Trailing 2-1, Manchester United entertain Sunderland for their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg and although the match-odds market has a lottery look about it, there is a strong trend punters could profit from.
With a place against a rampant Manchester City at stake in February’s League Cup final, David Moyes’ besieged side are allotted odds of 1/3 to win this return leg, while 2/5 says they will qualify despite the current deficit.
Four losses in their last five games in all competition hardly fills the would-be United backer with huge confidence, lending no small allure to the 9/1 about Sunderland inflicting a sixth Old Trafford defeat of the season on the hosts inside the 90 minutes.
An interesting and potentially profitable slant on this contest which swerves the awkward obstacle of guessing the eventual winner, though, can be found in one of the more niche goal markets.
Including their controversial first-leg loss, there have been five goals scored during the first 15 minutes of the second half in United’s last six matches across all competitions.
Ladbrokes have a goal to be scored in the Half-Time – 59:00-minute bracket priced at tempting odds of 11/8.
Whatever you think of Moyes’ tactics so far, he certainly seems to get his point across at the break, as four of those five goals belong to United and 15/8 says they can find the net within the same time frame as above again.
As an added bonus bet, punters should not turn their noses up at the 21/20 offering about both teams scoring as this would have landed in four of five and five of six of either sides recent games in all competitions.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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