Thursday night’s home defeat in the first leg of their Europa League tie with Athletic Bilbao has left Manchester United in the unwanted position of having to win at the imposing San Mames next week in order to progress.
Though the tournament is not the Reds’ priority, Sir Alex Ferguson is canny enough to realise that it represents an excellent chance of some silverware and as such he will be loathe to exit at the last-16 stage.
With that in mind, there are suggestions that United could rest players against West Brom on Sunday and that is worth considering before making any selections.
Wayne Rooney’s two goals on Thursday night were not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat, but did continue his fine recent goalscoring form, bringing his tally to seven goals in his last five appearances.
He is available at 5/2 to open the scoring against the Baggies, or at 7/10 to score at any time – both prices look appealing given that the England man has scored in his last two appearances against West Brom.
Punters joining bwin.com receive a free £25 bet and placing this on Rooney to score first would offer winnings of £87.50 if the former Everton hitman does indeed break the deadlock.
Rooney is available at 5/2 to open the scoring against the Baggies, or at 7/10 to score at any time – both prices look appealing given that the England man has scored in his last two appearances against West Brom.
Also worth considering is the 5/2 offered for Rooney to score two or more goals in the match. In four of the last five games the striker has found the net, he has scored twice.
Elsewhere in the betting for United, Danny Welbeck to score at any time at evens also looks appealing. The 21-year-old is likely to start having been on the bench against Bilbao and his pace could well trouble the Baggies’ back line.
For West Brom, the man to consider in the scoring market is Peter Odemwingie.
United have conceded in six of their last seven matches, while Odemwingie has scored six goals in his last seven. The price of 5/2 for the Nigerian to score at any time is definitely worth a small play.
Wayne Rooney to score first @ 5/2 Peter Odemwingie to score at any time @ 5/2
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