Omonia Nicosia vs. Manchester United Betting Tips: Back Under 25 shots in Cyprus
Omonia Nicosia vs Manchester United Odds
After their humiliating 6-3 defeat in the highest scoring Manchester derby ever last weekend, Erik Ten Hag’s side travel to Cyprus to take on Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday. The game kicks-off at 5:45 GMT and can be seen live on BT Sport. We’ve previewed the action and have provided you with two bets that we like the look of.
United were beaten 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad in their opening group game in the Europa League, followed by a 2-0 away victory at FC Sheriff. They now face Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia in a game where the manager will be expecting a reaction after the thumping at the Etihad on Sunday.
Omonia are yet to get off the mark in Group E after a 3-0 defeat at home to FC Sheriff in Matchday 1, before a 2-1 away loss in Spain at Real Sociedad. Bruno Felipe was the scorer for the visitors in that game and with five goals in 10 appearances domestically - and a shot on target in each of his matches in Europe - he looks like the biggest attacking threat against United.
Moving onto team news and it would be no surprise to see Erik Ten Hag shuffle his deck for this match. Anthony Elanga, Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof are all expected to come into the starting XI, with Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Donny van de Beek all missing out through injury.
Omonia Nicosia vs Manchester United Tips
The first selection we are touting is available with Unibet where we are backing Under 24.5 shots in the match, which is just under even money at 19/20. This bet has landed in both of Manchester United’s matches so far in the Europa League this season, with shot totals of 19 away to FC Sheriff and 22 in the home game against Real Sociedad.
After their 3-0 thumping at home to FC Sheriff in Matchday 1, we are not expecting the home side to cause United too many issues in the attacking third. This game could well be played at a much slower tempo to that of what we saw on Sunday in the frantic Manchester derby, with Ten Hag’s men liable to have a high percentage of possession. United currently rank 14th in the Premier League for total shots taken this season and this looks a wise play for their trip to Cyprus.
Anthony Elanga is expected to start for the visitors on Thursday and despite only one assist so far in all competitions this season, which came against Liverpool, we think he looks a little over priced in the anytime assist market. This game presents a strong opportunity for United to get back to winning ways and we can envision them dominating this one and creating a bucket load of chances. Betfair and Paddy Power go 3/1 for Elanga to provide an assist in Cyprus with Sky Bet slightly longer at 7/2. We therefore feel the 5/1 on offer with William Hill could hold some value here in the Europa League against a lower quality opposition.