Manchester United will battle it out against LASK Linz in Europa League in a match that appears to already have a clear winner.
Europa League will finally return on August 5. The first matchday of the Round of 16 will witness some exciting as well as crucial fixtures, like Inter Milan vs Getafe and Manchester United vs LASK.
Manchester United were firing on all cylinders in the first leg. Odion Ighalo opened the scoring, Daniel James and Juan Mata added two more, before substitutes Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira also piled on as they ran out 5-0 winners in Austria back in March.
It would take nothing less than a miracle, or probably more, for LASK to turn their fortunes around when the two sides meet again at Old Trafford.
Man United Form & Team News:
Form: The home team did not do as good as they were expected to do in the group stages of the competition, scraping past easier seemingly opponents. But they have a different to tell in the knockout stages. Apart from the aforementioned 5-0 thrashing, then bulldozed Club Brugge, a team that held Real Madrid, with in the same fashion.
Also, they are coming fresh from booking a Champions League place by finishing fourth in the Premier League. They remained unbeaten in the league after the lockdown.
Team News: Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe have been dropped from the squad due to injuries. In their place have arrived Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird, both 18 years of age. Chris Smalling has returned from his loan spell at AS Roma but is not registered with the squad.
LASK Form & Team News:
Form: The away team have suffered a significant dip in form over the last few months. They looked a strong competitor to Red Bull prior to the lockdown, but now are placed at fourth in the league table with 17 points short of the top spot.
Team News: Defenders Petar Filipovic and Philipp Wiesinger have returned from their suspension, which is good news. However, there is also bad news as they have lost their key goalscorers in Klauss and Samuel Tetteh as both of them left the club after their loan deals expired.
[All odds are correct at publishing time and are subject to change. All odds as reported by Telegraph]
Man United are yet to lose a Europa League match at home this season, and bookmakers only expect them to extend their record. The odds for Man United to win this leg too is 1/4.
United, however, are expected to rest many of their main players including the likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. This means they can lack defensively. The odds just for Man United to win, with both teams to score, is 15/8. The odds just for both teams to score is 1/1.
A draw is priced at 9/2 and a victory for LASK is priced at 11/1.