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Granada vs Manchester United Odds & Prediction – Europa League Quarterfinals Leg 1

John Dillon

by John Dillon in Soccer

Apr 7, 2021 · 7:12 AM PDT

Granada vs Manchester United
Manchester United's Mason Greenwood, left, and Brighton's Jakub Moder challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday, Apr. 4, 2021. (Clive Brunskill/Pool via AP)
  • English tournament favorite and 2017 winner travels to meet Spanish battlers at 3:00pm ET on Thursday
  • Granada is enjoying a successful first season in European competition and looks for an upset win
  • See all odds and best bets for Granada vs Manchester United in the Europa League Quarterfinals Leg 1

Granada’s romantic journey in European football continues when the Spanish outfit hosts mighty Manchester United in the Europa League’s last eight on Thursday.

This is Granada’s first season in European competition while United has three times been a European champion – and won the Europa League as recently as 2017.

UEL Granada v Man. Utd Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total at DraftKings
FC Porto vs Chelsea GRA +1.5 (-215) | MAN -1.5 (+175) GRA +550 | MAN -177 | DRAW +285 Ov 2.5 (+108) | Un 2.5 (-134)

Odds as of April 7

Therefore, at DraftKings, the oddsmakers rate United as the massive favorite for an away win at -177 while Granada is a huge outsider at +550. The draw is priced at +280 with kickoff at 3:00 pm ET.


Certainly, those odds are influenced by current form with Granada having lost five of its last seven games in La Liga.

On the other hand, United has just recorded three straight wins in the EPL and is unbeaten in 10 league matches.

The best value in this game looks to be in the spread offer of +175 for United to win by two goals or more (Asian Handicap -1.5).

Further, United is the favorite with DraftKings to win the Europa League at +155 ahead of English rivals Arsenal, who are +300.

United  Knocked Out AC Milan

They also scored a notable win in the last round against Italy’s second-placed side AC Milan – securing a 1-0 away win after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

However, United has lost an FA Cup Quarterfinal 2-1 against Leicester City during that undefeated league run.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side is currently second in the English Premier League.

But with leaders Manchester City 14 points clear, the Europa League represents United’s last chance of winning a trophy this season.

Meanwhile, Granada is ninth in Spain’s La Liga.

Granada battled through two qualifying rounds and a playoff round to reach the group stage.

Last season, they finished seventh to secure their historic place in the Europa League in their first campaign back in La Liga after securing promotion in 2018-19.

Moreover, Granada battled through two one-leg qualifying rounds and a one-leg playoff round last autumn to reach the group stage.

Subsequently, after claiming a notable 2-1 away win in the opening group stage game at PSV Eindhoven, they went on to finish second behind the Dutch club – securing a last 32 place.

The historic achievements continued as they then eliminated Napoli following a 2-0 home win and a 2-1 defeat in the return leg.

After that, they overcame the Norwegian side, Molde – formerly managed by United chief Solskjaer, who also played for them.

Again, there was a 2-0 home win for Granada in Spain before a 2-1 defeat in the second leg in Bucharest, Romania – claiming a second successive 3-2 aggregate win.

Granada vs Man United UEL Stats

Man United

5 Wins 2
2 Draws 2
3 Losses 0
12 Goals 6
7 Goals Against 1
32 Yellow Cards 6
0 Red Cards 0
5 Clean Sheets 3

*Man. Utd.  joined Europa League at Round of 32 stage

Now they are heading into their first competitive meeting with any English team.

After some turbulent spells in the recent past, Granada’s current success is based upon the tactical astuteness of coach Diego Martinez.

Above all, Martinez has built a hard-working side that offers some flair and has consistently punched above its weight as one of the least affluent clubs in La Liga.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has defused some of the criticism aimed at him when his team failed to get through the group stage of the Champions League last autumn.

They suffered a shock 2-1 away defeat against UCL newcomers Istanbul Basaksehir.

After that, they lost 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain and 3-2 away to Red Bull Leipzig in the final two games to finish third in the group.

United’s leading scorer in Europe is Marcus Rashford who has seven strikes this season.

They subsequently dropped into the Europa League and advanced past Real Sociedad in the round of 32 with a 4-0 home win followed by a 0-0 draw in Spain.

United’s leading scorer in Europe is Marcus Rashford who has seven strikes this season.

He scored in the 2-1 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend after missing England’s international break fixtures.

Injured Martial Misses Out

However, Rashford’s fellow striker Anthony Martial will be missing with a knee injury and may miss the rest of the season.

The impressive Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes has scored six European goals for United this season and may win the major Player of the Year award in England.

Granada was beaten 3-0 at home last weekend following a 2-1 defeat at Valencia – suggesting they currently have issues in defense that can be exploited by United.

In conclusion, a romantic might be tempted by the decent price of +285 for Granada to secure a fighting draw. But United has too much fire-power and should win by a comfortable margin.

Pick: Manchester United – Asian Handicap -1.5 (-175)

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