Archive for October 19th, 2016

Europa League Match Preview : Manchester United vs Fenerbahce

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Manchester United earned a hard fought 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday and that would have taken a lot of some of the players.

Jose Mourinho is expected to make changes to the side with tough league fixtures to come and this may result in another disjointed Europa League performance. Their dull 1-0 win over Zorya was just their third win in the competition in 10 attempts.

Fenerbahce are having their own problems this season. They are currently in ninth in the Turkish Super Lig having only taken nine points from their opening seven matches.

They have drawn their last two matches and failed to score more than one goal in any of their last three. Nevertheless, they are unbeaten in six and will be a tough side to beat for a United side that struggles in this competition.

The Turkish side ran out 3-0 winners the last time these two sides met back in 2004 and while they won’t have similar joy this time around it will still be a difficult match for United to triumph in.

Team News



Manchester United – Manchester United have only had three days to recover for this match having drawn 0-0 against Liverpool on Monday night.

Jose Mourinho is expected to make wholesale changes against Fenerbahce with another huge game against Chelsea on Sunday.

Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin missed Monday’s match through injury and remain doubts here, while Phil Jones is also sidelined. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still training with the reserves.

Wayne Rooney was benched against Liverpool, but should come into the starting XI on Thursday, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be involved for the first time in seven matches.

Fenerbahce – Robin van Persie has only started one league game this season and is out of favour, but he will be desperate to feature against Manchester United, back at Old Trafford for the first time since leaving over a year ago.

Jeremain Lens and Ozan Tufan are doubts for Thursday’s trip to England after missing their 1-1 draw with Alanyaspor on Sunday through injury.


Match Facts

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Fenerbahce’s last 12 games  in UEFA Europa League.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Man Utd’s last 4 Europa League games .

Fenerbahce are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches (UEFA Europa League).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United has 1.58 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Fenerbahce has 5.39 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.04.

Europa League Match Preview : Inter Milan vs Southampton

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


Inter’s Europa League campaign has been a disaster. They’ve lost both of their opening two matches and will welcome a confident Southampton side having lost each of their last three matches.

Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven matches and have won five of those, only conceding one goal in that time. The Saints are one of just three sides yet to concede in the Europa League group stages.

The Saints could inflict further misery on Inter, although that would mean becoming the first Premier League side in four matches to triumph against Inter in Milan.

Team News 

Inter Milan – Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Mario, Stevan Jovetic and Gabriel are not included in Inter’s Europa League squad and will not feature here.