It all comes down to this second leg as the Premier League’s Manchester United hosts the Jupiler League’s Club Brugge on Thursday February 27, 2020. The first leg between these two ended in a 1-1 draw in Belgium, so all is to play for in this second leg.
Manchester United enter this second leg in fifth place in the Premier League and, due to the Manchester City ban, in the final Champions League spot. It is a congested spot in the table as nine teams are within four points of fourth place in the table. United have the Europa League, the Premier league Champions League race and the FA Cup still to deal with this season. United faces Derby, and old friend Wayne Rooney, in the Round of 16 next week.
Club Brugge has all but wrapped up the Jupiler League title as the club has a nine point lead over Gent with just three games to go. The title will be Club Brugge’s 16th first division championship. The Belgian giants will also be gunning for their 12th Belgian Cup title when they face Antwerp in late March.
The first leg saw an early goal from Club Brugge be offset by an Anthony Martial goal in the 36th minute that saw the first leg end 1-1.
Below is my pick for the Europa League action between Manchester United and Club Brugge. All odds are from FanDuel NJ Sportsbook.
Manchester United (-230) vs Club Brugge (+700) Draw (+320)
Last weekend, Manchester United hosted relegation candidate Watford and came away with a comfortable 3-0 win. United took the lead late in the first half and then added two more goals in the second to come away with the three points. Manchester United is now unbeaten in six straight games and have won six of their last 10 games overall. United have been a fine team at Old Trafford this season winning 26 points thanks to a 7-5-2 record.
Club Brugge took another step towards a league title with a 1-0 home win over Charleroi on Sunday. Eder Balanta scored in the first minute and that was all the side needed to come away with all three points. Club Brugge is now unbeaten in 15 straight games and has been on quite a run this season. Brugge have been a great road team this season, in the league, having won 28 points thanks to an 8-4-1 record.
Series History: These two clubs have met three times in the past and Manchester United holds a 2-1-0 advantage.
Soccer Pick: Manchester United -230 gets the win and advances to the Round of 16.
2020 Results: 22-16