Man United should not expect a Turkish delight
Despite Bursaspor sitting bottom of Group C, with no points from three matches, they are set give Manchester United a real scare as The Red Devils travel to Turkey in the UEFA Champions League.
Bursaspor (4/1) have had a pretty tough time of it in the Champions League so far, rock bottom of the group with even a Europa League spot looking unlikely. With nothing realistically to play for the pressure will be off in this match.
Manchester United (8/11) will be thin on numbers for this match and after a long journey and hostile crowd - this could be a long night for Sir Alex Ferguson and his boys.
What Bursaspor lacked in quality in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, they made up for in effort and when you take into account their recent league form which has seen them remain unbeaten in their ten domestic matches so far. They have won seven and drawn three and they have been sound defensively.
I am not for one moment expecting the home side to trounce one of the best sides in the world but when you factor in Man United will be without Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans in central defence plus they are without Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Federico Macheda up front and finally without Anderson and Ryan Giggs in the middle - they are far from being at full strength.
With huge games in the league coming up for United including away at Man City next week, with Sir Alex's men already five points behind Chelsea they can't afford any more injuries to key players so I expect a couple of big names to either sit it out or start on the bench.
United are top of the group with seven points from their three matches and are pretty comfortable, I think a draw would be a pretty acceptable result for both sides and the visitor's weaker side could be cancelled out by Bursaspor who will surely look to get plenty of men behind the ball and counter attack looking for a famous result.
The draw might not be a bad bet at 5/2 but I personally like the look of the home side doubled in with the draw in the double chance market - against a weakened United side, in great form domestically and on home turf I think the 21/20 is a price not to be missed.
If you think the three points will be going back to Manchester I think the double results markets are the place to get more value than the 8/13 on the 90 minute market. Man Utd/Man Utd is backable at 7/4 but I much prefer the 10/3 on Draw/Man Utd as it could be a cagey start.
In the absence of Wayne Rooney, Manchester United will have to rely on Dimitar Berbatov and Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez to continue their form in front of goal and are both 4/1 to score first or Evens to score anytime.
For the home side Ivan Ergic, their central midfielder who is in a rich vein of form with four goals in eight games, will be challenging 20-year-old Sercan Yildirim for the first goal who has been linked to Manchester United in the past. Both men are 8/1 to open the scoring or 11/4 to score anytime.
Manchester United at full strength would undoubtedly be able to get past Bursaspor with relative ease but without many big names and long trip to an unknown team, I think Manchester United could be in for a tough evening.