Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne UEFA Europa League – Round of 32, 1st leg Date: Thursday, 16th February 2017 Kick-Off at 20:05 UK / 21:05 CET Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Jose Mourinho and his team will play host to Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday as the Europa League round of 32 begins.
The Europa League remains the only trophy missing in United’s trophy cabinet and with their squad fully fit, they will work towards getting that this season.
Meanwhile Saint-Etienne are unbeaten in 10 European games this season, having Won 5 and drawn 5. They will be looking forward to keep up with the good work to overcome their losing streak on English soil.
Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne: Head to Head Statistics
Manchester United’s only previous meeting with Saint-Etienne was in the first round of 1977/78 European Cup Winners Cup. The first leg clash at Etienne finished in a 1-1 draw, but United were punished by UEFA for crowd disturbance and could not play their home leg within 300 kilometres of Old Trafford. Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park was the venue for the return leg on that occasion, but United did well to see-off the French opponents by a 2-0 margin.
United have an excellent record against Ligue 1 sides in UEFA tournaments as they won 12, drew 10 from 24 matches losing just 12. They are unbeaten at home in 12 games, with 9 wins and 3 draws.
Meanwhile, Saint-Etienne’s record against English clubs is a poor 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses from 6 matches. And they lost in all of their previous three visits to English soil.
Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne: Prediction
The game would be a tough one but we are not expecting a stalemate. United have won their 3 home games in UEFA this season, they are also unbeaten in 14 UEFA home games.
We expect a win from Jose Mourinho’s men to put them one foot into the round of 16.
Saint-Etienne will be meeting Zlatan again who has scored 14 goals against them in 13 games. If Zlatan starts against Les Verts, he may add another goal to his tally against them.
Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne: Bet Tips
Manchester United to win first-half at 1.80 (4/5)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.83 (5/6).