Is Mourinho Drinking In The Last Chance Saloon?
For many football fans the first time we got to see Joe Mourinho was when he ran down the touchline at Old Trafford. His Porto side had just scored a late goal to knock Manchester United out of the Champions League in the season they won it in 2003-04. Mourinho has won titles in England, Italy and Spain but the Champions League is his Holy Grail. It would be ironic if his last match as the United boss was in the Champions League at Old Trafford. A home defeat tonight against Valencia in the competition could be the end for Mourinho in the job he craved most. RYAN GIGGS is 25/1 with Betfair to be the next manager of Manchester United.
Valencia are not prolific scorers and 11 of their last 13 matches have produced less than three goals. The pressure on United to win this match will be huge and it’s a massive challenge for the manager. Mourinho just can’t afford to lose this match and/or the Premier League home meeting with Newcastle. In the past he has often found a way to win the big matches with just one goal. UNITED ONE-NIL is the best bet at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
Manchester City lost to Lyon at home on match day 1 in the Champions League. There is room for error in the format whereby two of the four teams qualify from the group. A win in Germany against Hoffenheim is not critical but City have the players to get the job done. The home side are weakened by injuries in defence and both teams have scored in all 8 matches of their matches this season. CITY AND BTTS is 7/5 with Coral.
No race at five meetings in Britain and Ireland is worth £10,000 or more today so it’s about quantity rather than quality. The Arc and Champions Day take place this month but there is some ordinary sport this week. The Class 3 handicap at Ayr (4.20) over seven furlongs is the standout race and that says it all. EXPLAIN is the form pick and the horse can be backed at 8/1 with William Hill to win at Ayr today.