Simply looking to finish off the job at Old Trafford in midweek, Manchester United will play host to LASK on Wednesday night when the Europe League makes its return to action.
Ending their Premier League campaign with an eye-catching 2-0 win away at Leicester last week and managing to secure a top-four finish at the final hour, the Red Devils enjoyed a remarkable end to the season and are seen as one of the leading contenders in this year’s tournament.
On the flip side, slipping out of the top-three in the Australian Bundesliga standings after what was a torrid end to the season, LASK were hit with a 3-0 drumming against Salzburg last time out and were in the midst of a three-match losing run.
In for what should be another overwhelming test on Wednesday night, United should be looking to make a similar statement that they made when they faced off against LASK in the first-leg earlier in the year.
Picking up a 5-0 romp when they made the trip to Austria, you might be interested to know that the Premier League giants can be found priced at 11/4 with Bet365 to once again bag over 3.5 goals in midweek.
Fernandes to steal the show?
Finishing off the 2019/2020 campaign with a routine 2-0 victory away at Leicester, few across the Premier League would have expected Manchester United’s stunning end to the campaign.
Bouncing back from their FA Cup heartbreak at Wembley last month and managing to find a route back into the top-four, there is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for the red-hot Bruno Fernandes to lead their charge on Wednesday.
Once again converting from the spot at the King Power last time out, the Portuguese playmaker has been nothing short of a revelation since making the move from Sporting Lisbon back in January.
Bagging seven goals across all competitions since making a return from football’s enforced break, the 25-year-old has also continued to shine while on European duties this season.
With six Europa League goals this year for both United and Sporting, no play in this year’s tournament has recorded more goals than the Reds’ new talisman.
In fact, since making his debut in the Premier League back in February, Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in the competition than any other player (15).
You might be interested to know that the Portugal international can be found priced at 11/10 Ladbrokes to extend on his glittering European tally in midweek.
LASK’s toothless patch
While LASK might have thought that they had turned a much-needed corner in the middle of June, Valérien Ismaël’s side once again find themselves in the midst of a worrying rut.
Hit with a shock 2-0 defeat against Slovakian outfit Senica in a friendly contest last week, Die Laskler also ended this year’s Austrian Bundesliga campaign with three defeats on the bounce.
While Marko Raguz might have already recorded five Europa League strikes in this year’s extended tournament, Wednesday’s guests have gained a recent reputation for their worrying issues in front of goal.
Drawing another lacklustre blank when they faced off against Senica in the build-up to their trip to Manchester, it should also be noted that the Black and Whites failed to record a single consolation strike when they faced off against United prior to the interruption.
Even more concerning for Ismaël, his side have now managed to bag just one goal in any of their previous four consecutive defeats across all formats. You might be interested to know that LASK can be found priced at 5/6 with 888Sport to draw another blank at Old Trafford in midweek.