Head to head
Manchester United host Saint-Etienne in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday evening. Read the match preview to find our Manchester Utd v Saint-Etienne betting tips when the teams meet at Old Trafford. United go into the game buoyed by back-to-back wins while Saint-Etienne enjoyed a 4-0 home victory on Sunday.
Manchester Utd v Saint-Etienne
Manchester Utd have doubts about Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones who missed the 2-0 victory against Watford at the weekend, otherwise Jose Mourinho has the full squad at his disposal. Wayne Rooney has been United’s most valuable player in the competition so far with two goals and three assists but may start on the bench now that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has settled into the side. Anthony Martial has impressed in recent outings and will hope to retain his place.
Saint-Etienne full back Florentin Pogba could line up against his brother Paul in Manchester after featuring regularly in Ligue 1 this season. Defender Cheikh M’Bengue picked up a knock while on duty at the African Cup of Nations and faces a race to be fit. The French sides attacking threat will be blunted by the absence of Oussama Tounane, Robert Beric and Alexander Soderlund, The attacking responsibility is likely to come from Romain Hamouma and Nolan Roux who have only one goal between them in the competition so far.
Team Predictions Manchester Utd v Saint-Etienne
Manchester United 4-2-3-1 formation: Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo; Herrera, Pogba; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Ibrahimovic
Saint-Etienne 4-2-3-1 formation: Ruffier; Malcuit, Catherine, Perrin, Pogba; Veretout, Pajot; Hamouma, Saivet, Monnet-Paquet; Roux
Manchester Utd v Saint-Etienne Betting Tips
- Manchester Utd have won 6 drawn 3 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Saint-Etienne have won 5 drawn 3 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Manchester Utd have scored an average of 2 goals and conceded an average of 0.4 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Saint-Etienne have scored an average of 1.7 goals and conceded an average of 0.6 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Manchester Utd’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Saint-Etienne’s previous 10 matches
Manchester Utd v Saint-Etienne Prediction
Manchester Utd qualified from a tricky qualifying group on the strength of their home form winning all three games,scoring nine and conceding once. Mourinho’s men are unbeaten at home in all competitions since losing 1-2 to neighbouring Manchester City back in August. The Red Devils go into this game on the back of successive victories, 3-0 away to Leicester and 2-0 at home to Watford, so confidence should be high.
Saint-Etienne defeated bottom of the league Lorient 4-0 on Sunday to stay in the battle for a top four spot in Ligue 1. Saint Etienne had done well on their travels in the first half of the season and won four of five Europa League away games. However, they were knocked out of the Coupe de France by Ligue 2 strugglers Auxerre two weeks ago and have lost three of the last five away games in Ligue 1.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 home games against French opposition and are expected to put this tie beyond the visitors with a comfortable victory at Old Trafford.
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