The UEFA Champions League betting continues Wednesday, October 28, with Matchday 2 of the group stage including the marquee matchup between Manchester United and RB Leipzig at Old Trafford in Manchester, UK.
Both teams started with a win, so their first encounter of the season has a lot on the table for each club, as the winner will remain atop of the Group H standings. I’ve prepared all the key betting tips and trends along with my best Manchester United versus RB Leipzig betting pick, so let’s take a look.
Manchester United vs. RB Leipzig
Three-way: 1: Man Utd +130; X: +250 Draw; 2: RB Leipzig +225
Spread 0: Man Utd -143; RB Leipzig +129
Total 2.5 Goals: Over -125; Under +110
Both Teams to Score: Yes -145; No +125
The Red Devils upset the odds in the opening round of the UEFA Champions League, outlasting Paris SG 2-1 on the road. They put on a strong performance against the European vice-champs and clinched the victory in the 87th minute when Marcus Rashford scored a beautiful goal from the edge of the box.
Manchester United is coming off a goalless draw against Chelsea at home in Matchday 6 of the English Premier League. The Red Devils have earned only seven points in their domestic championship thus far while posting a 9:12 goal difference.
Striker Marcus Rashford and midfielder Bruno Fernandes are leading the way for the Red Devils, netting four goals in all competitions each. Fernandes is the team’s best assist-maker with three dishes.
- Man Utd is winless in four straight outings at home, tallying a couple of draws and losses
- Seven of the Red Devils’ last 10 home games produced three or more goals in total
- Three of the Red Devils’ last four contests saw both teams scoring
The Red Bulls are riding a four-game win streak following a 2-1 home victory over Hertha this past Sunday, as they continue to top the German Bundesliga standings. RB Leipzig narrowly beat the Old Lady despite taking 29 shots and keeping the ball in possessions for 61 percent of the time.
Anyway, the Red Bulls have been playing in a good form since the start of the new season. They easily defeated Basaksehir 2-0 at home in the opening round of the UEFA Champions League, and the Red Bulls kept their net intact in three of their previous four showings in all competitions.
Left-back Angelino leads the way for RB Leipzig with four goals in seven appearances, while striker Yussuf Poulsen and forward Emil Forsberg combined for five goals and four assists.
- RB Leipzig is undefeated in 11 straight road contests, tallying eight wins in the process
- Eight of RB Leipzig’s last 11 road games saw just one team scoring
- Six of the Red Bulls’ last nine games overall produced three or more goals in total
On paper, Manchester United is a better team than RB Leipzig. However, the Red Bulls are playing very well even though they don’t have superstars on their roster, so I expect to see a very tight battle that can easily go either way.
I’ve mentioned a few times in my previous previews that the Red Bulls head coach Julian Nagelsmann is one of the most interesting tacticians. The Red Bulls always look to attack, so I expect them to score at least once at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have some problems on the defensive end. Just a few weeks ago, they allowed six goals to Tottenham at home. Still, their offense should create enough scoring opportunities to find the net once, so my best betting pick for the Manchester United versus RB Leipzig clash is BTTS YES.
These two clubs will meet each other for the first time. I expect to see a patient approach by the hosts who should control the ball in the middle of the park. But, as I’ve said, the Red Bulls will search for any possibility to push forward in numbers and score.