Manchester United vs Bursaspor – Champions League – Match Preview and Betting Tips

Manchester United will play Bursaspor in tonight’s third round group match in the Champions League at 7.45 PM BST. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have disappointed so far in the Premier League, but does have a fair chance of raising again tonight against Bursaspor.

The main topic before tonight’s Champions League match has been Wayne Rooney, and whether he plays or not, all eyes will be on him at Old Trafford. This is due to recent reports that the super striker will not be extending his contract and is reportedly ‘adamant’ on not signing a new contract. Rumors are already linking him to a transfer to Manchester City at the opening of the new transfer window.

His poor performance so far this season shows that his personal life are taking a toll on his career on the pitch, and he definitely has a point to prove, if he is to avoid a backlash from the fans. United coach Alex Ferguson has viewed his recent decision as, ‘disappointing’ saying they (the club) have done everything they could for him and have always been there to help him.

Rumors of an impending move from Manchester United were kicked off last week, when the striker contradicted Ferguson’s claim of an ankle injury for placing him on the bench. If he doesn’t play in today’s game, Ferguson will probably put Dimitar Berbatov up front with Javier Hernandez aka Chicharito and play a more traditional 4-4-2 formation.

United has recently shown vulnerability at the back and endured some unnecessary draws from exceptional comebacks. Take the West Bromwich game last weekend for example, having gone two nil up, Manchester United conceded two goals coming from crosses into the box and a drop from their keeper Edwin van der Sar.

Bear in mind this hasn’t happened only once and Bursaspor striker Volkan will be looking to capitalize on United’s vulnerability in the wide areas. His speed and agility may cause problems, if he’s given too much space. However Bursaspor are more likely to play the 4-5-1 formation with Sercan playing solo upfront.

Betting Tip

Having been beaten 1-0 by Rangers, Bursaspor will be looking to get back in the race to the Champions League title by beating Manchester United. A feat many skeptics believe is unlikely considering United’s far superior quality and experience in the competition.

We are among those skeptics and predicting Manchester United to win. Although not doing well in the Premier League, they showed against Valencia that their experience can win the games for them.

Betting Tip – Manchester United to win

Match odds

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Betfair Sports Betting 1.26 6.60 17.00

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ladbrokes Sports Betting 1.20 6.00 15.00

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William Hill Sports Betting 1.22 5.50 15.00

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