Az Alkmaar (@3.0) vs Man Utd (@2.45)

Our Prediction:

Man Utd will win

Az Alkmaar – Man Utd Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 12:55

While Manchester United might be the more recognizable name across Europe, Thursdays guests are a shadow of their former selves. Enduring their worst start to a season in over 30 years and yet to pick up a single away victory so far this year, there is no doubt that AZ Alkmaar should see this as a golden opportunity to make a statement.

Manchester United have been far from their best and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be in for a tougher task as his men saw their worst start in decades, sitting 10th after seven games played with just nine points earned. They narrowly beat Astana (1-0) in Group L and get more to build on in that sense, despite far from a dominant display with a rotated line-up.

Manchester United have been extremely inconsistent so far this season. This will be their first away match in the group stage of the competition. They own a W2, D3, L2 mark in the Premier League, and already sit quite far from the top of the standings. However, they started their UEFA Europa League campaign with a 1-0 home win over FK Astana thanks to a goal from Mason Greenwood.

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Really showing a string of improvements since their former assistant coach was given full control over the summer, the Cheeseheads put in another dominant display in their 2-0 win over Heracles over the weekend. Starting with the hosts, while AZ Alkmaar may have been disappointed to have only managed to open up their Europa League campaign with a 2-2 draw away at Serbian outfit Partizan, new boss Arne Slot has seen his side bounce back in some style. Now enjoying a three-match winning run and sat just a single point adrift of both PSV and Ajax, most around the AFAS Stadion will be most impressed by their sides recent defensive resolve. Along with shinning at the back, AZ do have one man who is enjoying a very bright start to the season. Once again finding the net against Heracles last time out, 20-year-old starlet Calvin Stengs now has three goals in his last four matchups. Recording a trio of clean sheets on the bounce, Thursdays hosts have also conceded just two goals on home soil in their last six appearances.

Manchester United currently sit 10th in the Premier League. They then lost 2-0 at West Ham United, only beat Rochdale in the cup on penalties and then drew 1-1 at home with Arsenal on Monday. The Premier League giants defeated Astana 1-0 at home two weeks ago, but that was not enough to appease fans after their poor start to the campaign.

Just managing to scrape past Kazakhstan outfit Astana thanks to a scrappy 1-0 win, the Red Devils also needed penalties to come past League One side Rochdale in the EFL Cup last week. Enduring their worst domestic start in over 30 years and many starting to question Ole Gunnar Solskjaers position in the dugout, the former Premier League champions find the mood in their camp at a continued low. As for the visitors, throwing away a one-goal lead at Old Trafford on Monday night and having to settle for a 1-1 draw against Arsenal, Manchester United have continued on a very worrying run. Now on a run of form that has seen them record just two victories in their last 12 Premier League appearances, their Norweigan icon will be most concerned by Uniteds continued issues on the road. Suffering a 2-0 defeat away at West Ham last month, the Reds are yet to record a single win away from Old Trafford since opening the new campaign.

Cheeseheads have beaten ADO Den Haag (0-1), Feyenoord (0-3), Heracles (2-0) and kept clean sheets on all three occasions, proving themselves a very tough nut to crack and capitalizing on such defensive displays as they sit just a point behind pace-setters Ajax. Theyll now want to show off such a character and we feel Arne Slot should have no troubles motivating his men.

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The same goes for Diogo Dalot. Paul Pogba has been ruled out due to an ankle injury, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly does not want to risk him on astroturf. Youngster Angel Gomes, however, is back on the squad after picking up a knock last week. Anthony Martial remains out, and the same goes for a long list of defenders.Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are all out of the squad for different reasons.

Manchester United will aim to keep their perfect run in the competition alive with an away win here. Manchester United are coming off a draw against Arsenal in the Premier League this past Monday, but now they have to change their focus because they have a tough UEFA Europa League matchup on the horizon. This Thursday, The Red Devils will travel to Cars Jeans Stadium to take on AZ Alkmaar, one of the best sides in the Eredivisie in recent years. Kick-off for this match has been listed at17:55 BST.

Meanwhile, they debuted in the current UEFA Europa League campaign with a 2-2 away draw at Partizan. AZ had to participate in the Europa League Qualifiers to reach the Group Stage. But they have looked impressive to date. Meanwhile,AZ have looked impressive to start the season.The Alkmaar-based sideare currently third in the Eredivisie standings thanks to a W6, D1, L1 record through their first eight games. In seven games, they register three wins and four draws. They have also conceded just three goals in those matches, showing they will be a tough team to beat.