Omonia meets Manchester United in the Europa League, with the team from Cyprus facing the Red Devils at home in Nicosia. The hosts didn’t play well so far, losing both events in the group stage. Their morale has been repaired with solid results lately, and the Cypriot team would like to use United’s tough situation and the fact that they suffered a humiliation against City to deliver another blow to the shaken giants. United needs to bounce back, otherwise, another defeat would ruin their chemistry, and all the good things will be erased. Erik Ten Haag needs to figure out what to do with Cristiano Ronaldo because the Dutch manager isn’t treating the best player on the roster in accordance with his quality. It is time for the childish games to stop, or the former Ajax leader might end his stint much earlier than the contract states.
Omonia (+110) has back-to-back wins without a goal conceded in either of them, scoring six goals, against domestic rivals in the Cypriot league. Before that, this unit had three defeats in a row, two in the Europa League.
At first, Omonia lost to Sheriff Tiraspol at home 0-3, and then, Real Sociedad defeated them in San Sebastian, 2-1. In both of these events, the team from Nicosia didn’t show any qualities worthy of mentioning and was inferior in pretty much all aspects of play.
Sheriff dismantled them, displaying a much more effective style of play and waiting for some amateur mistakes before hitting on a break or transition. As for Real Sociedad, they didn’t have too much trouble, beating Omonia with 50% of their power.
Manchester United (-485) was humiliated at Etihad. The Red Devils lost to the local rivals 6-3, and although this sounds pretty devastating for Ten Hag and his crew, in reality, things could have been much worse.
City blew them away in every single area, exposing a lot of weaknesses, primarily the ones in the midfield and the back line. Bruno Fernandes looked pale, his teammates were nowhere to find, and the defense didn’t stand a chance.
As mentioned before, Erik Ten Hag needs to see what to do with Ronaldo, otherwise, Cristiano’s situation might come back at him as a boomerang. The pressure of the fans will grow, and in case of poor results, it will be tough for the Dutchman to navigate.
There isn’t any info about the injured or suspended players among the hosts.
On the other side, the situation is like this. Maguire, Greenwood and Williams are out for sure. Dubravka, Martial, Rashford, Varane, and van de Beek are out.
Head to Head Games
There haven’t been any recorded games between these two sides.
Ronaldo will start here, and that is for sure. Ten Hag has no other option but that, and we expect the Portuguese superstar to be at his best, meaning to score goals. Cristiano will push forward and create pressure, forcing other players to follow his lead, and that’s why United’s victory by two or more goals margin should be inevitable.
Pick: United -1.5 -160
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