Europa League: Arsenal hoping to seal spot in last 32 as United are away to Astana

Europa League: Arsenal hoping to seal spot in last 32 as United are away to Astana

first_img Tags: arsenalAstanaEintracht Frankfurteuropa leagueman United Arsenal will reach the last 32 if they avoid defeat on Thursday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Astana vs Man UnitedAstana Arena, AstanaThursday, 28-11-2019 @6:50pmRef: Donatas Rumsas (Lit)Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed several academy players will take part in the game against Astana. He has included just four senior players – Lee Grant, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard. Solskjaer has also suggested 19-year-old defender Max Taylor will make his debut.For Astana, only striker Firmin Mubele is unavailable due to a knee injury sustained at the back end of September.Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Astana on MD1 was the first-ever meeting between an English side and a Kazakh side in all European competition. United are yet to concede a goal in the Europa League this season – no side has ever kept a clean sheet in each of their opening five group stage games in a campaign in the competition. Astana have lost their last six Europa League games by an aggregate score of 1-17. Only Dudelange (15) have conceded more goals in this season’s competition than Astana (14). Manchester United have managed just one shot on target across their two away games in the Europa League this season, with that effort coming from the penalty spot against FK Partizan. 18-year-old Mason Greenwood has been involved in 60 percent of Manchester United’s five goals in the Europa League this season (two goals, one assist).Arsenal vs Eintracht FrankfurtEmirates Stadium, LondonThursday, 28-11-2019 @11pmRef: Ruddy BuquetUnder-pressure boss Unai Emery is likely to give some of the younger members of his first-team squad game time and possibly hand a return to Granit Xhaka, who hasn’t featured since he was booed off against Crystal Palace. Dani Ceballos is out with hamstring trouble while Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac are being assessed ahead of the game.Frankfurt are without two long-term absentees in defender Marco Russ and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Aside from the pair, they have a fully-fit squad to choose from.Arsenal won the reverse fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 on MD1, in what was the first-ever meeting between the sides. Eintracht Frankfurt have won just one of their six away games against English opponents, with that victory coming back in 1967 against Burnley in the Fairs Cup (2-1). Arsenal have lost more European home games against German sides than they have against opponents from any other nation (6). If Arsenal avoid defeat, it would see them progress past the first group stages of a Champions League/Europa League campaign for the 20th consecutive season, with the Gunners last failing to do so in the 1999-00 Champions League. Eintracht Frankfurt have lost two of their four Europa League games this season (W2), more than they had in their previous 18 in the competition (W11 D6 L1).The other games to be played Thursday, 28-11-2019 @6:50pm-Krasnodar vs Basel-Trabzonspor vs GetafeThursday, 28-11-2019 @8:55pm-Young Boys vs Porto-Feyenoord vs Rangers-Saint Etienne vs Gent-Oleksandria vs Wolfsburg-Ferencvaros vs Espanyol-CSKA Moscow vs Ludogorets-Istanbul BB vs Roma-Wolfsburger vs Gladbach-Besiktas vs Slovan Bratislava-Braga vs Wolves-AZ vs PartizanThursday, 28-11-2019 @11pm-Lazio vs CFR Cluj-Celtic vs Rennes-Vitoria Guimaraes vs Standard Liege-Sevilla vs Qarabag-Dudelange vs APOEL-Malmo vs Dynamo Kiev-Lugano vs Copenhagen-Sporting Lisbon vs PSG-Rosenberg vs LASKComments last_img

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