Astana vs Manchester United betting tips: Europa League match preview & predictions

Astana vs Manchester United prediction: Astana 0-1 Manchester United

Having lost all four matches, FC Astana will be playing for pride in front of what should be a sellout crowd.

Manchester United have already progressed to the last 32 of the competition but will be keen to wrap up top spot in Group L.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in the Europa League, while Thursday’s opponents have lost five on the spin in Europe.

Astana vs Manchester United: Who will win?

Despite their record in the competition, a win for United is priced at a generous 5/4 while a win for FC Astana is priced at 9/4. The draw can also be backed at 9/4.

Manchester United are the only team in the competition yet to concede a goal. Given that Astana have only scored once in Group L, a United shut-out looks likely. Back a United clean sheet at 9/4.

Mason Greenwood scored again on Saturday and is set to lead the line. Greenwood is 6/1 to open the scoring and 7/4 to score any time.

Astana vs Manchester United Europa League match preview

Already-qualified Manchester United travel to Kazakhstan for their Europa League Group L clash against FC Astana.

With three wins and a draw, United lead the group. They can confirm top spot with a game to spare if they better AZ’s result at home to Partizan later on Thursday evening.

The final round of matches, which may prove to be dead rubbers for all four sides, will see United host AZ and Partizan host Astana.

Mason Greenwood scored the only goal of the game in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in September. Since then, Astana have lost all three matches, conceding 13 in the process.

Astana suffered a 2-0 home defeat on Sunday but remain top of the Kazakhstan Premier League by a single point.

United finished the weekend in ninth place following a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. United were 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go, before three goals in seven minutes turned the game on its head.

That was not the end of the action, though, as substitute Oliver McBurnie scored a stoppage-time equaliser for the Blades. United are on 17 points after 13 games, nine points adrift of the top four.

With that in mind, United’s best route into next season’s Champions League is through the Europa League – which they won in 2017.

Thursday’s match will make United’s longest European away journey: 4,800km.

Astana team news vs Manchester United

With his side already eliminated from the competition, Roman Hryhorchuk could rotate his side..

Congolese winger Firmin Mubele will miss out through injury.

Evgeny Postnikov and Yuriy Pertsukh are a booking away from a one-match suspension.

Manchester United team news vs Astana

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to ring the changes on Thursday and will field a mix of youth and experience.

David de Gea should be given the night off with Sergio Romero set to start in goal.

Ashley Young could be handed a recall after losing his place in the Premier League to teenager Brandon Williams. Young could be used at right-back, however, as Luke Shaw is available again following a hamstring problem.

Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcos Rojo are all sidelined. Diogo Dalot, who started against Astana in the reverse fixture, is also ruled out. Phil Jones was hauled off at half-time against Sheffield, but injuries at the back mean he will likely be given a chance to redeem himself.

In midfield, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay will both miss out, while Nemanja Matic comes back into contention after returning to training.

There should be starts for fringe players like Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, while a host of youngsters, including Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong, will be hoping for valuable game time.

Angel Gomes and 19-year-old Dylan Levitt could also make United’s matchday squad.

Astana predicted line-up vs Manchester United

Predicted Astana XI vs Manchester United

Predicted Astana XI vs Manchester United

Manchester United predicted line-up vs Astana

Predicted Manchester United XI vs Astana

Predicted Manchester United XI vs Astana

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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