Anderlecht v Manchester United: Mourinho’s Men Look for First Leg Advantage

José Mourinho, Manchester United manager

They might have suffered a dip in form recently but Manchester United will take some confidence from their comfortable win over Sunderland at the weekend. And, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the side after suspension, Jose Mourinho’s men look a good bet for the win in Belgium on Thursday.

The Europa League may be seen as something of a distraction for United but the winners of this tournament are guaranteed a slot in next season’s Champions League, so a positive result in this first leg is crucial.

Match odds

Heading into this game, Manchester United may be conceding home advantage but they are favourites for a win on the night at best odds of Even Money with bet365 and Stan James. If you are favouring Anderlecht, the best price for the Belgians currently sits at 16/5 with bet365 and Marathonbet while the draw completes the result market at a figure of 13/5 with Marathonbet once again.

Anderlecht have decent form coming into this game and are undefeated in their last 5 matches while United have experienced disappointing draws against Bournemouth and at home to Everton last week. However, it’s clear that the visitors have the strongest side here and should be coming away with the first leg advantage at the end of 90 minutes.

Individual Goal Scorers

Having scored crucial goals against Everton and Sunderland in the last 7 days, Ibrahimovic is an obvious choice to open the scoring on Thursday and the Swede can be picked up at odds of 7/2 with Paddy Power and Betway. Strike partner Marcus Rashford is the second name on this list at 5/1 with bet365 and Winner Sports while Anderlecht are represented by Lucasz Teodorcyk who comes in at a best of 6/1 with bet365. Polish striker Teodorczyk Has recently made his loan deal from Dynamo Kiev a permanent one and with 20 goals in 29 League appearances is a strong option in this market.

However with the Belgians being the outside bet for the match itself, Teodorczyk is a better option for an anytime goal at a best price of 9/4 with 888sport and 32red.

Other options for an anytime goal include the dangerous Henrikh Mkhitaryan at a best of 3/1 with 32red while Jesse Lingard is quoted at 4/1 with 32red once again.

Other Side Bets

Our first two tips come in the individual goal scorer betting and the odds are relatively high so we will look to play safer for a final bet of the night. Both teams to score is quoted at odds of 10/11 with a number of outlets including bet365 and William Hill but you have to be convinced that Anderlecht will get on the score sheet on Thursday.

A better option would be to back over the 2.5 goal line and this is currently priced at best odds of 43/40 with bet365 once again. United look to be in decent scoring touch and with Ibrahimovic restored to the line-up they have the capacity to go over 2.5 goals without Anderlecht contributing themselves.

Anderlecht top the Jupiler league in Belgium and come in to this game on the back of a good run of results. As we have seen there is some potency in the line-up and United will be aware of the threats that the prolific Polish striker Teodorczykwill pose to a defence that is missing key players through injury.

Manchester United will need goals in Belgium on Thursday night so we could expect an open an attacking game from start to finish. With Ibrahimovic back from suspension, United hold the key to this match, and the greater potency in their own line up should lead to a comfortable away win. However for better value you should be looking in the side markets for Thursday’s first leg.

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