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Manchester United v Fenerbahce – Europa League

Manchester United v Fenerbahce

Manchester United are almost at full strength, with just Jones ruled out through injury. They welcome back Martial and Mkhitaryan, both of whom are expected to start. Rotation from their Monday night draw is likely, with Shaw having been confirmed as a starter. Fosu-Mensah and Mata are also likely to begin as Mourinho tries to keep his team fresh during a busy period, with Ibrahimovic dropping to the bench. Nothing but a win from this game will suit and though they’ll want to put in a more attacking performance than in their previous league game they wouldn’t be unhappy with a scrappy 1-0 win that sees them not pick up any injuries. They’ll be the dominant team in possession and are in good form, so would be very disappointed not to take a win that keeps them in the hunt for topping the group.

Fenerbahce travel in bad morale and form. They will see one point as a great result in the current circumstances. To be too far from the title race in the league makes the whole team feel no confidence about themselves in all competitions. Considering that Ozan’s recent support to the offensive line, his absence along with Salih and Lens is a big blow for the offensive plans of the visitors. At this point, there is no offensive minded midfielder available. Plus, van Persie and Emenike’s performance are not satisfactory at the moment. All of this news could cause see struggle to create chances. In the squad, there are some players including Kjaer, Skrtel, Van Persie, Stoch who have featured in the Premier League before. So they have visited Old Trafford. Besides them, there are many experienced players like Volkan Demirel, Mehmet Topal, Volkan Sen. It is hoped that they can manage to stay calm in a great atmosphere; but recent bad performances and lack of confidence is concerning.

 

Verdict & Prediction

Manchester United were happy with their point against Liverpool on Monday night and come into the game on a five match unbeaten run. Confidence will be high and they’ll be favourites to win, being disappointed with any other result, taking the competition a little more seriously of late. At home they’ll feel they should be beating anybody, so nothing but three points will be acceptable. Limited preparation time could be a factor, but with the rotations in the squad, those coming into the team will be fresh and eager to stake a claim for a regular league berth.

Prediction: Manchester United -1.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.82 SBOBET

 

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