Man Utd vs Schalke – Berbatov to send Red Devils into Wembley final
Manchester United are unbeaten at Old Trafford in all competitions this season and they should have little trouble maintaining this record in the second leg of their Champions League semi final with Schalke.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team completely outplayed the Germans to claim a comfortable 2-0 win in the opening leg and realistically they should prove just as dominant on their own patch.
Manchester United’s odds are 4/9 to beat Schalke and they have triumphed in their last two home games against Bundesliga opposition.
Schalke have a mountain to climb if they want to reach the final at Wembley and their chances are not supported by the fact that they have never won on their four previous career trips to England.
It is 13/2 in the Champions League betting that Schalke beat Manchester United, but they can take some confidence from their away performances in the competition of late.
Their last away game resulted in a 5-2 away victory against defending champions Inter Milan and a repeat of this result would send them through.
However, only twice in the history of the Champions League has a team progressed to the next round of the tournament after losing at home in the first leg.
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Sir Alex has already stated that he will utilise Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, with the big Premier League decider against Chelsea upcoming this weekend and Wayne Rooney troubled by a tight hamstring.
Therefore, there is a strong possibility that at least one of the pair will find the target against Schalke in the 90 minutes, with Berbatov available at 5/4 and Owen slightly longer at 6/4.
Berbatov also has a decent record against Schalke from his six years with fellow Germans Bayer Leverkusen, scoring six times against them in 11 meetings.
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