Despite running through a real torrid run of form, Manchester United are quite significant betting favorites to dispatch Turkish side, Galatasaray in their UEFA Champions League group stage match tonight at Old Trafford – in a bid to get their first points on the board.
Returning to Premier League action over the course of the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s side suffered a hugely disappointing and rather dismal 0-1 loss to Roy Hodgsen’s Crystal Palace side, having previously beaten the London club 3-0 at home just earlier in the week in their first match as part of a Carabao Cup defense.
Seeing another VAR decision go against them despite a slew of appeals, Manchester United will feel hard done by after a Palace defender handled in the area before a pass could reach forward, Marcus Rashford, only for the referee to point for a corner.
Failing to create more than a couple of significant chances, particularly for Danish forward, Rasmus Hojlund, United fell to a first half strike from Joachim Andersen, who found the net in the opening half.
However, despite their recent losses to Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion and Bundesliga winners, Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League return last month, United are closing as decent -210 betting favorites to beat the +550 betting underdogs, Galatarasary tonight at home.
A slew of markets and bookies are still taking action on tonight’s UEFA Champions League return, with event a host offering welcome bonuses at casinos with punters confident enough to wager on ten Hag’s side finally lodging points as part of a tricky group.
Welcoming Brazilian forward, Antony back to the camp over the course of last weekend amid police and club investigations into a personal matter in his native Brazil with his former partner, the former Ajax winger was unavailable for selection against Palace at the weekend, however, is expected to potentially return to a travelling team to Old Trafford tonight.
Deployed at left back again on the weekend against Palace, Moroccan midfield engine, Sofyan Amrabat has yet to feature substantially in a double-pivot alongside Brazilian veteran, Casemiro – with the on-loan Fiorentina star likely to feature on the left flank again tonight as part of a crumbling defense.
Furthermore, again without Argentine center half, Lisandro Martinez – the FIFA World Cup winner is set for a potential three-month sidelining once more, with surgery to address a prior foot injury expected to take place this week.
Tackling Danish side, FC Copenhagen in their opening group game, Turkish Super Lig side, Galatasaray battled to a 2-2 draw at home in their opening UEFA Champions League group match, replying to a two goal deficit with late strikes from both Sacha Boey, and Tete.
Unbeaten nationally and domestically this season, Galatasaray, led up top by former Paris Saint Germain and Internazionale forward, Mauro Icardi, most recently scored twice to defeat Ankaragucu 2-1 before the turn of the month leading into tonight’s massive second tie match with Manchester United.
Across six prior matches between the two, Manchester United landed two wins to Galatasaray’s one victory, with the points shared between the two in their three other matchups.