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Despite win, Manchester United odds-on to go out of Europe


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Manchester United may have dramatically beaten Olympiacos from two goals down, but they are odds-on to lose in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, according to the bookies.

Robin van Persie’s hat-trick was as historic as it was awe-inspiring – United had not overhauled a 2-0 first-leg deficit in Europe since beating Barcelona in 1984.


Despite that stat – and a very entertaining match – United are not expected to make it into the semis, no matter who they are drawn to face on Friday.

Indeed, William Hill has offered odds of 4/9 for United to be eliminated at the next stage, and a long 16/1 to win the title, joint-bottom with Borussia Dortmund.

And that seems generous for United considering last season’s beaten finalists Dortmund are actually in decent form.

“A victory over Olympiacos has papered over the cracks and put United through to the quarter finals but it looks extremely likely that a quarter-final spot may prove a step too far for the side,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

There is good news for one Premier League player involved though – Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, on-loan at Olympiacos, is 10/1 to start the Gunners’ first game of next season and is certainly expected to be given a chance.

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