Undoubtedly still boosted by their stunning derby day victory at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, Manchester United will turn their attention back to Europa League duties when they make the trip to Austrian outfit LASK on Thursday evening.
Picking up what was a shock 2-0 win over their bitter rivals in front of their own supporters, the former Premier League champions appear to have turned a real corner and now find themselves in the midst of a glittering 10-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
On the flip side, while LASK might have seen RB Salzburg knock them out of the Austrian Cup last week, ValérienIsmaël’s men are in the midst of their own eye-catching purple patch and are romping towards their first domestic title since 1965.
Winning four of their last five matches across all competitions, the Pasching outfit also knocked out Dutch high-flyers AZ Alkmaar thanks to a 3-1 aggregate win a fortnight ago.
You might be interested to know that seven of the previous 10 combined Europa League matchups between LASK and Manchester United this year have seen over 2.5 goals at full-time and a similar outcome on Thursday can be found at 13/10 with Bet365.
LASK looking to cause an upset
Bouncing back from their cup defeat against Salzburg last week and picking up a 1-0 win over Mattersburg, LASK find themselves holding a six-point buffer at the top of the Bundesliga table and have lost just a sole fixture across any competition since the 1st of December.
Picking up a thumping 3-1 win over AZ Alkmaar a fortnght ago and with a growing reputation for their performances in the final third, Head Coach ValérienIsmaël finds the mood in his camp at a season-high.
If LASK are to pick up what would be the biggest result in the club’s history, then there is no doubt that fans around Pasching will be calling on 21-year-old starlet Marko Raguz to lead their charge on Thursday evening.
Bagging a stunning brace against Alkmaar on a fortnight ago, the Austrian youth international has found the net in his last three Europa League matchups on the bounce, recording four goals on his European purple patch.
You might be interested to know that Raguz can be found priced at 13/5 with William Hill to extend on his tally at the Raiffeisen Arena in midweek.
The Fernandes effect
Shocking many and picking up a 2-0 win at Old Trafford over the weekend among a party atmosphere, Manchester United find themselves in the midst of a 10-match unbeaten run and the mood in their camp appears to be on the rise.
Reigniting their top-four ambitions and arguably playing their best football of the season so far, there is no doubt that Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hugely excited by Bruno Fernandes’ immediate impact following his January move from Sporting Lisbon.
Picking up yet another assist against United’s bitter rivals on Sunday afternoon, the Portuguese playmaker was voted PFA Fans’ Player of the Month last week and has played a vital part in the Reds’ recent resurge.
In fact, since making his Premier League debut back on December 1st, Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League than any other player with two goals and three assists.
More impressive, also opening his European account for United in their 5-0 romp over Club Brugge a fortnight ago, you might be interested to know that the 25-year-old can be found priced at 11/5 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally on Thursday evening.