Manchester United are the strong favourites in the sports betting odds to progress against Schalke in the Champions League, but the Germans will be confident of springing another shock.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have mixed feelings about European games against German opposition, having beaten Bayern Munich memorably in injury time to win the European Cup a decade ago, but often crashed out in the knock-out round despite being favourites.
They will once more be expected to win when the semi-final gets underway tomorrow (April 26th), but Schalke cannot be underestimated at odds of 11/5 to go through to the final, which will be played at Wembley Stadium, after they eliminated defending champions Inter Milan in the last round.
Raul is the talisman the German side will be pinning their hopes on and the British team will have to keep a close eye on the veteran Spaniard if they are to get a result from the first leg in Germany.
That is not to say he is the only attacking player of quality Schalke have in their ranks, as they can also call upon the services of the likes of Jefferson Farfan and Klaus Jan Huntelaar, who was once rumoured to be a target of Ferguson’s.
Semi-finals are often tight affairs in the Champions League and Manchester United would probably be happy with a draw if they were to score a crucial away goal.
A 1-1 tie could therefore be the result to bet on, with attractive odds of 23/4, while those who do not think either side will trouble the scorers could go for 0-0 at 6/1.
But Ferguson might want to get the tie sewn up in the opening leg and send out his men to attack and seal a 2-0 or 3-0 victory to make the second leg at Old Trafford more straightforward.
If sports betting fanatics believe United will pull off an ideal result and win as well as keeping a clean sheet, they will find odds of 13/5.
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