When you can’t buy a home win in the league, these Champions League games provide David Moyes and Manchester United, the perfect opportunity to get the Old Trafford crowd back on their side.
Having already defeated arguably their biggest rivals for Group A supremacy, Bayer Leverkusen, at the Theatre of Dreams, brushing aside Real Sociedad shouldn’t be too difficult, something reflected in United’s odds of 8/15.
Arriving off the back of successive losses in the group and having only won two of their opening nine La Liga matches, this is a Sociedad outfit devoid of confidence and ripe for the picking.
The visitors are a far cry from the La Liga entertainers of last season which new Roma coach Rudi Garcia guided to a fourth-placed finish, before leaving for Italy under a cloud – the difference in the club’s fortunes since is quite startling.
So, where to place your pennies aside from lumping on the home victory? A feature of the United’s first two fixtures in the competition has been to start brightly; twice going in front within 25 minutes.
With this in mind (as well as the need for a post-Southampton reaction), taking 13/8 on Man United being in front after half an hour, in the Result after 30 Minutes market, could well prove profitable.
Along the same theme is another potential money-spinner in backing a third Champions League goal of their campaign to arrive between the 15:00 and 29:59 minute-mark at 23/20.
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie’s return to scoring ways for his club with the opener against Saints, following on from a hat-trick for his country, make the Dutchman’s 3/1 to pop the lid on the scoring another real tempter.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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