Granada vs. Manchester United Odds, Picks, Betting Preview: How to Back Reds as Big Europe League Favorite
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- Manchester United hits the road for Thursday's Europa League showdown with La Liga outfit Granada.
- The Red Devils, who are heavily favored in this quarterfinal match, face an opponent struggling in Spain's top flight.
- Matt Trebby explains why likes Manchester United to roll.
Granada vs. Manchester United Odds
|Manchester United Odds||-177|
|Over/Under||2.5 (+108 / -134)|
|Day | Time||Thursday | 3 p.m. ET|
|Odds as of Wednesday afternoon via DraftKings.|
Manchester United must have been pinching itself after the Europa League quarterfinal draw.
“Granada? That mid-table bunch of mediocrity in Spain? Fantastic. And we get a trip to Spain!” might have been heard around Old Trafford from the Premier League powerhouse’s players and staff.
The semifinals would present a matchup against either Ajax or Roma, which is much less appetizing for Manchester United, but we’ll cover that when it’s reality. For now, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men are in a great position to advance to yet another European semifinal in the storied club’s illustrious history.
Let’s break down where the betting value lies in this match.
Granada, and I say this with all due respect, is terrible.
The Spanish side qualified for the Europa League last season by finishing seventh in La Liga with 56 points. Granada did so, because there was a horrific amount of depth in Spain’s top-flight league. This season isn’t much better. Granada has 10 wins in 29 games, finding itself ninth in the table.
Since the start of 2021, the Nasrids have three wins in 14 matches, with a minus-11 goal difference. They’ve scored 15 and conceded 26 during that span of games.
Needless to say, there’s nothing that stands out about this team. Roberto Soldado, Granada’s lead striker, is a Premier League reject who has scored 13 La Liga goals since the start of last season.
The Red Devils are 14 points behind city rival Manchester City in the Premier League. And it does have a game in hand, the title race is over.
Manchester United enters this matchup having restarted play after the international break with a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. Prior to the two-week stoppage in club play, the Red Devils had won just three of their previous eight games across all competitions, although the victories were strong results against Manchester City, West Ham United and AC Milan.
In the previous round against Milan, Manchester United took a 1-1 home draw to the San Siro, got an early second-half goal and proceeded to defend like crazy. It wasn’t that hard, though, given the Serie A outfit’s lack of form and creative options around Zlatan Ibrahimović.
In this game, the Red Devils will be on the front foot the entire way with the knowledge they’re the superior team. It would be an upset of huge proportions (more than Tottenham Hotspur losing to Dinamo Zagreb) for Manchester United to not make the semifinal round.
I expect the Red Devils to take this tie by the scruff of the neck in the first leg by scoring enough away goals to leave no doubt heading back to England.
Betting Analysis & Pick
Granada is on the same level of the likes of Newcastle United: uninspiring and mediocre. Manchester United is going to dominate the ball against a team that has no noteworthy characteristics or players. The Red Devils won, 4-0, in Spain against an actually quality side in Real Sociedad back in the Round of 32, so they’ll see this matchup as a treat.
I know no one is going to be excited about betting Manchester United at -175 odds, so I like the idea of parlaying the club with its team total over 1.5 goals, which sits at -125 odds. That will get you to a -106 parlay via DraftKings.
Pick: Parlay — Manchester United ML (-175) & Manchester United Team Total Over 1.5 Goals (-125)
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