March 29, 2023
Opta Analyst's supercomputer predicts Man United will beat FC Barcelona - Man United News and Transfer News

Within the second leg of the Europa League qualifying spherical, Manchester United will face Barcelona tonight at Outdated Trafford.

The primary match resulted in a 2-2 draw and away objectives are not counted in UEFA competitions, so whoever wins the match will advance to the spherical of 16.

In accordance with this Opta Analyst‘s supercomputer, this will probably be United.

“Barcelona received solely as soon as in 5 tries at Outdated Trafford. Statisticians don’t desire them to win this one, the supercomputer,” he says.

“Thursday provides them a 29.4% likelihood of victory. Erik ten Hag was happy along with his group’s efficiency within the first sport and can be sure you beat Xavi’s aspect at dwelling.

“Is it as assured because the supercomputer? It provides United a 44.1% likelihood of successful it.”

On condition that it lasted 90 minutes in opposition to a group that’s at the moment thought of arguably the very best on the planet, that is an excellent praise for United.

The supercomputer estimated the likelihood of a draw to be 26.5%. If that is the case, the match will probably be decided by additional time and penalties, which is able to enhance the chance of United going additional.

After the primary sport in Spain, United boss Erik ten Hag complained that his group would win the sport with a extra scientific end.

That is additionally confirmed by Opta Analyst’s stats, displaying that though Blaugrana has 61% ball possession, each groups shoot the identical variety of objectives (18).

Nevertheless, Barça managed eight on aim in opposition to United’s 5 and regardless of a a lot superior anticipated aim statistic (2.2 to 1), United didn’t rely these probabilities.

If United can create that many probabilities from only a third of possession, then that bodes properly for the house draw as they need to anticipate to be extra on the ball and bury their probabilities as the house followers encourage them.

One other benefit over the primary sport is that United may have a stronger roster. Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer are again after the suspension and Scott McTominay, who performed half-hour in opposition to Leicester on Sunday, is on the market after accidents to Harry Maguire and Antony.

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