Europa League Final: Manchester United vs Villarreal
Manchester United head to Poland this week where they’ll meet Spanish side, Villarreal in the Europa League final. As manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes his first major silverware in charge of the Red Devils, we at freebet.com will preview Wednesday’s final, providing the latest team news, betting tips and odds courtesy of our betting partners at AVABET.
United captain, Harry Maguire remains a major doubt for Wednesday’s final. The England international missed the last two weeks of the domestic season with ankle ligament damage but has travelled with the squad to Gdansk. With the European Championships looming, Maguire’s return would provide a huge boost not just to Manchester United but England also.
Golden Boot hunt
Villarreal duo Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer have six goals apiece in the competition and are just one goal shy of the three players tied for first place in the top goalscorer charts. You can back either player to score any time at 11/5.
At the other end of the pitch, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani are two goals adrift of this season’s Europa League top scorers. A brace for either player will see them take a share of top spot in the scoring charts. You can back Fernandes or Cavani to score two or more at 9/1. Alternatively, United’s leading marksmen are both priced at 5/1 to open the scoring.
How important is domestic form?
Villarreal disappointed in La Liga this season finishing outside of the European qualification spots and a whopping 28 points behind champions, Atletico Madrid. That domestic form means Premier League runner-up, Manchester United will quite rightly be hot favourites with the bookmakers. However, the prospect of not playing in Europe next season could provide that extra motivation needed for the Spanish side to upset the odds.
History with the underdogs
Incredibly, in the past 20 years, a Spanish side has contested a European final against a non-Spanish opponent on 15 occasions and won all 15. Coupled with having the competition’s most successful ever manager and Villarreal could prove to be way overpriced at 3/1.
Villarreal manager, Unai Emery has an unmatched record in the Europa League, winning three titles during his time at Sevilla. Now back in Spain after a disappointing spell in England, Emery is targeting a record-breaking fourth title. Europa League success would give Villarreal the first major trophy in the club’s history.
A history of bore-draws
Manchester United and Villarreal have met on four previous occasions and all four matches finished in a 0-0 stalemate. You can back the bore-draw at 15/2.
However, we are expecting goals in Gdansk. Even with a fit Harry Maguire, Manchester United have been far from convincing at the back. The Red Devils conceded 44 times in this season’s Premier League, the worst return of any of the top four sides. Villarreal didn’t fare any better in La Liga, conceding the exact same amount of goals, a tally worse than five of the six sides that finished above them in the league table.
With two leaky defences, four players chasing the golden boot and a major European trophy at stake we are expecting goals on Wednesday evening. AVABET’s generous odds of 12/5 on over 3.5 match goals is not to be missed.
Manchester United - 17/20
Draw - 12/5
Villarreal - 3/1
To win the trophy
Manchester United - 2/5
Villarreal - 17/10
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