Kick-off: 2000, 19/09/2019
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United are expected to target a big run in the Europa League, having lifted this trophy in 2017, and a smooth opening success over Astana is anticipated.
The visitors have been champions of Kazakhstan for the past five years, but their record at this level is average and they do not tend to travel well.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are 3/4 to win to nil at Old Trafford and that is hard to oppose for our first Man Utd vs Astana prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United secured a trio of wins during the group stage three seasons ago, beating Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya by an aggregate score of 9-1.
The Red Devils went on to defeat Ajax 2-0 in the Stockholm decider that term and have the pedigree to challenge for top honours again.
Last season’s Champions League campaign featured some mixed results, but away wins over Juventus and PSG were obvious highlights.
Solskjaer is trying to bring more energy to the club by making youthful signings and promoting homegrown starlets, so this competition will be a good chance to push that policy.
A pretty significant injury list may just temper his ambitions on this occasion, though, so 27/20 for the hosts to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 appeals from the Man Utd vs Astana odds.
A Look At Astana’s Betting Odds
Astana were far from disgraced in a modest pool last term, picking up eight points when finishing third in a section featuring Dynamo Kiev, Rennes and Jablonec.
This year, they were beaten in a Champions League qualifier by CFR Cluj, winning 1-0 at home but then going down 3-1 in Romania.
After easing past Santa Coloma and Valletta in Europa League qualifying rounds, Grigoriy Babayan’s side pulled off a slight surprise by getting past BATE Borisov.
Marin Tomasov, Yuri Logvinenko and Runar Mar Sigurjonsson netted in a fine 3-0 victory at Astana Arena and they advanced despite losing 2-0 away.
Croatian import Tomasov has struck seven times in this competition, while Yevgeny Postnikov and Roman Murtazayev started for Kazakhstan when they beat Scotland 3-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
The visitors have enough talent to keep the Red Devils honest, but we’re still going for the hosts to lead 1-0 at half-time at 23/10 to complete our Man Utd vs Astana betting tips.
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