United set to emulate the class of '68
Man United are on the verge of their second Wembley European Final and there won't be many people backing them to throw away a two-goal lead when Schalke visit Old Trafford.
United beat Benfica 4-1 at Wembley back in 1968 to land their first ever European Cup and Alex Ferguson will be desperate to emulate the achievement of Matt Busby and lift the trophy on home soil.
The hard work has seemingly been done in this semi-final after goals from Rooney and Hernandez gave them a 2-0 win in Germay. They are 1/100 to reach the final. Schalke are 16/1 to turn the tie on it's head but even the most ardent Schalke fan will have too much optimism in that one.
The match prices also reflect the confidence that the bookies have in United. They are 4/9 to win, the draw is 3/1 whilst a Schalke win is 7/1.
The odds on the German team would look generous given their fantastic performances against Inter Milan including a 5-2 win in the San Siro in the quarter-finals. A repeat of that scoreline would see them through to the final. It's a whopping 500/1 that they beat United 5-2 at Old Trafford.
Anyone who watched the first leg is unlikely to be placing too much money on the Germans. United were absolutely dominant from start to finish and it was only the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer that kept the score respectable. It's not exaggeration to say that United could have scored five or six goals in the first half alone.
As our Match Winner special we've enhanced the price on United to score four or more goals in the match to 7/1. If United play their strongest side and go for the jugular that could well prove a fantastic bet.
United will be looking to bounce back from defeat at the Emirates and gain a confidence boosting win ahead of their titanic clash with Chelsea on Sunday. That defeat to Arsenal has put their Premier League title bid back in the balance and they are now 4/1 to fail to win a trophy this season. If you think Sunday was just a blip then you can get 2/1 on them to complete the Premier League and Champions League double.
With United having such a dominant position in the match Alex Ferguson will rest some of his star names ahead of Sunday's game. I can't imagine that he will take too many chances though with in terms of defence a Champions League final at stake.
If Schalke are to have any chance of turning this one around they will be relying on Raul to get amongst the goals. He is currently the Champions League's all-time top-scorer with 71 goals and will be the main danger for United. He is 8/1 to score first and 12/1 to score two or more in the game.
I just cannot see Schalke causing a shock and I expect United to cruise through to a Wembley showdown with Barcelona on 28th May. That's would be a repeat of the 2009 final which Barcelona won but with home advantage this time, can United reverse that result? Time will tell.
United will be too good for Schalke once again I would expect them to win well. I am going for United to be winning at half-time and full-time at 21/20. I would also have a small bet on them to win the match 4-1 at a price of 20/1.
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