As you will know, the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was postponed yesterday due to a suspicious device being found in a toilet at Old Trafford.
The stadium was evacuated and a controlled explosion took place before Greater Manchester Police discovered that it was simply a dummy device left behind after a training exercise.
Suspicious item found at Old Trafford today, which required controlled explosion, was a training device https://t.co/55n06zNwU3— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 15, 2016
Having spoken to a number of AFC Bournemouth fans who were evacuated from the stadium, it seems that the emergency procedures worked incredibly smoothly. Well done to all involved who made sure that everyone was safe.
The match is now going to be played on Tuesday 17th May at 8.00pm.
United need a point
With Manchester City having secured a point at Swansea in their final game of the season, Manchester United would have to win 19-0 in order to grab fourth place. Even the most optimistic fan would have to admit that it's unlikely to happen!
However, United do still need a point to finish above Southampton and avoid Europa League qualification.
Although I'm a Bournemouth fan and would love to see my team do the double over the Red Devils, I would also be delighted with a point. If a draw suits both teams, might we see a quiet end of season game which peters out?
F.A. Cup final
There's another factor to consider; United have the F.A. Cup Final to play at the weekend.
Since they 'only' need a point in Tuesday's game, I would not be at all surprised to see a weakened team named by Louis van Gaal.
The Betfair markets seem to agree with me there too, with the Manchester United price drifting heavily after the rearranged date was announced.
This offers a pre-match scalping opportunity if United continue to drift and - should a weakened team be announced an hour before kick-off - the price is likely to go further out.
Which way will the market move?
This is such a rare situation, but one which we may produce a very nice profit if you can second-guess Louis van Gaal.
The Manchester United price continued to drift throughout Monday.
They have been matched as low as 1.32 (on Saturday) and as high as 1.80 (Monday) so a massive opportunity for a pre-match trade.
If you layed Manchester United around midnight on Sunday night when this article was originally posted and traded out on Monday afternoon, you will have banked around 17% ROI which is a staggering return.
Of course, this also means that the draw and AFC Bournemouth prices have both been dropping, so plenty of profit opportunities in the market.