The Europa League action continues at 8pm BST on Thursday night and one of the key games is Manchester United versus Sheriff Tiraspol from Old Trafford. The Premier League club can seal a place in the knockout round and keep their last 16 hopes alive with a victory.
Can they earn that win against a visiting Moldovan side that are heavy underdogs but have been giant-killers in Europe before? Read on to find out what the best Europa League odds being offered are for this upcoming match.
Man Utd Betting Trends
Manchester United didn’t have a great start to the season with the club losing their first two league games by an aggregate score of 6-1 and suffering a disappointing 1-0 loss in their opening Europa League group stage game against Real Sociedad at home. Form has now settled under head coach Erik ten Hag but it’s still not a team that seems entirely at peace with itself. The Red Devils are up to 6th place in the Premier League table and have won their last 3 matches in a row in this competition to move to within 1 point of confirming their place in the next round.
However, ten Hag will undoubtedly be targeting group leaders Real Sociedad and will want to win here to take the battle for top spot into their final group game against the Spaniards away. United have now won 9 of their last 13 matches in all competitions and they have only conceded 1 goal in their last 4 matches across all competitions.
It’s interesting to see that 3 of their 4 group games have ended in less than 2.5 goals being scored. The centre back partnership of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane is clearly having an impact but it’ll be interesting to see if ten Hag decides to stick with Victor Lindelof in Varane’s absence due to injury or if the out-of-form Harry Maguire will have a chance of redemption soon.
Sheriff Tiraspol Betting Trends
Sheriff Tiraspol are a team that hardly anyone had heard of before recent seasons. The little club from the disputed Moldovan territory of Transnistria have already been making waves on the European front in the past couple of campaigns. It was only last season that they pulled off a shock 2-1 win over eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid in that very competition in the Bernabeu in what was undoubtedly one of the greatest upsets in European football history.
Head coach Stjepan Tomas has resigned from his role with the team just days before this clash leaving the club in disarray. This controversy could not have come at a worse time with Sheriff in need of a win to keep their qualification hopes for the next round alive. The team are in 3rd place with just 3 points from their 4 group games so far. That solitary win to earn those points came in their opening group match in a 3-0 win away to Omonia.
Unfortunately, it’s been 3 losses in a row without even scoring a goal since then. Tomas also witnessed his team suffer a surprise loss away to Petrocub in the league on the weekend and it seems that was enough to push him over the edge despite the team sitting on top spot of the Moldovan Super Liga and still on course to qualify for the Europa Conference League play-offs. One thing looks for sure, with all 12 of Sheriff’s European games seeing 3.5 goals or less so far this is likely to be a game that won’t be a goal bonanza but I’d still stretch to under 3.5 goals being scored rather than under 2.5 goals.
Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol Betting Tips
I really think the resignation of Tomas will make this game move from being a very tough job to being nearly impossible. Manchester United are beginning to show more and more of that ten Hag DNA.
Even after the latest issues with Cristiano Ronaldo storming off before full-time in the win over Tottenham before being left out of the squad entirely for the Chelsea draw there is a feeling ten Hag has the support of the squad. Sheriff don’t even have a head coach at the helm so they should be there for the taking for a club of the stature of United. It seems obvious but backing the handicap and clean sheet win is looking tempting.
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