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Rupert Wyman 26th Sep 2011 - 14:53

Man Utd are G-Owen places

The Red Devils will be looking forward to three points against the Swiss side Basel on Tuesday. They should have no problems qualifying through the group, but they will want to top it and avoid some of the big-guns in the next round.

They were unable to beat Benfica in their opening match in Group C, so it looks unlikely that they will field an under-strength side against the Swiss giants. Man Utd are 1/5 to win the clash, the draw is 5/1 and the away win 14/1.

Man Utd have started the season in sensational form but they were caught out at Stoke at the weekend. Just like their Premier League opponents Chelsea, they were only able to leave Stoke with a point.  There have also been injuries to Rooney, Hernandez and Cleverley in recent weeks.

With Rooney likely to miss the match, United's main man will be Nani, he is 6/1 to grab the first goal and he has been in sensational form this season.  He has scored three goals in the Premier League and he is their main attacking threat.

The Michael Owen bandwagon has started rolling again, the usual rubbish in the press about an England recall and whether he can still score week in and week out in the Premier League.  He is 4/1 to grab the first goal and he scored against Leeds last week.

He could start the match and he is one of the greatest scorers of all time.  He wants to play more football and if he was content at not playing, he would have retired a few years ago. He may have lost a lot of pace but he is still a class act and he can take apart the Basel defence.

If you think the game is going to be a goal-fest, over 3.5 goals is 23/20 and you can back four or more Man Utd goals at 9/5. I think that the game may be tighter than the markets perceive, Basel's form has improved of late after an indifferent start to the season and they rested players at the weekend.

They have a realistic chance of qualifying as the second team in a simple group and they may fancy their chances of stealing a point. Their main man is Alexander Frei, he is 12/1 to grab the first goal, it was his late penalty that secured Basle a victory against Otelul Galati in their opening group match.

Both teams to score is 23/20 and United have proved that they are not that strong at the back. They have conceded against Stoke, Chelsea and Benfica recently. Basel have nothing to lose at Old Trafford and they could score a consolation goal.

A victory for Man United looks a certainty but it may be a low-scoring affair at Old Trafford, they are without Rooney and they will be depending on their star man Nani.





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