Only managing to scrape a point off of Arsenal earlier in the week, Manchester United will turn their attentions back to Europa League duties when they travel to Dutch high-flyers AZ Alkmaar on Thursday evening.
Enduring a very worrying start to the campaign and in the midst of their worst start in over 30 years, the Red Devils have won just a pair of their last 12 Premier League appearances and the mood in their camp remains incredibly fragile.
On the flip side, while Manchester United might be in the midst of a continued struggle, the same can not be said for Thursday’s hosts.
Despite opening their European campaign with just a point against Serbian outfit Partizan, AZ have won their last three domestic matches on the bounce and can be found at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to pick up a famous victory at the AFAS Stadion in midweek.
Alkmaar’s chance to shine
Putting in yet another eye-catching display and securing a 2-0 victory over Heracles at the AFAS Stadion over the weekend, the mood around Alkmaar continues to soar.
Despite only managing to open their Group L campaign with a 2-2 draw away at Partizan a fortnight ago, the Eredivisie outfit have won their last three domestic matches on the bounce and are seen to be a huge favourite to secure a spot in the knockout stage.
Head Coach Arne Slot sees his side pencilled in at 2/5 with Bet365 to clinch a route out of Group L, ahead of both Partizan Belgrade and Astana.
One man who has really epitomized Thursday’s hosts start to the new campaign is 20-year-old starlet, Calvin Stengs.
Once again finding the net over the weekend, the young forward is attracting interest from across Europe and you might be interested to know that Stengs can be found at 10/3 with Paddy Power to score a maiden Europa League goal in midweek.
Manchester United’s attacking issues
Throwing away a one-goal lead against Arsenal on Monday night, Manchester United have embarked on their worst start in over three decades.
With the mood around Old Trafford remaining incredibly fragile, the former Premier League champions have won just two of their last 12 top-flight appearances and have also shown some issues in Europe.
Only scraping a 1-0 win at home to Astana a fortnight ago, a side currently sat third in Kazakhstan’s top-tier, it will undoubtedly be their form in the final third giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the biggest headache.
Thursday’s guests have failed to score more than a single strike within 90 minutes in each of their last eight matchups across all formats.
You might be interested to know that United can be found at 8/13 with Bet365 to once again fail to record over 1.5 goals at the AFAS Stadion in midweek.
Elsewhere, Solskjaer will also be unable to call upon the likes of Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.