After they registered a relatively comfortable 2-0 triumph in Amsterdam it’s easy to see why Manchester United are just 4/11 with Paddy Power to beat Ajax again in the second leg of the pair’s Europa League tie at Old Trafford.
Coral quote Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges at 6/1 to again notch twice without reply while another clean sheet seems likely given that they shut out their opponents away from home, so a case can be made for Blue Square’s 6/5, marked against a United victory ‘to nil’.
At the other end, Dimitar Berbatov picked up a knock in training and was subsequently left out of the first-leg travelling party but the Bulgarian looks set to return to the fold for this clash and he could be handed a start. He’s an eye-catching 5/1 courtesy of Boylesports to break the deadlock and BetVictor quote Berbatov at 5/4 to notch at any stage.
In Spain, Stoke face an uphill struggle if they are to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Valencia. Los Che are just 1/16 at Skybet to qualify for the next stage having edged out the Potters at the Britannia Stadium and Stan James price the La Liga outfit at 4/9 to defeat Tony Pulis’ battlers again.
City however, have nothing to lose and can give it a good go so it may be worth backing them to at least be on level terms at the interval, an outcome Totesport chalk up at 6/4.
Dimitar Berbatov to score first – 5/1 (Boylesports)