Astana vs Manchester United
Who? Astana vs Manchester United in Group L of Matchweek 5 of the UEFA Europa League 2019/20.
Where? Astana Arena, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
When? 15:50 GMT, Thursday 27th November 2019
Another week of very early kick offs sees leaders Manchester United travel to Kazakhstan to face minnows Astana in Group L of the UEFA Europa League.
Position – 4th (as of Wednesday 27th November)
Form (UEL/League) – LLL/LWWWW
W/D/L – 0/0/4
The hosts have lost all four of their games in this UEL campaign and remain on 0 points. Astana have managed just a single goal with manager Roman Hryhorchuk in charge. They cannot qualify and will try to get two better performances and results in their final two UEL games this season. The Blue and Yellows could have a big say in who finishes first and second in the group.
GF / GA – 1:14
Hryhorchuk has seen his side struggle to score in the Champions League this season. The significant travelling to away games is not an ideal impact on the squad. Just a single goal was in their home match against Partizan. They only lost 2-1 in a close game. Alkmaar have handed them thrashings in back-to-back games, however, we expect Astana to be very competitive against a very young and inexperienced United side.
Position – 1st (as of Wednesday 27th November)
Form (UCL/League) – WWD/DWLWD
W/D/L – 3/1/0
The away side are unbeaten in Group L but have dropped two points. United have been unconvincing but have managed three wins and a draw with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge. The Red Devils have already qualified for the next round, meaning Solskjaer can experiment with a squad full of academy talent. They will still want to top the group.
GF/GA – 5:0
The defensive record is strong, as United have not conceded a single goal across the four games. With Anthony Martial out for the opening two matches, United only managed one goal. His return has seen a significant improvement in attack, with United netting four times in their last two UEL games.
19th Sep 2019 – Manchester United 1-0 Astana
*odds as of November 27th at 09:30 GMT and subject to change
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