Champions League Soccer Picks: Manchester United & Over vs. PSV

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:00 PM GMT

Group B leaders Man United host PSV in match day 5 of the Champions League group stage. Find out where the value soccer picks are to be had as we preview this highly anticipated clash.

Manchester United Look to Clinch R16
Manchester United lead group B with seven points, but PSV are nipping at their heels just a point behind. Thus, setting up a rather pivotal showdown for top spot in group B on Wednesday’s round of Champions League betting.

It goes without saying the hosts will look to clinch top spot with a win over their Dutch rivals at the Old Trafford when match day 5 of the Champions League gets underway this week. They have home advantage which is in good stead this season overall, save for the lone hiccup – a loss to Middlesbrough in League Cup action, largely down to a watered down side Louis Van Gaal fielded on the day.

They are 8-3-2 in Premier League after 13 weeks; most recently, coming off a 2-1 win over Watford on the road to extend their undefeated streak to four games in a row since the debacle against Middlesbrough. At home, they are 4-2-0 in domestic action.

The Red Devils have won eight of their eleven home games across all competitions going back to the start of this season. They settled on two draws – Manchester City and Newcastle United – and have just the one loss to Middlesbrough on penalties.

As it is, the Red Devils are heavily favoured for their date with PSV on Wednesday. Bet365 is offering a Man United win at home at -222 soccer odds, all while serving up the draw at +333 soccer odds and the improbable road win at +600 soccer odds.

At first glance, it does look improbable because the Red Devils have a solid record at home. But it would be a mistake to underestimate PSV, a side that handed Louis Van Gaal a 2-1 loss in Eindhoven to kick off their Champions League bid on a losing note.

They did bounce back with a win over Wolfsburg on match day 2 at home while PSV succumbed to a loss to CSKA Moskva on the road in the same round, resulting in a tie between the pair at the top of the section’s table in Europe’s top flight.

On match day 3, Man United settled on a draw with CSKA Mosvka on the road while PSV’s negative trend continue when they succumbed to their second straight loss in Europe’s top flight with a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg. As a result, Man United nudged ahead of the Dutch side in the table.

While both won on match day 4 – Man United beat CSKA Moskva at home and PSV beat Wolfsburg at home – on account of the draw on match day 3 the Red Devils remained at the top of the table.

 

PSV Dangerous Underdogs
PSV are neck-and-neck in the table with Wolfsburg, both tied on six points with a 2-0-2 record after four rounds of top flight action on the European front. Meanwhile, CSKA Moskva trail two points behind the pair in the table. There’s all to play for in group B yet.

It goes without saying the premium on the win over Manchester United couldn’t be greater. A win would see PSV leapfrog into top spot at the expense of the Red Devils, However, going against the Dutch is their lack of success on the road this season. They are so far pointless on their travels in Europe with back-to-back defeats on the road.

Soccer Betting Verdict: Backing Manchester United at home to win this game outright does appear to be the smart soccer pick. Home advantage has been good for Louis Van Gaal and his lads for the most part. What’s more, PSV haven’t struck an audible chord on the road in Europe this season. This doesn’t mean they won’t on Wednesday, of course. Given what is at stake, anything is possible. But those stakes go both ways and the Red Devils really should come through for their backers in what should be a highly entertaining game.

Soccer Picks: Man United at -222 to win and Over 2.5 (-125) at Bet365

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