Nottingham v Sheffield Wed19/09/2018 19:45
Reading v Norwich19/09/2018 20:00
Young Boys v Manchester United19/09/2018 20:00
Man United come into their first Champions League group match in much better form, with two wins in their last two games. Mourinho knows exactly how to play in big European games, and we see United winning fairly comfortably in this one.
Young Boys are used to playing in the Europa League, in which they mostly struggled to get out of the group stages. They are in good form in their domestic league, but this will be a big step up for them.
United may have been disappointed last year, bowing out in the last 16 to Sevilla. But, they were dominant in the group stages, winning five of their six matches. The hosts don’t have a lot of experience at this level, and for the games they do, they have lost eight of their last 12 CL games.
United’s form has turned at just the right moment, with Pogba and Lukaku looking great at the moment.
In fact, Lukaku will have fond memories after last time out, when he scored a hat-trick for Everton against Young Boys. I think United will dominate on this artificial pitch and should win comfortably in this match.
I am not a big fan of including my own team in a bet. But, I just have a strong feeling both teams will score in this one, and the stats seem to agree. Each of the last seven H2H meetings have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Daniel Farke has faced Reading twice and won both times. But, Norwich are yet to win on the road and each away game so far has seen both teams score. Maybe there are too many both teams to score stats here…
Reading have lost all of their home games to date, but they come off a 3-2 win on the road against Preston. Both teams will be looking to build on their wins last time out, and hopefully, Norwich will get something here.
Norwich have actually won with both teams scoring in three of the last H2H matches.
Forest are yet to lose at home but could be in for a tough time against a Sheffield Wednesday in good form. In fact, Wednesday have scored two or more goals in their last five encounters against Forest, and have been leading at Halftime and Full time in their last four away matches.
The last five matches between these two sides have produced three or more goals, and we expect the same tonight. Karanka is under real pressure, and he needs to start delivering results fast.
In the goalless draw against Swansea, but Wednesday are weaker away from home and have conceded in each match, shipping six goals in three away matches. Forest certainly have the talent to get a goal, but so do Wednesday. For this reason, and the H2H stats we see BTTS as great value at 5/6.
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