As everyone knows by now, Man United are on a bit of a roll.
Since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was installed as caretaker manager, United have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions, including victories over Tottenham and Arsenal. They look like the United we were familiar with before the respective omnishambles of the Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho eras.
PSG have been on similar form in the same period, notching up a cool eight wins from 10 matches since December 22nd, the date of Solksjaer’s first match in the Old Trafford dugout. But, well, they play in Ligue 1 – and, besides, three of those games were against the likes of Villefranche (whom they needed extra time to beat), Strasbourg and Pontivy in the Coupe de France.
So it’s hard to get a handle on their true form, particularly given they’ll be without Neymar and Edinson Cavani (and, er, Thomas Meunier) for their trip to Manchester. We reckon, therefore, that United will chalk up another ‘W’ on Tuesday night.
In the Red Devils’ previous two fixtures, they’ve kept clean sheets (five out of 11 under OGS), so if you fancy a bit of extra value, you can get 10/3 on United to win to nil. If you prefer to play it safe, 13/10 on United to win the match is a very decent price.
Porto are top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, but by their standards their form has been relatively iffy of late (although hardly disastrous). Their last two games, on the road to Moreirense and Guimaraes in the league, have ended in disappointing draws, while at the end of January they were eliminated from the League Cup at the hands of Sporting.
To be fair, six wins from their last 10 is not exactly relegation form, but they travel to the Italian capital less confident than they might otherwise be.
For Roma’s part, they sit in sixth, a mere 25 points off the pace in Serie A. Despite an absolute pasting in the Coppa Italia – 7-1 at the hands of Fiorentina – the Giallorossi have been pretty tidy over the past few months. What they have not been, however, is defensively sound. Their last ten matches have seen the concession of 17 goals, which is five more than Porto have allowed in the league all season, so it’s reasonable to suggest they won’t manage to prevent the visitors from scoring at the Olimpico.
Only twice in 2018-19, meanwhile, have Roma failed to score at home, the last time being back in November against Real Madrid. Which points us inexorably towards the Both Teams To Score market. Considering Roma’s goalscoring consistency at home and their defensive lack of solidity, we’re looking at BTTS – Yes at 4/6. As part of a double, we’ll definitely take those odds.