All the pre-match patter ahead of Manchester United’s last-16 Champions League clash against Olympiacos has understandably focused around that spectacular new deal for Wayne Rooney.
But while Wazza is wondering what Prada hairpiece to purchase next, it’s the silver fox-in-the-box lining up alongside him who should be backed to fire them to victory in Greece.
Robin van Persie may be going a little grey in the mane, but he’s still hitting the back of the onion bad in unerring fashion, with four in his last five appearances for the Red Devils.
Therefore, why not spice up your Tuesday night at the local by plumping for the 11/5 on the dialled-in Dutchman to score as part of a United win? Or, take Ladbrokes up on their boosted odds for RVP to score the first goal of the game at 9/2, out from 4/1.
Having seen his Champions League involvement curtailed through injury earlier in the season, RVP will be keen as mustard to increase his tally of one, as he tries to help United capture a trophy which is still missing from his personal collection.
The omens for a tie-shaping victory are good too, against a team Group A’s winners already own a 4-0 head-to-head record over in the competition, applying value to the 23/20 about that outcome.
While David Moyes’ current crop have crumbled spectacularly in their title defence this season, they’ve saved their best work for Europe where they’re unbeaten in six games ahead of their Athens assignment.
The highest-paid player in the club’s history certainly feels that he and his teammates have found the right chemistry to go far in the Champions League this season.
Rooney said: ‘We’ve got the quality in the team. We’ve been excellent in the Champions League this year and hopefully we can take that into the [Olympiakos] game.’
‘If we can go to the final it’d be great. It would be an opportunity to win another trophy, so hopefully we can.’
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