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Injury-Hit Manchester United Still Favourites to Beat Marseille

23/2/2011
Manchester United face a difficult trip to Marseille in the UEFA Champions League knock-out phase tonight, but despite the absence of several key players the bookies have still named them favourites to secure a priceless victory.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be without the services of defender Rio Ferdinand and veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs, meaning they’ll be deprived of some vital Champions League experience for their tricky trip to the Stade Velodrome.

The Red Devils will also be missing Jonny Evans, Anderson and Michael Owen through injury, meaning that youngsters Joshua King and Ryan Tunnicliffe – both of whom are yet to appear for United in the competition – make the bench.

Marseille have some injury concerns of their own with striker Andre-Pierre Gignac ruled out for two weeks while fellow marksmen Loic Remy and Brandao also face late fitness tests, so Marseille could be seriously light up front for tonight’s game.

Despite all the injuries, the bookies have priced Manchester United as the 11/8 favourites for the game, but such a price looks slightly misguided given Marseille’s incredibly strong home record – remember, they beat Chelsea in the group stages.

The hosts meanwhile are priced at 9/4 to get the win with a draw coming in at 21/10 and either option arguably represents a better bet than backing the visitors, but given Marseille’s lack of striking options a no-score draw looks tonight’s hot ticket at 6/1.
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