Manchester United vs Brentford | English Premier League Preview and Betting prediction
As the Eid Mubarak celebrations kick off worldwide today, Manchester United fans celebrating the end of the holy period will be hoping that their team does not ruin their good cheer tonight. The home fans at Old Trafford will also be hoping that the Red Devils do not ruin the last home game of the ’21-22 season.
With three games left to play, Manchester United are in last-chance salon. 8 points behind 4th– placed Arsenal despite having played a game more, they will mathematically be unable to finish in the top four this season if they do not win tonight’s game.
40 points has long been the magic number associated with staying up in the Premier League and Brentford have already hit that number. However, they still need to be careful and will be breathing no sighs of relief yet. They can still be caught by 18th-placed Everton and will approach this game as a must-win, rather than a casual winding-down of the season.
The Red Devils will have a new manager in the Old Trafford dugout next season, will he join them in the Champions League or begin in a lower-ranked European competition? Games like this are what will decide that.
Read on below for our match preview!
Manchester United vs Brentford H2H record
The two teams have met just twice before; once in the Premier League and a club friendly last July. Manchester United won their sole competitive fixture, beating Brentford 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium in a game they were lucky to win. They also split the points in a 2-2 friendly result.
On the English Premier League table, the Red Devils are currently in 6th place, with 55 points from 35 games while Brentford are in 14th position with 40 points from 34 games.
The home side’s form has been abysmal recently with just one win, three losses and one draw. (Form: D-L-L-W-L)
Brentford have fared better recently with three wins, one loss and one draw over the same period. (Form: D-W-W-W-L)
Manchester United vs Brentford Team news
Several Manchester United first-team players are out including; Edinson Cavani (Calf injury), Harry McGuire (Knee injury), Luke Shaw (season-ending shin injury), Paul Pogba (Calf injury) and Jadon Sancho (Tonsillitis). Jesse Lingard (personal reasons) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Slight knock) are both 50-50 to make the Manchester United squad for the game
Our expected Manchester United line up: David de Gea. Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles. Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay. Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga. Cristiano Ronaldo. (4-2-3-1)
Nigerian midfielder, Frank Onyeka, is injured (ankle injury) and is out until mid-May. Danish centre back, Zanka, is out for the season with a groin injury while Ethan Pinnock (Hamstring injury), Saman Ghoddos (Ankle injury) and Sergi Canos (Hamstring injury) are also out for Brentford.
Our expected Brentford line up: David Raya. Kristoffer Ajer, Pontus Jannson, Mads Bech. Mads Roerslev, Christian Eriksen, Christian Norgaard, Vitaly Janelt, Rico Henry. Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney. (3-5-2)
- Manchester United have scored 1.54 goals/game while Brentford have scored 1.21 goals/game
- The Red Devils have had a worse defensive record than Brentford this season, they’ve conceded 1.49 goals/game compared with the visitors who have conceded 1.44 goals/game. Brentford have also kept more clean sheets (8), compared to United’s 7 clean shutouts
- Manchester United average 52% of possession while making 406.4 accurate passes/game. Brentford average just 44% of possession while making 276.6 passes/game. The home team is more likely to dominate the game.
- The Red Devils average 4.9 shots on target per game while Brentford have averaged just 3.9 shots on target /game this season
- Surprisingly, Brentford are more disciplined than Man United. The away side have conceded just 9.82 fouls/ game while Man United commit 10.31 fouls/game. The two teams also have the same number of red cards (2 each). Brentford (56) have been booked less times than Manchester United (68)
- Chris Kavanagh is the official in charge of tonight’s game. He averages 3.93 yellow cards per game and 0.14 red cards per game. He tends to book the away side more often (2.29 yellow cards per game) than the home team (1.64 yellow cards per game) , so Brentford will need to be careful.
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Ivan Toney are the top goal scorers for their sides. The Portuguese legend has scored 17 goals from an xG of 16.2 while Toney has scored 12 goals from an xG of 11.4.
Manchester United vs Brentford prediction
Enjoy our OddsBoost and go with the expert prediction by betting on a Manchester United home win @ 1.75.
You can bet on how much possession the Red Devils will have by taking a punt on Ball Possession O/U Home FT & ET: Under (63.5) @ 1.67. The home side are expected to control a larger portion of the game, but not to get 11.5% more possession than their season average.
Manchester United to win more corners in the first half is another bet the experts like. At 1.65, 1X2 Corner HT: 1 is a worthy punt.
Our King’s Combo has some tasty offerings for you. Cristiano Ronaldo takes 4.1 shots/90 minutes in the English Premier League this season and averages 1.6 shots on target/90 minutes. He’s also United’s best goal threat and after Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty against Arsenal, their most likely taker going forward. They haven’t yet won without him this season and his presence will be crucial here.
Manchester United v Brentford – Man United to Win & Ronaldo to Score has been boosted from 2.6 to 3.00.