Europa League / AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United – This could be an interesting match as AZ Alkmaar plays well, and is especially good in the Dutch Eredivisie. On the other hand Manchester Untied struggles wherever its plays and right now it is positioned around middle of the Premier League with just two wins. AZ Alkmaar occupies the very good third place in the Dutch championship, and it drew in the first round of the Europa League when Manchester United won. This is going to be their first ever head-to-head.
Utakmica Alkmaar vs Manchester Utd begins 03.10.2019 at 18:55 CET
AZ Alkmaar had to go through three qualifying rounds of the Europa League and they went through those six matches without being defeated. They left Belgrade undefeated in the first round of the group stage after they draw with Partizan 2-2. They had a lead but then they were left win one player fewer after Svensson was sent off, which caused a whole sorts of problems. They received two goals but despite numerical inferiority they scored the second goal and drew. In the Dutch Championship Alkmaar won six times in first eight rounds and lost only once. In the previous round they defeated Heracles by 2-0 and it was the third consecutive triumph. Now, Svensson and Gudmundsson will definitely not be in the team.
Probable lineups AZ Alkmaar: Bizot – Sugawara, Vlaar, Wuytens, Wijndal – Midtsjo, Koopmeiners – Stengs, de Wit, Idrissi – Boadu
Manchester United continues with modest results this season in all competitions. They struggled even with Rochdale in the League Cup, while in the first round of the European League they had huge problems with Astana at home but they managed to win by 1-0. The United won only two times in the Premier League and they did it both times in front of their fans. When playing away they are noticeably weaker and for example they couldn’t win at the Old Trafford on Monday. They met Arsenal and took a lead after McTominay scored a nice goal but they couldn’t keep the advantage and the result read at the end 1-1. They occupy the mere 10th place in the table and more and more lag behind the leading teams. Manager Solskjaer will, as it is usual, make changes in the team for the Europa League match.
Probable lineups Manchester Utd: Romero – Young, Tuanzebe, Jones, Rojo – Fred, Matic – Mata, Lingard, Chong – Greenwood
Betting Pick: Alkmaar vs Manchester Utd
Even if they play with the strongest team the guests would have problems in this match. AZ Alkmaar plays excellently and will enjoy the home-field advantage, while Manchester United plays particularly weakly when is outside its stadium and consequently it is not likely to win here. Draw is also a rather probable outcome with a small advantage for AZ Alkmaar.
Pick: Asian handicap +0.5 AZ Alkmaar
Odds: 1.66 at betvictor (down to 1.58 can be played)
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