Manchester United v Athletic Bilbao latest odds, news and free bets

The odds on the two Manchester teams meeting in the Europa League final seem to get shorter by the day, although we should remember that United weren’t at all convincing against Ajax in the last round and the Dutch champions nearly caused an upset at Old Trafford

Indeed, the Red Devils’ home form in Europe is something of a worry considering they slipped up at home to Benfica and Basel in the Champions League and Sir Alex Ferguson will want his team to steamroller the opposition so he can give several first-teamers the night off for the trip to Spain next week.

United are a best price 8/15 (Coral free bets) to claim victory and their performance at White Hart Lane on Sunday was pretty impressive, with the visitors running out 3-1 winners including two goals for Ashley Young.

The winger is hitting goalscoring form as the season approaches the business stage and can be backed at 9/1 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) to break the deadlock, while Wayne Rooney is the 4/1 favourite with the same firm although the England forward might be given a breather ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

Athletic Bilbao recovered from a 2-1 defeat away to Lokomotiv Moscow to beat the Russian side 1-0 and go through on away goals, while their recent domestic form has been suitably impressive.

Home wins over Malaga and Sociedad have sandwiched a 2-2 draw at Villarreal and the Spanish side are a 6/1 poke (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim an away win which could put them on the verge of a big shock.

Fernando Llorente is the class act for Athletic and he can be backed at 17/2 (Unibet) to score the first goal of the game.

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