After a late draw in Belgium in the opening leg, Jose Mourinho’s team will face Anderlecht at the Theatre of Dreams, at Old Trafford in Manchester tonight - in the return leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final.
Both teams won very important matches in tough games during the weekend in their domestic leagues. Manchester United head into this game in good form, and fresh from their impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon - even with top marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic benched in the said match.
For the opposition, Anderlecht returned from Oostende with three important points, where attacking midfielder Sofiane Hanni was the only goal scorer - to consolidate on his good form of recent.
This is the fourth time Manchester United and Anderlecht have met in a two-legged European tie, with the draw in the first leg their first in seven fixtures so far. In this tie, United remain as strong favourites to move into the semi-final, and can be backed at (1.26) with SportyBet to move into the final four of Europe's second tier competition with a win at home.
Tonight’s away match at Old Trafford definitely is Anderlecht’s biggest game of the season so far, and their biggest hope is the fact that Manchester United struggles to win matches at Old Trafford. The Belgians can be backed at (12.02) with SportyBet to claim a prominent win. Draws have been too frequent so far this season for United, with three of their last five matches finishing all square. There is (5.86) that the tie remains level at the end of 90 minutes.
Anderlecht will be eliminated from the Europa League if they fail to score in this match, and that looks like a big deal, for United have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five home games in this competition. Rene Weiler's team have scored 22 goals in this competition this season and (1.18) is available that more than two goals are scored at Old Trafford. There is (1.75) on SportyBet that Manchester United score in both halves.
Nine of United's last 11 home games have featured less than three goals, and we can't imagine that Anderlecht will open up scoring too early in the match. You can back under 2.5 goals at (2.39) on SportyBet, as there have been under 2.5 goals scored in Manchester United and Anderlecht’s last 3 games in the UEFA Europa League. Under 2.5 goals would also have seen punters profit from each of United's last five home matches in all competitions.
Anderlecht have scored at least 1 goal in 9 of their last 10 away matches in all competitions, while Manchester United have scored at least once in 10 of 11 Europa League matches this campaign. Both teams to score will be good to go for, and that's available on SportyBet at (2.11).
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored four goals in seven matches in the Europa League this season, including a goal in the first leg. He should be back in the starting line-up tonight, and the odds for him to score are (2.05) on SportyBet. United's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will hope to be back to full fitness after playing only the last eight minutes of United's win at the weekend. The Swede has scored 28 goals in all competitions so far this season, and is backed to score anytime in this tie at (1.55).
Anderlecht's top scorer Lukasz Teodorczyk has, like Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scored 28 goals this term - including five in Anderlecht's Europa League campaign. The Polish striker is (4.00) to score anytime in tonight's clash. Manchester United target Leander Dendoncker, who scored for the Belgians in the first leg is (14.30) to score another goal in the return leg.
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