Wednesday night sees favourite Man Utd host soaking in defeats LASK at Old Trafford. We preview this clash that should see Red Devils effortlessly get promoted to another stage of Europa League.
Who is playing?
Man Utd vs LASK
What competition is it?
Europa League Round of 16
What time is Man Utd vs LASK?
20:00 GMT, Wednesday 5th August
Where do Man Utd play?
Old Trafford, Manchester
Where can I watch Man Utd vs LASK?
BT Sport 1
Thoughts on Man Utd vs LASK?
It is the night in Manchester where the hosts, after winning 5-0 in Austria, should have nothing to worry about progressing to the next stage of the competition. The Red Devils have been predominating Europa League since the beginning, and by the look of the odds, they are the most probable title winners of this year’s edition. Big results have been their bread and butter on the European arena, therefore nothing less should be expected from Ole’s side this time around.
The reverse leg comprised over 4.5 goals which happened approximately 10% of the time for Man Utd across all the competitions this season. Not only Sergio Romero kept a clean sheet for the sixth time in Europa League, but also many players put their names on the scoring list. It was as following Odion Ighalo, Daniel James, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira who have changed the result to 5-0 before the final whistle.
No stress for United
Following their splendid 5-0 result in the first leg, this should be a straightforward task for the Man Utd. Playing at home should also be an enormous factor for them. I expect the hosts to give the likes of Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes or Marcus Rashford a rest giving yet again an opportunity for the players like Odion Ighalo, Mason Greenwood or Daniel James to shine in Europa League.
Since the season resumption, they have lost only once in the last 11 games. It was an unfortunate match against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals where they lost 3-1 to better Londoners. In the league, however, they have maintained an unbeaten run since Bruno Fernandes signing in January until the end of the season, which got them secure a Champions League spot.
Manchester United, both in Europa League and Premier League, performs better at home. When talking about the league clashes, they have lost only two out of 19 by averaging 1.95 home PPG. In the Europa League they have a perfect record of 3.00 home PPG. They average a tremendously impressive 3.25 GPG at home, the highest among all the Europa League qualifiers this season. The team is also topping everybody with the 52 attempts on target so far, making them the biggest threat in front of goal.
LASK waiting for the unpreventable
The Austrians produced some significant results in the group stage, which got them to finish in 1st. Later on, an impressive 3-1 win in a two-leg game against AZ Alkmaar was yet another validation of the team’s monumental work so far in the European competition. Having heard to be drawn to play against Manchester United in the Round of 16 was not splendid news for LASK.
Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise for the Austrians to have lost the first leg and most probably not get promoted to the next stage. LASK haven’t been on their best since the season resumption. The team have suffered a major setback with them averaging only 0.91 PPG. In Europa League, the team performs significantly better at home, which shouldn’t be thrilling news for the Austrian side, considering them playing an away game at Old Trafford. They register a win ratio of 25% and average only 1.00 GPG.
Man Utd recent games:
- Leicester (a) 0-2 win
- West Ham (h) 1-1 draw
- Chelsea (h) 1-3 defeat
- Crystal Palace (a) 0-2 win
- Southampton (h) 2-2 draw
LASK recent games:
- FK Senica (h) 0-2 defeat (friendly)
- Red Bull Salzburg (h) 0-3 defeat
- Rapid Wien (a) 3-1 defeat
- Wolfsberger AC (h) 0-1 defeat
- TSV Hartberg (a) 1-5 win
Man Utd Top Contributors:
- Marcus Rashford (Forward): 24 Premier League goal involvements: 17 goals + 7 assists – Once a young lad from Manchester making his baby steps into his senior career, now a fundamental part and face of Manchester United. He has registered 5 goals and 1 assist to his name since mid-June and helped his team massively in maintaining in top4 this season.
- Anthony Martial (Forward): 23 Premier League goal involvements: 17 goals + 6 assists – Because of his minor heel injury before the game with LASK in March, it was against Club Brugge when he scored his last Europa League goal. The Frenchman, on the side note, has been astonishing since the English football returned. He has scored 7 goals and recorded 3 assists, including his outstanding treble against Sheffield United in Premier League.
LASK Top Contributors:
- Klauss (Forward): 16 Austrian Bundesliga goal involvements: 12 goals + 4 assists – The Brazilian has been LASK’s ace in front in Europa League where he scored 3 goals for the club this season. Similarly to København, the club will play without one of their primary strikers because of his loan getting expired on 31st July.
- Peter Michorl (Midfielder): 16 Austrian Bundesliga goal involvements: 5 goals + 11 assists – The Austrian is the very best example of the renaissance man, a very versatile player who can play on many positions like right-back, offensive midfielder or right and left-winger. He has scored 3 goals since the league resumption in June.
|12th March 2020||LASK 0-5 MUN||Europa League|
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