A resurgent Manchester United face Austrian Bundesliga leaders LASK in Europa League action tonight. With four wins from their last five outings, can United keep their momentum going?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side come into this on the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City. But with fierce competition for the top four, the Europa League may be their best chance of securing Champions League football for next season.
They’re 7/2 favourites to lift the trophy, but can they take a first-leg lead back to Old Trafford? We’ve previewed the match right here.
United’s recent form sees them at 10/11 to win on the night. They can’t afford to be complacent though. LASK have only lost one of their last 11 games.
And the Austrian side have a spotless record at home in Europe this term, including a 4-1 win over PSV and a 3-0 victory over Sporting. But as this is being played in front of a limited crowd, will that be a disadvantage for the hosts? Our traders have them at 13/4, with 9/4 for the draw.
One of the reasons for United’s improved form is their stability at the back. They’ve only conceded twice in their last 10 games. There’s 15/8 about a United win to nil.
With a huge game against Tottenham Hotspur coming up, Solskjaer is likely to make a few changes.
Odion Ighalo should come in up front, while Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood could also start. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot haven’t travelled, which means the fit-again Axel Tuanzebe is set to feature at right-back.
LASK will need to reshuffle in the centre of defence, with Petar Filipovic and Philipp Wiesinger both suspended. Valerien Ismael is likely to turn to Christian Ramsebner and Markus Wostry as a result.
With a weakened backline, LASK may look to crowd the midfield for extra protection. If that’s the case, United will look to Bruno Fernandes to find a way through. The playmaker has already added another dimension to his new team’s play – he could be the key man here.
Ighalo is 16/5 to open the scoring, or 11/8 to net at any point. We go 3/2 that Greenwood finds the back of the net too.
Fernandes has already scored against LASK this season as a Sporting player. He’s 15/8 to net again this time.
Linz will be looking to Joao Klauss to trouble the United backline. He’s 14/5 to grab a goal, with Husein Balic their next likeliest scorer at 3/1.
Where: Linzer Stadion, Linz
When: 8:00pm, Wednesday 12th March
How to watch: BT Sport 2
All odds and markets correct as of date of publishing