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Man United will huff without puff in game for the unders lovers

| 19.03.2014

You don’t need yet another sports writer to tell you just how monumental Manchester United’s match against Olympiacos in the Champions League is.

How United should line-up or what the consequences of a loss would be are immaterial, what is important is how you can make money from it, which is where we come in.

If Tom Hanks’ Chuck Noland was still castaway on his desert island to this day, even he’d know that David Moyes’ side are staring a 2-0 deficit in the face when the Greek champions visit Old Trafford.

United are 8/15 to win the second leg of this round-of-16 clash over 90 minutes, with Olympiacos 5/1 and the draw a 7/2 possibility.

As United’s performances have been more Edward Hyde than Dr Henry Jekyll, betting on the match outcome is as slippery as a Fairy Liquid-doused slope.

Instead consider the cold, hard facts when placing your bet, with the overs/unders market your advised destination.

In five of the Red Devils’ last six games in the Champions League, the total number of goals in the game as fallen short of the 2.5 mark.

It is an appetising 11/10 that this match makes it six in seven and considering United’s tepidness at home (they’ve scored more than two goals in a game at Old Trafford just four times this season), it’s a bet well worth taking.

The fact that ace-holding Olympiacos can sit back and defend what they have, combined with their goal-shy character on the road in Europe’s elite competition, also bodes well for the bet.

They may be ripping home rearguards to shreds like a Rottweiler with a doll on the domestic front, but they’ve only scored more than one goal in an away game once during the Champions League group stage, failing to register any more than four shots on target in any of the trips.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.