’s likely he’ll be busier at the other end of the pitch tonight, with the in-form Martial and Mason Greenwood providing the goal threat.
Man Utd January signing Ighalo may not start but will almost certainly enter the fray at some point. Find him at 5/4 to score anytime. If you’re expecting a late cameo, you can find him at 16/5 to score the last goal of the game.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication