Amidst an awful slump and with their Champions League lives on the line, Manchester United host a pesky FC Copenhagen side at Old Trafford.
Anything less than three points for the host would put their European lives in real jeopardy, tasting defeat in their first two group stage matches of the campaign to leave them bottom of the Group A table.
Without a suspended Casemiro for this match plus a host of defensive injuries, Man United are up against a gauntlet against a quality European team that has Champions League experience.
Erik ten Hag will need to lean on his squad’s impressive grit as they fight to the finish in recent matches, and may need to do so on more occasions in the coming weeks. Scott McTominay has provided the spark of late, but others will need to step up to make sure the Red Devils don’t continue to drop points on multiple fronts.
Man United vs FC Copenhagen match facts
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023Kickoff Time: 8 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)Location: Old Trafford (Manchester, England)Official: Marco Guida (ITA)Last meeting: Man United 1-0 FC Copenhagen (Aug. 10, 2020 | Europa League)
Man United vs FC Copenhagen prediction, odds
Moneyline lean: Man United (-275)Score prediction: Man United 2-1 FC Copenhagen
Manchester United should emerge victorious here, but it certainly won’t be easy. They’ve displayed enough late-game moxie in recent weeks that betting against them would be foolhardy, but that doesn’t mean they will ease by their opponents.
Man Unitedwin Draw Copenhagenwin Both teamsto score Y / N Over / Under2.5 goals MUN-1.5 COP+1.5BetMGM(USA) -275 +425 +725 -115 / -125 -175 / +125 -110 -130
Man United vs FC Copenhagen: best bet
Pick: FC Copenhagen +1.5 goal handicapOdds: -130 (BetMGM)
Manchester United have won just one game this season by a multi-goal margin, a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup in which they put up three goals on just 1.24 xG. Outside of that, United have had to grind out every single point they’ve earned this campaign.
On the flip side, Copenhagen have lost twice this year by multiple goals, but on both occasions, it was simply down to finishing, as they created as many chances as their opponents but couldn’t finish them off.
Against a Copenhagen side that nearly picked up a result against Bayern Munich and came close to beating Galatasaray by a pair, United will find it hard to blow out their opponents who possess surprising quality which shouldn’t be disregarded.
Man United vs FC Copenhagen prop bet
Pick: FC Copenhagen over 2.5 cardsOdds: +134 (FanDuel)
Both teams here have a propensity to end up in the referee’s notebook.
While match total of 3.5 or 4.5 is enticing, the suspension of foul-prone Casemiro stunts Manchester United to the extent where it makes more sense to focus on the visitors.
FC Copenhagen have troubled European opposition with their fouling, and have looked to walk the knife edge often. They saw three players booked against Bayern Munich, and four against Galatasaray including one twice. Domestically the discipline has been better, but they saw a defender sent off for two bookings earlier this month, and had five players carded in defeat to FC Midtjylland recently as well.
Man United vs FC Copenhagen live stream, TV channel
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