Au Revoir United
Marseille enter the clash against Man Utd on Tuesday as underdogs but they will fancy their chances against a United side that has been beaten by both Chelsea and Liverpool recently. Marseille are not mugs, they are still in with a shout of winning their domestic league title but the priority lies with beating the Manchester side for now.
Man Utd are 1/2 to win in ninety minutes at Old Trafford, the draw is 14/5 and the away win is 13/2. United beat Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend but that has a lot to do with the Gunners' inability to defend and take their chances.
Man United looked weak, the man of the match was the immense Van der Sar and United's clean sheet can be put down to Arsenal's inability to score and the goalkeepers performance.
Marseille are an adventurous team and they will play counter-attacking football at Old Trafford. The price for both teams to score is 6/5 and Man Utd are still without England's captain Rio Ferdinand.
Man Utd may struggle to break down the resilient French side and under 2.5 goals is 4/6. It does not look like it will be a high scoring affair. Man United are 19/20 to win in the second half betting and it may take them sixty minutes to break down Marseille should they win.
Sir Alex will be looking for big performances from his two star players Berbatov and Rooney. Rooney is too short for me at 7/2 to grab the first goal and Berbatov is 4/1. Scholes (10/1) looks the player most likely to grab the first goal at a reasonable price. He is temperamental and poor at tackling and even though he is a veteran in the side, he still gets goals at vital times.
Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena and Andre-Pierre Gignac are back to full fitness and they could make their mark at Old Trafford. If Man United to not take their attacking intent seriously, there could be an upset at Old Trafford.
Valbuena is 9/1 and Gignac 8/1 to score first. Marseille are 14/1 to be leading at half time and not win. Man United are the best team in Europe at winning games late and for coming from behind to get a result. It would not be a surprise to see Marseille score early and Man United finding their tempo later on in the match.
Man United are 9/2 to come from behind and win or draw. I would look at total match goals under two at 11/5. Both teams will be cautious, Man United have been average of late and Marseille are away from home. One goal could be the difference in the tie and Marseille at +1 goal at 6/4 is tempting.
The Match Winner is for Rooney to score the last goal and Man Utd to win (including extra-time) at an enhanced 6/1, Man Utd may go on and qualify but Rooney is not reproducing his form from last season.