Man Utd vs Astana Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Europa League Man Utd vs Astana
Man Utd vs Astana Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

This should be the easiest walk in the park for Man United in the Europa League group stages this season but if anyone in this competition of being on the receiving end of the banana skin, it’s Man United.

Predictions

On paper, this shouldn’t even be a contest. United should walk this one and your betting should go with that in mind.

United didn’t have to qualify for the Europa League thanks to Wolves and their seventh placed finish last season but they haven’t exactly started the season all guns blazing either.

Astana dropped down from the Champions League qualifying rounds after losing to Cluj but managed to beat BATE Borisov to qualify for this group stage instead.

United’s run in the Premier League has been littered with strange results. They hammered Chelsea 4-0 before dropping points to Wolves and Southampton and losing at home to Crystal Palace.

Astana havent even started their now season going into the game so they’ll be rusty or at the very least, they’ll be rustier than United so that will obviously work in the Red Devils’ favour.

The home side are clear favourites for this game and it shouldn’t even be a question. A heavy United win, look towards a 4-0 or a 5-0 win, should be the way to go in this game.

Betting Tips

As the odds show, United are the clear favourites for this clash so a home win carries very little risk while it is also highly likely that United will put a few past the visitors. While his may seem like iffy odds for such a high score line, you won’t find many better for a score line this high and with as good odds, and this is among the best online betting odds. 888sport have 5-0 to United at 14/1.

Considering his start to the season for both club and country, Daniel James looks like being an inspired signing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and this may be the competition where he blossoms into an important player for United. With James likely to be brimming full of confidence and his pace likely to cause Astana some problems, this should be a clever bet rated at 7/1 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

This will be the first time that Man United and Astana have ever faced off in any competition, despite both teams being regulars in European competition for many years.

Stats

  • Daniel James has the opportunity to be the first Man United player to score in their opening four games at the club since his manager did in back in the 90s.
  • Not only is this the first time Manchester United will ever play against a Kazakhstan team, but it’s the first time that Astana have played against an English club as well.
  • This is United’s third Europa League campaign in recent years but only their second in the group stage after dropping down from the Champions League in the years of Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • United are unbeaten in their last nine Europa League home games, and have a perfect record at their home ground in the group stages.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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