Man Utd certainly had the better of the first leg but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after Dendoncker’s late equaliser, though with an away goal in the bag they’ll certainly feel they’re in control of this tie. They produced arguably their best performance of the season in beating Chelsea on the weekend and so will be confident of booking their spot in the semi-finals. However, Anderlecht stretched their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions with their 1-0 win at the weekend and will be hoping they can repeat their penultimate result in England when they drew 3-3 at the Emirates.
Sides that managed a score draw in the first away leg of a Europa League knockout tie are W11-D1-L4 in the return since 2014/15, whilst Utd have won an impressive 12 of 15 unbeaten European home games since 2013/14. They’ve generally been very strong defensively, keeping nine clean sheets across these games, whilst they’re now unbeaten in 26 home games in all competitions, highlighting the scale of Anderlecht’s task.
The Belgians are W3-D2-L6 in Europa League away games since 2014/15, though they have managed to score in 14 of their last 16 European road matches, including at the likes of PSG, Arsenal and Dortmund in the Champions League, and more recently Spurs and Monaco in the Europa League. Whilst Utd’s defensive record at Old Trafford is strong in European games, the likes of Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, West Ham and Stoke have all netted at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League this term, and so we’re backing both teams to score, with the Utd win and both teams to score of interest at 3.2.
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