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Schalke Manchester United Betting – Red Devils Roll Into Champions League Final

Posted by Todd Shale on 5/3/2011 3:34:44 PM
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Online betting players should know that Manchester United is extremely difficult to beat at home, which means the odds are definitely against Schalke 04 when they head to Old Trafford on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal. United will ring the changes to their squad with a massive league game on the weekend, but they have enough depth to claim a victory to send them to the final.

  • What: Soccer Betting
  • When: Wednesday, May 4th, 2:45 PM ET
  • Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  • Pick: Manchester United

Why Bet On Schalke

The main reason to bet on Schalke 04 in this match is, they can’t play any worse than they did in the 2-0 loss at home in the first leg, but it’s not that they played badly, they just looked extremely nervous and out of their limit. The German team got caught up in the glare of the spotlight, playing in the Champions League semifinals against one of the biggest names in world soccer, and they froze, outside of striker Raul and keeper Manuel Neuer, who put on a clinic to keep the score just 2-0. Neuer may have been auditioning for a spot at United next season as the Red Devils will be losing Edwin Van Der Sar to retirement, and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson remarked that it was the best goalkeeping display he’d ever seen against his team. But the rest of the team was atrocious, as Jefferson Farfan didn’t do much after a couple of early shots, The midfield duo of Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Jose Jurado couldn’t keep the ball, and the back four were ran ragged by United’s attacking players. It was a poor performance from start to finish for Schalke, who looked like the worst team to ever reach a Champions League semifinal, but as was said earlier, they can’t play any worse…..or can they?

Schalke has come up with some big away performances, notably a 5-2 rout of defending champions Inter Milan at the San Siro in the last round, but they may have to be even better to overcome this two-goal deficit at Old Trafford. They’re also coming off a 4-1 trouncing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga away from home, and we fear that Schalke’s soccer betting chances have run out.

Why Bet On Man United

United followed up their dominant performance in Germany with a letdown game at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, which they lost 1-0 to pull Chelsea back into the championship race, so you can expect the Red Devils to come out with plenty of fire. The United defense didn’t have much to worry about, but it’s a much better unit with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who has been injured for most of the season. But the central-midfield duo of Michael Carrick and Park Ji-Sung dominated the game for United, getting the ball off their Schalke counterparts, and then they would feed the likes of Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia, who were fantastic, and Wayne Rooney, who is finally back to his best after a tumultuous season. The only negative was Javier Hernandez’s inability to score despite a lot of chances, and it was a rare off-night for the Mexican youngster. But all in all, it may have been United’s best game of the season in any competition, and the only fear came in the first half, when they peppered Neuer and couldn’t breach the German international  until the 67th minute when Giggs was set up by Rooney, who scored two minutes later.

The biggest reason to bet against United is complacency, but that likely won’t happen at home. Rooney may sit this game out as he had a tight hamstring, so with one eye on this weekend’s monumental clash against Chelsea, Ferguson may rest Rooney. He has already said that strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen will play, along with midfielders Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher, who has been out for over a month because of a virus.

How The Game Will Play Out

United is a massive soccer betting favorite of -250 at home in this contest, while Schalke is rated at +575, and a draw comes in at +315. United’s largest concern should be overlooking Schalke for the Chelsea match, and Schalke really doesn’t have anything left to play for because they’re a mid-table team in Germany, and players like Farfan and Neuer are on their way out of the club, so this is basically it outside of the DFB Pokal final.

But we expect the Red Devils to stamp their authority on the game early, and they’re a team that will put you away at home. Even their best game probably won’t earn a win for Schalke, so look for United to cruise into the Champions League final with a victory in this sports betting encounter.

Schalke Man United Betting Pick: Man United

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