The final Match-day of the Europa League finds these two teams already qualified. The only thing to be settled is the top spot when Manchester United will host Alkmaar on Thursday. Manchester United’s youngsters have done a great job and are currently sitting at the top. Let’s see if that will change after this match.
Date/Time: 12-12-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Manchester United -0.5
Total: 2.5 Goals
Manchester United (3-1-1) are coming off a weird away loss against Astana in their last match. They took an early lead in that match but conceded two second-half goals to lose by 1-2. Even so, they are still sitting at the top of the group with 10 points. They have already qualified to the next round, so only the top spot is up for keeps, or grabs. Manchester United have won both Europa League matches at home so far, with clean sheets too. They are now on a nine-match undefeated streak in all competitions at home (5-0-4).
On the other hand, Alkmaar (2-0-3) fought really hard in their last match, where they hosted Partizan. Their opponents stunned them with two early goals by the 27th minute. And Alkmaar saw a red card at the 83rd minute, but managed to score twice in the final minutes to eventually settle for a 2-2 draw. They have not lost a single match in this group stage and are sitting 2nd with 9 points. They have already booked their ticket to the next round, no matter what happens in this match. They are on a nine-match undefeated streak in all competitions (8-0-1) but don’t let that fool you. Alkmaar have a crucial match against Ajax coming in a few days for their domestic league.
The two teams split the points in a goal-less draw in the reverse match in the Netherlands. Manchester United usually deploy experimental sides in the competition but they have done a pretty solid job. Alkmaar have been really good this season but do have a crucial league match coming up. They could climb at the top spot with a win here but I don’t think that they will push themselves hard for a result. This is a somewhat free match between the two sides, so I am going with the Over 2.5 Goals here.
Europa League Manchester United vs Alkmaar Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals (-115)
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