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Club Brugge vs. Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
20 February 2020
Manchester United look to build on a decent run of form as they travel to Belgian league leaders Bruge on Thursday evening.
United easily had the beating of their opponents when the sides last met in qualifiers for the 2015/16 Champions League. Wayne Rooney bagged a hattrick on the night, with Ander Herrera also on the scoresheet, with Club Brugge failing to respond.
Philippe Clement will be able to welcome back Krepin Diatta and Clinton Mata who both return from suspension on Thursday whilst United fans will recognise former Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet in goal for Brugge. With no injuries and a five day gap from their previous fixture, the home side should have fresh legs going into the fixture.
Odion Ighalo made his debut for United on Monday night, and in the absence of Marcus Rashford, may start against Brugge. Anthony Martial is expected to be rested, meaning that Mason Greenwood may start out wide, with Juan Mata and Diogo Dalot both likely to feature.
Club Brugge vs. Manchester United Predictions, Preview and Predictions
A hard fought win over Chelsea on Monday night means that Manchester United have gone four games unbeaten and will hope to maintain the positive atmosphere on Thursday night. They’re 2.30 to win, with the hosts at 3.20 and the draw at 3.30.
Their opponents, Brugge, are enjoying a purple patch of their own, having not been beaten in a competitive match since matchday six of the Champions League. Philippe Clement’s side may not have the best form in Europe, but is able to boast a youthful and attacking squad, who should cause problems for the visitors.
David Okereke and Emmanuel Dennis have both more than enough pace to pose a real threat on the counter, not to mention the finesse to finish chances. This is the area that could be the most problematic for United, who have been susceptible to quick turn-overs, especially with Eric Bailly unlikely to play on Thursday, having only just returned from injury.
Solkjaer will be hoping that his side’s attacking prowess is enough to give United the advantage before the match comes to Old Trafford. Even if Anthony Martial doesn’t start, the squad should be strong enough to prevent an upset, with Mason Greenwood looking lively in the Europa League this season at 2.5 to score anytime.
An early goal for the away side would allow them to set up shop, and avoid giving Brugge space to break into.
Under 2.5 goals at 1.68
United may be slightly fatigued having played in London on Monday, and would be happy to keep the score down.
Both teams to score at 1.90
If the visitors push on for a win, they may well leave some space in behind for the likes of Dennis to exploit.