Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

With Solskjaer likely to rotate his squad, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Eredivisie visitors to avoid defeat on their Europa League trip to Old Trafford

Manchester United will be aiming to wrap up top spot when AZ Alkmaar visit Old Trafford in Thursday’s Europa League clash.

The Red Devils are a point clear of their guests at the top of Group L, meaning they would go through as leaders should they merely avoid defeat.

Manchester United vs AZ Latest Odds

Undefeated in 11 home games in this competition, they are 5/6 (1.83) favourites with bet365 to come out on top, and 13/5 (3.60) to pick up a draw.

However, Arne Slot’s men have only lost two of their 27 fixtures in all competitions this campaign, and can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) to leapfrog their opponents into first place by pulling off a shock win.

Manchester United vs AZ Team News

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot are all ruled out, while Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are doubtful. The likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams, then, are likely to start.

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Myron Boadu is unavailable due to suspension, with Pantelis Hatzidiakos and Albert Gudmundsson both injured.

Manchester United vs AZ Preview

Regardless of injuries, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to rest his key players and offer a chance to some of the youngsters in a similar line-up to the one that lost 2-1 in Astana last time out.

Although this is understandable given the busy fixture list ahead, it is a risk up against a Dutch side that has been extremely impressive this season.

As well as losing just two matches so far all season, AZ have won eight of their nine most recent games – keeping a clean sheet in each of those eight wins.

Manchester United vs AZ Tips and Predictions

With confidence high and first place still up for grabs, they look well worth the 5/6 (1.83) odds available on them merely avoiding defeat when they take on an understrength Manchester United team that failed to have a single shot on target in the goalless reverse fixture back in Alkmaar.

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AZ Win/Draw double chance for a 2pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365