Big Game Focus: Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade


Manchester United top the Group L table with seven points after winning 1-0 in Serbia against Partizan Belgrade and will be all but through if they beat Savo Milosevic’s side at Old Trafford tonight. Partizan are still very much in contention to progress, having followed up a 2-2 draw at home to AZ Alkmaar by winning 2-1 at Astana. Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth when they lock horns with Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League tonight. With seven points from three games, the Red Devils will also be looking to wrap up the group stage and take a major step towards qualification for the knockout phase. Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side have scored just twice in Group L and are yet to concede a goal.

Partizan, on the other hand, are third in the group, a point below second-placed AZ Alkmaar and three behind United. The Serbian giants will be keen on moving up the table with a victory at Old Trafford and come into the game full of confidence, having won 4-0 in their domestic league. Can they upset the hosts?

Betting preview

United have won two out of three in Europa League this season, scoring twice and conceding none. The Red Devils have won five of their last eight Europa League games at home without conceding a goal. Partizan have lost two of their last five away matches in the Europa League. They’ve also managed just four wins in 16 games against English clubs, losing 11. For that reason, you can back a Home Win to Nil at odds of 1.95. 

Thirteen of United’s 16 games this season have seen Under 2.5 Goals. The Red Devils’ last six Europa League games have seen two goals or fewer. Therefore, you can back Under 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.75. 

At least one side hasn’t scored in United’s last four matches in the Europa League. At least one team has failed to find the back of the net in three of Partizan’s last five Europa League games. You can back Both Teams to Score No at odds of 1.55.

Team news

Manchester United have been handed a fresh injury blow as Victor Lindelof was ruled out of tonight’s game. The Swede joins Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes on the sidelines, along with long-term absentees Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Sasa Zdjelar will incur a one-match ban in the Europa League with his next booking in the competition. Former Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic is ruled out for the Serbian outfit

Possible line-ups

Manchester United: Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Rojo, Young, McTominay, Garner, Greenwood, Lingard, James, Martial

Partizan Belgrade: Stojkovic, Miletic, Ostojic, Pavlovic, Urosevic, Nathko, Zdjelar, Tosic, Soumah, Asano, Sadiq