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Bookies can’t separate Man Utd and Liverpool in Europa League clash

| 26.02.2016

The last 16 draw for the Europa League saw many of the favoured teams in the market drawn against each other and there was no doubt about the pick of the ties.

While Tottenham’s clash with Borussia Dortmund should be a cracker, two old rivals will do battle in the north west when Liverpool take on Manchester United.

And although neither have been at their very best this term, you can expect that the lure of a Manchester and Liverpool battle will see the performances stepped up a notch.

Such has been the unpredictable nature of this campaign the two are inseparable in the betting.

Ladbrokes make either side a 5/6 shot to progress to the next round and go just two ties away from a final appearance in Basel.

United hold the advantage when it comes to the historical record between the two in cup competitions, but a look more recently sees each team winning three of the last six clashes in knock-out tournaments.

It will be a busy period for both sides with Louis van Gaal’s men now set for a run of six fixtures in their next 19 days, while their Merseyside foes take in five in that same period.

Whichever side goes through from the two-legged affair will be carrying the money of those that have backed an English winner of the competition.

The bookies have priced it up as a 13/5 shot that any team from the Premier League is lifting the trophy in May, something that could rely on one side by the time the quarter-finals come round.

Tottenham’s clash with the tournament favourites sees them chalked up as 13/8 outsiders to make the next round of the competition and justify the odds that sees them installed as 9/1 third-favourites.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing.



Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.