Soccer Picks: Manchester United vs. Olympiakos in UCL

Steven Suarez

Monday, March 17, 2014 7:58 PM GMT

Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 7:58 PM GMT

The Red Devils have quite the hole to climb out of, but at least will have the home support of Old Trafford behind them. How do the soccer odds makers believe that they will they fare in the second leg?

Odds Overview

No surprise to see United favored in the soccer betting odds. They're quoted at -200 or so to win outright, though let's remember that they head into the rematch at home down two goals to nil. An Olympiakos victory is priced out at +600 to +650, with a draw just going over the +350 mark.

Manchester United

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After that shocking showing in the first leg, things haven't gotten much better for David Moyes' men.

They immediately got back on track with a 3-0 away win over West Brom in what was one of their best performances of the season. However, this past weekend we were reminded they still have a long way to go in a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool. 

United surrendered three penalties, two of which were converted by Steven Gerrard, and Luis Suarez added on a late goal for good measure. The Red Devils saw Nemanja Vidic get sent off, but that's not why they lost. They lacked spirit and attitude throughout and never really looked threatening going forward. 

That's the frustrating thing for United fans. It was an extremely talented side, but one that lacked any sort of direction or fire. That falls on Moyes.

Bowing out of the Champions League would be just another disappointment added to the list. Will his players stand up and show some pride in the second leg? One thing we do know is patience is quickly running out. 

Olympiakos 

Did Olympiakos get a little too lackadaisical after pulling off their 2-0 win over United in the first leg?

Recent domestic form backs up the claim, as the Greeks went out and lost consecutive matches after the historic victory, which by the way were their first two league defeats of the entire campaign. They fell to Panathinaikos (0-3 at home) and then PAOK Salonik (1-2) away. 

Following those setbacks, Olympiakos did recover to win 2-0 at home over Panthrakikos 2-0 at home. Goals were scored by Nelson Valdez and David Fuster, who had come on for Hernan Perez as a substitute early in the second half. 

Luckily for the Greeks, their two losses don't really mean much in the grand scheme of the Greek Super League table. They're still more than comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack, still 18 points clear of second place. 

Shifting gears to Europe, it would be a wonderful feat for Olympiakos to knock out one of the biggest names in world soccer. Motivation shouldn't be an issue, but we'll find out soon enough if they can handle the 75,000+ at Old Trafford.

Make sure to check out more Champions League betting articles!

Champions League Pick 

It's going to be take quite the performance for the Red Devils to advance on in the Champions League. While we do think they'll win this second leg at home, we're not convinced they'll be dominant enough to overturn the deficit faced before them. 

Olympiakos has fallen off in terms of recent form, yet still looked very comfortable back in the first leg. Old Trafford has hardly been a fortress this season, so the Greek outfit should be feeling confident about their chances. 

In the end, we'll go with the Red Devils to win the second leg but lose on aggregate, adding yet another miserable occasion to Moyes' ever-growing cabinet. 

Pick: Manchester United 2 Olympiakos 1 

Aggregate: Manchester United 2 Olympiakos 3
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