Manchester United will be looking to take control of Champions League Group G with a win when they entertain Juventus at Old Trafford this evening.
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick-off time: 20:00 BST
Referee: Milorad Mazic
The Red Devils have shown some real fight over the past two Premier League games having come from behind to beat Newcastle United and draw 2-2 at Chelsea to secure four valuable points so Jose Mourinho will be hoping they can translate that form to Europe.
United were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia at Old Trafford in their last Champions League game which has left them sitting two points adrift of Group G leaders Juventus so Mourinho knows they need a positive result tonight to stay in touch with the Italians.
Victory for United would see them go top of the table ahead of the return leg in Turin next month but defeat would see them fall five points off the pace and make it extremely difficult for them to overhaul the Serie A champions.
United have injury concerns. There is no Alexis Sanchez, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard or Marouane Fellaini. Whispers have suggested that young Tahith Chong will be included in the squad, which tells you everything you need to know about how depleted Mourinho’s options are right now.
Romelu Lukaku should start, as should Anthony Martial who was the star-of-the-show last time out. It’s a big opportunity for Paul Pogba to prove his worth to United, while getting one over on his former employers.
It’s not often United are the underdogs on home soil but tonight is one of those rare occasions as Juventus are the 6/4 favourites to win the game with United priced at 21/10 with many bookmakers while you can get the draw at 23/10.
United have won four of their last six meetings with Juventus but the two sides haven’t met in over 15 years and there is no doubt the Old Lady will provide stiff competition for Mourinho’s men this evening.
United have come strong in the second half of games recently so if you’ve backed Juventus and they’re winning at half-time then you may want to consider cashing out your bet. Not all bookmakers offer this service but you can check out a list with cash out betting sites here.
Manchester United will have taken confidence from their second-half performance against Chelsea but Juve have lost just two of their last 17 away Champions League games so they’ll be difficult to beat tonight.
I don’t see United taking the game to Juventus and the visitors are notoriously difficult to break down so under 2.5 match goals looks good value at odds of 7/10. If United do snatch victory I think it will be a narrow 1-0 win, which can be backed at 15/2, but a 1-1 draw is also tempting at odds of 5/1.