Manchester United will play against a French team Saint-Etienne on the upcoming Thursday, within the round of 32 of the Europa League. Bookmakers consider Man Utd clear favorites of the forthcoming match and they are right, as the Red Devils approach the matches of the second best Eurocup very responsibly, besides, Mourinho’s men have finally learned to win regularly.
Europa League for Man Utd’s Portuguese manager is the plan B. During the course of the season, the Devils have troubles with results in the EPL. The future hosts are currently situated on the sixth position in the tournament table of the elite English league, two points behind Arsenal, which are in the Champions League zone. Man Utd have had thirteen matches within the EPL, in which they got six victories with six draws and one defeat.
Saint-Etienne should not be underestimated, but the team has one obvious disadvantage – away game. Currently, within 2016-17 French Ligue 1, the Greens have had twelve away matches, in which they won thrice with four draws and five defeats. The team managed to gain only 13 points in these games. Within the last five matches, Saint-Etienne won thrice with two losses.
Manchester have two squads, Mourinho can rotate footballers and perform on two sides, therefore, there should not be any problems with freshness of the team. The Devils perform great at their home ground, while Saint-Etienne have troubles with away matches. In this situation, a bet on the host and the favorite seems pretty logical.
Prediction for the match: Manchester United to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.