Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Manchester United missed out on a place in the Champions League, but the Red Devils will surely give 100% to go all the way in the Europa League this term. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops are seen as one of the main favourites to win the trophy and they are likely to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game against Astana.
Man Utd have turned their Old Trafford into a real fortress and despite the fact that key attacker Romelu Lukaku left the club in the summer transfer window, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Red Devils. The Kazakhs, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to BATE Borisov in their last away game in the Europa League and given the number of high-profile footballers in the home team, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Red Devils’ party at the “Theatre of Dreams”.
Highlighted Player (David de Gea):
David De Gea Quintana, born on 7th of November 1990 in Madrid is a Spanish football player which is currently playing for Manchester United. De Gea’s length is 192cm and is the goalkeeper for the national team of Spain as well.
De Gea started his career at Atletico Madrid B and after playing for Atletico Madrid for 2 seasons he got transferred to Manchester United for 20 million euro. David de Gea made his debut for the national team in June 2014.David de Gea won the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid in 2009/2010 and the Premier League with Manchester United in 2012/2013.
At the moment David de Gea can be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and is involved many transfer rumours every transfer period. David de Gea played for more than 300 games on the highest level already.
Highlighted Team (Astana):
Astana are a Kazakh football club which was founded in 2009. The Blue and Yellows won their first domestic trophy in 2014, with the team finishing the regular part of the season in third place in the standings. However, thanks to their brilliant displays in the Championship round Astana won the national championship.
The big-spending Kazakh club have always been attracting high-profile footballers from Russia and Ukraine and it has to be noted that the likes of Yegor Titov, Andrey Tikhonov and Maksim Shatshikh played for the Blue and Yellows in the past. Nowadays Astana are considered the best football club in Kazakhstan and you should bear in mind that they won their third consecutive league title in 2016.
However, participating in the 2015/2016 Champions League group stages is considered the club’s biggest success. Astana faced the likes of Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray in Group C and they collected 4 points from possible 18 in the process. It has to be noted that they shared the spoils with Diego Simeone’s men at their Astana Arena.