Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Midweek Outlook (1 Apr 2008)

Roma vs Manchester United

"Is it all pointing to the first defeat for Man Utd in the Champions League?"
-Gary, 1 Apr 2008

Er, when i see the team sheet before the match, Fergie have field his strongest 11 despite missing Edwin van der Sar. I thought, "Ok, maybe Fergie will take Rooney or/and Ronaldo out during the match. But no, they play the whole match. I donno whether it was a wise choice or a plan waiting to be backfire in Rome.

If you look back at last year's match against Roma, Man Utd won 4-1 against Blackburn yet lose 2-1 at Rome, while Roma draw both domestic matches for last season and this season. But then again, this season, Man Utd have not lose in the Champions League.

Man Utd have a dismal away record in Italy. The best example was a 3-0 scoreline for AC Milan in the Champions League last season. The excuses at that time was injuries and fatigue.

Is it all pointing to the first defeat for Man Utd in the Champions League? I would really like to debunk the belief as Man Utd have a full squad to choose from, but i think Fergie would want a draw in this match before going back to win the match. And again, i have to quote Jaywalk from last week review that there is no repeat of 7-1 scoreline. Im staying away for this match.

Roma Team News: Totti, Juan and Simone Perrotta are out.

Man Utd Team News: Edwin van der Sar is back. Nani is out for this match. Gary and Mikael Silvestre are still getting match fitness.

Odds and analysis: Man Utd give 0.25 handicap. Not worth the risk.

Disclaimer: This review is entirely on my own views and opinion. I didn’t point a gun at you to ask you to follow. If you want to bet on this game, do so at your own risk. Pls bet within limits. Good luck.


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