Olympiakos - Manchester United Betting Preview: Goals could prove hard to come by in tight first leg

David Moyes' men face a tricky trip in the Champions League on Tuesday and our tipster expects it to be a very tight affair against the runaway Greek league leaders
Manchester United travel to Greece on Tuesday night for a Champions League last 16 first-leg crunch clash with Olympiakos.

With David Moyes’ men struggling to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, only victory in the Champions League would ensure qualification for next season’s tournament and that is sure to crank up the pressure on the Red Devils ahead of Tuesday’s tussle, as if the Scot and his side needed any more pressure on their shoulders.

United have often produced their best form in Europe this season though, having cruised through their group unbeaten and with four wins from six matches – including a 5-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena back in November.

Should the visitors replicate that form, then there would be value in backing them at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power to grab a crucial first-leg advantage ahead of next month’s return leg at Old Trafford.

Olympiakos, though, have been in imperious form in domestic competition thus far this term, having won no fewer than 24 of their 26 league matches to open up a massive 23 point advantage at the top of the table.

A lot has been made of the attacking absentees for the hosts ahead of this game, namely the recently sold Konstantinos Mitroglou and injured Javier Saviola.

The home side should be confident though, Michel’s men have conceded just nine league goals so far this season and, having edged out Benfica for a place in the last 16, are likely to provide a stiff test for the English champions.

Olympiakos can be backed at a chunky 9/4 (3.25) with Paddy Power to take a first-leg lead to Old Trafford while the same firm offer 23/10 (3.30) that Tuesday’s tussle ends in stalemate.

Those keen to back Moyes’ men should note that Paddy Power will refund all losing first and last scorer, correct score and scorecast singles placed before kick-off should Wayne Rooney find the net at any time on Tuesday.

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Olympiakos have won 12 of their last 16 Champions League matches on home soil but with United having leaked just one goal in three matches away from home in the competition thus far this term, goals could prove hard to come by for the hosts, especially without their key men up front.

With United looking to keep things tight and Olympiakos having leaked just nine league goals in 26 matches this season, a low-scoring contest seems likely here.

The 4/6 (1.67) quote from Paddy Power for fewer than three goals to be scored is somewhat skinny though, so punters are instead advised to snap up the 2/1 (3.0) quote on offer for fewer than two goals to be scored on Tuesday.

Under 1.5 goals at 2/1 (3.0) 2pts with Paddy Power

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