12 March 2020 live
Europa League – Play Offs
LASK vs Manchester United
This Thursday, Manchester United will be in Austria for the first leg of the UEFA Europa cup round-of-16 match against LASK. United come off an impressive 2-0 victory over Manchester City in their last Premiere league match. That result left the Red Devils unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions; DWWDWW. Ole Gunnar now looks to take that form to the UEFA Europa Cup on Thursday when he faces Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub. Manchester United progressed to this round of 16 thanks to a 6-1 aggregate win over ClubBrugge in the previous round. A 4-3-1-2 formation is expected from Manchester United with Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo who has 1 goal so far in this tournament leading the attack. Bruno Fernandes who was instrumental in the defeat of Manchester City will be behind the duo. Fred, Matic and Scott McTominay will be behind him to provide the necessary support required as United search for an away goal.
Meanwhile, LASK who come off a 1-0 victory over Mattersburg in the T-Mobile Bundesliga will be looking to upset Manchester United when they come visiting. That was their third victory in six games in all competitions; DWWDLW. Coach Valérien Ismaël will like to see if he can get a minimum of a draw knowing Manchester United is a superior side on paper. His side defeated AZ Alkmaar in the previous round with an aggregate score-line of 3-1 to qualify for this round of the Europa Cup competition. The first time in the club’s history. The 44-years-old Frenchman has been reported to play a 3-4-2-1 formation with Marko Raguz who has 5 goals in the competition leading the attack for LASK. The 21-year-old Austrian has played only 368 minutes so far in the tournament.
On injuries, Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lee Grant for this trip to Austria. Meanwhile, LASK will have to do without defenders, Petar Filipovic and Philipp Wiesinger who was suspended after his red card against AZ. The game will be played behind closed doors as authorities struggle to contain the spread of the dreaded Corona virus. Manchester United remains one of the only premier league side to remain in the competition along with Wolves.
LASK have lost only once in their last 11 matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, Manchester Utd have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 9 matches in the Europa League. A 1-3 victory for the Red Devils is predicted at the end of this fixture.
Date: Thursday, 12th of March, 2020.
Time: 7:55PM (UK Time).
Match Day: 1
Venue: TGW Arena
Competition: Europa Cup
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portuguese)
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 18:55.
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