Basel odds of 12/1 are indicative of the uphill task they face to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford this evening, despite the absence of the Red Devils’ first-choice strike duo.
Both Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will be missing from the Man Utd starting line-up this evening through injury, moving Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck further up the pecking order.
Nevertheless, the fact United have not failed to find the back of the net in their last 14 matches suggests Basel will struggle to keep a clean sheet no matter who starts up front for the reigning Premier League champions.
A further sign that this will prove to be the case is the fact Sir Alex Ferguson’s side equalled a Premier League record set by Newcastle United in 1994 when they scored against Stoke on Saturday.
Nani’s strike made it 22 goals in their first six league matches of the season.
Basel’s recent record in England does little to inspire confidence either – winless in seven, they have been beaten by Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham in the last few years.
As such, it is no surprise to see Man Utd have been installed as heavy 1/5 favourites to win the match, with a draw at 21/4.
Better value can be had in the handicap market, where giving Basel a 1-0 head start sees Man Utd priced at 57/100 to secure victory.
That said, don’t expect too many goals – United failed to score more than once in any of their three home group games in last season’s competition.
With this in mind, the best bet could be on Man Utd winning 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at odds of 29/20.
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