Jose Mourinho will be hoping to move one step closer to the Europa League crown on Thursday night, as Manchester United take on Anderlecht in the first leg of the quarter-finals.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last three matches on the road in the Europa League. The Red Devils are yet to lose a Premier League game since October, so confidence is quite high. Mourinho's side are the clear favourites in the winner market at (1.84) with SportyBet. This competition is United's top priority, with an automatic qualification to the Champions League in front of them. In United's last six Europa League games, they’ve only conceded once - against FC Rostov. A cleansheet for them has been priced by SportyBet at (2.20).
Anderlecht are also yet to lose in their last six games in all competitions, winning five times. The Belgian team have kept four clean sheets during that period. This is the first time that the club has made it to the last eight of a European club competition. A win for Rene Weiler's team is available at (4.51) on SportyBet, a selection that would have won in five of the last six matches that the Belgians have hosted in Europe's second tier competition.
Four of United's five away games in this competition have featured less than three goals, and we expect under 2.5 goals (1.86) in this tie, also considering Anderlecht's defensive record. Under 2.5 goals would have won in four of United’s five away games in the competition. The Purple and White have scored in all ten of their Europa League games so far this season, scoring twenty-one goals.
Lukasz Teodorcyzk is a man to watch for in attack for the Belgian side, having scored 20 goals in 30 league games, as well as scoring seven goals in the Europa League. He is backed to score anytime in this tie at (2.20) on SportyBet.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in eight Europa League goals this season (contributing 5 goals and 3 assists), more than any other player left in the competition. The Swede is backed to hit the target for United at (2.15) with the same betting firm.
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