In the championship match in England on December 27, the Red Devils take the difficult “Foresters”. What to expect from this match and what is the best bet?
Reaching the Carabao Cup quarterfinals was certainly a good start to the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era: a 2-0 victory over Burnley was enough to keep the Red Devils in pursuit of this trophy for the first time since 2017 at the quarterfinal stage. Manchester United also returns to the Premier League after a long break for World Cup fixtures with hopes of a place in the Champions League. In 14 rounds, the Mancunians have eight victories and two peaceful outcomes to their credit, corresponding to 26 points and fifth position.
Before the winter break, UCL managed an away win over Fulham (2-1). Tonight the side that has not played at Old Trafford since 1998 is the visitors. The hosts will try to extend their fantastic streak of five consecutive home victories in all competitions, four of which have been by a scoreline. Moreover, the fact that they have only lost one of their last 19 meetings with teams from the Champion’s League should be an added confidence in their success.
Greenwood, Sancho, Tuanzebe, Dalot, Maguire, Martinez and Varan, who have been rested since the 2022 World Cup, will not play today.
Steve Cooper brought his team to Manchester in high spirits as Forest Green played well in the English League Cup, in which they beat Blackburn 4-1. That win secured Forest’s first appearance in that tournament at the quarterfinal stage, which could help today as well. According to the coach “a decisive win in the cup would bring a lot of positives” and get out of the relegation zone.
The rookie squad has been steadily strengthening, with the team winning its last two games before the big break for the World Cup in Qatar, although it played poorly in the friendlies. Moreover, the chances of a temporary escape thanks to a win here seem slim, since the “nimble trees” have won only two points on the road this season, scoring only one goal and conceding 19 times. Prior to this game, the visitors have three wins and four peaceful outcomes, corresponding to 13 points and 18th place in the standings.
Gibbs-White, Aurier, Richards, Niakhate, Kuijate, Henderson and Biancone, who has a knee injury, cannot play tonight.
In this match, we are on the side of the home team, which today is two heads more powerful in all lines, while even not in the full squad is able to please with an important victory, because the Red Devils have no right to make mistakes. Moreover, thanks to the class and level of performers, the Mancunians are able to take control of the game and achieve confident success.
We expect not only total control of the ball in this game, but also maximum concentration on defense from Forest. Nevertheless, we expect the Mancunians to play as efficiently as possible without Cristiano Ronaldo and please the fans with a comfortable victory.