Betting tips & odds comparison 20.02.2020 Club Brugge - Manchester United FC
Betting Tip for matchday 1 of the 2019/2020 Europa League between Club Brugge and Manchester United FC. The game will be played at Jan Breydel Stadion (Brügge, Belgium) on 20.02.2020 at 18:55.
Club Brugge – Manchester United
Manchester United look to continue their sizzling European form when they travel to Belgium to take on Club Brugge in an intriguing Europa Cup round of 32 first leg encounter at the Jan Breydel Stadion.
Club Brugge have been tearing apart the Belgian Pro League for the better part of the season. They are sitting pretty at the top of the log – nine points clear of their nearest rivals. They have lost just once in 26 outings this term. They also have a bit of a historical pedigree in European competitions, having lost twice to Liverpool in European finals back in the 70s.
They have however failed to replicate this form in Europe this season. To be fair, they were dealt a difficult hand being drawn in the same group with European heavyweights Real Madrid and moneybags PSG. The odds were clearly stack against them right from the get go. They exited the Champions League after finishing third behind the two titans, scoring a measly four goals in six games and shipping in an average of two goals a game.
Coach Philippe Clement has now shifted his attention to the Europa League and he will be counting on Nigerian striker Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis to lead his charges on Thursday night against a Manchester United defence that hasn’t been as generous in Europe as they have been back at home in the premier league. The striker has been in scintillating form both in the domestic league and in the Champions League group stage generating considerable interest among some of Europe’s elite clubs. He is lightning quick and can play the flanks as well as down the middle. The Blauw – Zwatt will be relying on him to keep the United defence on its toes, particularly on counter attacks.
Clinton Mata and Krépin Diatta who were both suspended for Brugge’s final Champions League group game are available for this fixture.
Manchester United come into this tie in high spirits. Buoyed by the signing of long term target Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window and the return to fitness of centre half Eric Bailly from a long injury layoff, they rediscovered their groove and played with oomph and confidence on Monday night to beat close rivals Chelsea 2-0 to blow wide open the race for the champions league qualification slots. Bruno impressed with a masterful display of pin-point passing and elegant movement on and off the ball.
Whilst their league’s erratic form has left a lot to be desired amongst the Old Trafford faithful, the same cannot be said of Manchester United’s Europa league campaign this season. They kept clean sheets in their first four Europa fixtures, securing qualification to this stage with two games to spare. They scored ten goals in the group stage. Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood, with limited opportunities coming his way in the premier league, has had his star shine brightest in this competition, making the most of the opportunity scoring four goals to lead the team through to the knockout phase as Group L winners.
With Marcus Rashford still out, possibly on long term, the onus to lead the lines will fall on Greenwood alongside another January signing Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo who made a cameo debut from the bench in added time against Chelsea. Coach Ole Gunnar Soljskaer has indicated that Ighalo might get the nod to start this game and the striker will be eager to repay the manager’s faith in him by opening his goal account here in Belgium.
The Red Devils got more injury boost during the winter break with Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe both returning to full practice and will be available for selection. Paul Pogba is however still out and a return date is still unknown.
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Both teams have struggled to impress when facing stiff opposition in Europe this season. The Red Devils are on a high coming off the impressive win at Stamford Bridge against rivals Chelsea. They have labored to break down teams that defend deep this season which is how Brugge is likely to set up for this game. Club Brugge have very sharp attacking players that can rattle United’s defence particularly on the counter.
On this basis, we expect that this encounter is likely to be a cagey and low scoring affair and whoever makes the first breakthrough may just be the one to seal the deal here. Our betting tips for the game are therefore: Double Chance Manchester United or Draw @ 1.41, and Goals Under 2.5 @ 1.68. These odds are from 22bet. Take a look at our 22bet review for more information on the bookie.