October 5, 2022 Sports Betting
When Manchester United resumes its Europa League responsibilities on Thursday night against Omonia in Group E, they will try to recover from their Manchester derby loss.
The Red Devils have three points from their first two games and are ranked second, while their Cypriot opponents are near the bottom of the standings without a point.
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The job of competing in Group E against Real Sociedad and Manchester United was always going to be difficult for Omonia, whose European tour may come to an early end after consecutive losses to Sheriff Tiraspol and Sociedad.
After Bruno Felipe overturned Ander Guevara’s first goal, the team now guided by former Celtic head coach Neil Lennon came close to stealing a draw from their match with Sociedad, but Alexander Sorloth scored the game-winning goal for the La Liga heavyweights 10 minutes from time.
Omonia are following the script and are currently in fourth place in their section after two games with only one goal scored and five goals allowed in continental play. However, they have at least managed to win back-to-back domestic matches against Enosis and Doxa in recent weeks.
Lennon’s team has won just one of their last 26 European games, excluding qualifiers, and their visitors must put down a marker after an embarrassing performance at Etihad. Lennon’s team has scored six goals and allowed none in those two Cypriot First Division matches.
Erling Braut Haaland is difficult to silence unless you’re Scott Parker’s Bournemouth, but the Norwegian wasn’t the only player to score three goals in Manchester City’s lopsided 6-3 victory over Man United at the weekend, ending Erik ten Hag’s team’s winning streak.
After breaking through the Man United defense three times, Phil Foden and Haaland each received the match ball, and even though Anthony Martial (2) and Antony added goals of their own, the Red Devils were unable to stop Pep Guardiola’s onslaught.
Four straight Premier League victories would have seemed to be the best preparation for the trip to the champions, but Man United were completely destroyed by those in sky blue, drawing a barrage of criticism from analysts, supporters, and journalists alike.
Man United have now dropped two of their last three games across all competitions. The lone exception was their 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League. The Red Devils, currently in second place in the group, are three points behind Real Sociedad.
The Cypriot team has lost all four of its prior matches against English opposition, but watching the Red Devils’ lackluster defensive efforts at the weekend gives the hosts cautious optimism. Man United and Omonia have never faced off in a competitive matchup.
Omonia’s recent domestic comeback may position them well for the arrival of a Man United team that have suffered another detrimental morale blow, but the hosts should not pull any unexpected tricks here.
We believe the Red Devils will do the task with little difficulty even though Ten Hag’s topsy-turvy team will consider Thursday’s game as a great opportunity to get back to winning ways.