European football is set to draw to a close ahead of the winter break. There is however a big match of Europa League action with Manchester United and Southampton seeking to join Spurs in the last 32.
Zorya Luhansk vs Manchester United (6:00pm KO)
Manchester United head to Ukraine knowing that a win will secure their place in the next round. A draw or loss will mean relying on Fenerbahce to see off Feyenoord with a draw or win.
If Utd were to draw and Feyenoord beat their Turkish opponents, all three sides will be on 10 points apiece. We would then have a very complicated situation involving those three sides with it potentially coming down to goal difference.
Mourinho has taken a strong side with him so expect the team to throw the kitchen sink at Zorya, who are already eliminated. Depay will be looking to show the Portuguese why he deserves to remain at Old Trafford post the January transfer window and this is the perfect opportunity.
Prediction: Zorya Luhansk 0-2 Manchester United
Result: Zorya Luhansk 0-2 Manchester United
Southampton vs Hapoel Be’er Sheva (8:05pm KO)
This task is simple if Southampton want to continue their European march. All they need to do is win or secure a 0-0 draw. A score draw will send their Israeli rivals through to the next round.
The Saints will be in a feisty mood after Saturday’s thrashing at Crystal Palace. Claude Puel will be looking for a reaction and what a better way to get back on track with a win that books them a place in Europe beyond Christmas.
I personally think that Puel should field the side that saw off Arsenal in the League Cup last week because they were clinical when given chances on the ball and might suit them here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried playing for a 0-0 draw but maximised their chances when in possession and snuck a late winner.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Hapoel Be’er Sheva
Result: Southampton 1-1 Hapoel Be’er Sheva