2022 Champions League Odds Changes After Matchday 3: Manchester United’s Odds Improve Despite Shaky Performance
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2022 Champions League Futures Odds (Oct. 20)
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Despite a shaky performance against Atalanta, Manchester United’s odds improved after their 3-2, come-from-behind victory on Wednesday.
While United’s odds had been +1100 prior to Matchday 3, their odds dropped to +1400 after Tuesday’s games, in which top contenders Manchester City and Liverpool showed their worth and boosted their lines.
But, after winning a hard-fought match against a good Serie A side, United’s odds re-shortened to +1100.
United’s odds to win their group also lengthened to -210 from its mark of -110 before Matchday 3 began.
United had gone into the half down 2-0 and looked entirely hapless on both ends of the pitch.
Marcus Rashford had missed two clear-cut chances, Harry Maguire looked like he would turn in another shaky performance and Atalanta dominated the xG mark at 1.25 – 0.23.
But, somehow, someway, United was able to pull it off.
First, Rashford bounced back to score with a cheeky finish while cutting in from the left side. He had one angle to fit the ball into the net with and he nailed it.
United piled on the chances over the next 15 minutes and had a number of close calls, but nothing hit the back of the net.
Until a masterclass from Edinson Cavani.
This team would be nothing without him.
After a poor corner, Bruno Fernandes got another chance and whipped a ball into the box.
Cavani, ever the gamer, dummied by ducking underneath the cross, allowing the ball to reach Maguire on the far post. Maguire had an open net and even he couldn’t miss from there.
Atalanta then seemed poised to fight for a draw. United had all the momentum and put up several legitimate chances in very little time. The Italian side locked down defensively and hoped for the best.
Can’t do that against Ronaldo.
Luke Shaw targeted him on an in-swinging cross and Cristiano met the ball at its peak, burying a header into the back of the net like he’s done hundreds of times.
The win may have saved manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job. Supporters have been clamoring for his exit for months now and a report even emerged that star winger Rashford and his camp were unhappy with the manager.
Solskjaer had made comments that Rashford should “prioritize football.”
Regardless, that’s all out the window for at least another week or so. United have a quick turnaround before they face off against Liverpool on Sunday at Old Trafford.
As for other Champions League movers, The Action Network addressed the shuffle among the top-three — notably, PSG’s slight fall from grace — below.
Matchday 4 will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
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