A draw alone would send Manchester United to the next round, as the toppers of Group L. However with AZ Alkmaar known to cause problems even on the road, count on United to take no chances whatsoever and to settle for nothing less than the win.
Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Head to head (h2h)
Their only recent meeting was the reverse fixture of this encounter which finished 0-0.
Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction
Manchester United stumbled for the first time in their Europa campaign after rock bottom side FC Astana stunned them from behind to pull off a 2-1 victory. The defeat nevertheless, has left the hosts at the top of Group L but has cut their lead to just one measly point as of now.
Be that as it may, the Red Devils are still heavily tipped to top their cluster and for good reason. The hosts are on a two-match winning streak at the moment back in their domestic campaign and will be welcoming the Dutch outfit on the back of a 2-1 win over fierce rivals Manchester City.
Meanwhile, AZ Alkmaar have been faring well in their respective fixtures as well, and have been recording back to back wins in their past two games. It is also worth mentioning that the visitors are unbeaten in their last three Europa fixtures. The most recent of which, was a 2-2 draw against Partizan Belgrade at home.
Furthermore, the away side have not admitted defeat in any of their trips across Europe so far. However, that alone does not guarantee AZ Alkmaar a win in this one. Manchester United compete in what is arguably one of the toughest leagues in Europe. They are also a far more competitive and experienced side on the global stage.
Given the evident difference in stature of the teams involved, and the home advantage at hand for United, AZ Alkmaar are unlikely to be the ones tasting success this week.
Additionally, the visiting contingent have looked solid at the back. The fact that they have kept seven clean sheets in their last ten games across various competitions certainly stands as a testament to the aforementioned as well.
Moreover, the guests have conceded just twice in their outings in Group L so far. To top it off, their maiden h2h matchup ended in a goalless draw.
Hence, although the Red Devils have been known to rack up the goals tally at Old Trafford, rule out any possibilities of a high scoring clash unfolding in this one.
Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Betting tips
Manchester United to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.90 (9/10).