After 0:0 in Spain, Manchester United and Sevilla play the second part of the Champions League doubleheader that will decide which team gets to play in the quarter finals. Obviously, the stake is high, so we can expect a fierce battle on Tuesday evening. Here’s a match preview to help you figure out which side should you put your money on.
Manchester United vs. Sevilla: Match Preview
According to Tranfermarkt, the value of Manchester United is almost three times higher than the value of Sevilla. Obviously, the quality is on their side, but they didn’t show it in the previous game. In fact, Sevilla seemed much closer to getting all three points two weeks ago. And if it wasn’t for a brilliant performance of United’s goalie, De Gea, Sevilla would probably have a big advantage.
Getting qualified to the quarter finals is of utmost importance for the Red Devils, which is why we can expect them to attack from the very beginning. They will have a lot of confidence in this duel, considering that their morale is very high after last weekend’s duel with Liverpool in the Premier League, which they won 2:1.
Another thing that’s giving Manchester United fans a lot of confidence ahead of this duel is the fact that the Red Devils have been fantastic at their stadium. At the Old Trafford, this team has won 12 out of 15 Premier League games this season. They’ve been equally impressive in home matches in the Champions League, with three wins in three matches. In fact, the last time they lost at home in this competition was back in 2013.
This is the first time ever that Sevilla is playing against the Red Devils at the Old Trafford in a UEFA competition. That definitely is not going to be an easy job for them, not just because Manchester United players are great on their turf but also because Sevilla haven’t been too impressive when playing away from their stadium. This season in La Liga, Sevilla lost eight away games out of possible 14.
When it comes to their away stats in the Champions League, Sevilla are still without an away win this season. Of course, they don’t need to beat Man Utd at the Old Trafford in order to get qualified for the quarter finals. Because of the away goal rule, if they score and match ends as a draw, they will advance. What this implies is that Sevilla are traveling to England to score a goal at least once.
By taking a look at their squad, it’s fair to assume that they have what it takes to beat De Gea finally. They have a number of players capable of doing that, including Muriel, Ben Yedder, Sarabia, Vazquez, and so on.
Manchester United absentees:
- Daley Blind (injury)
- Phil Jones (injury)
- Marcos Rojo (injury)
- Ander Herrera (doubtful)
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (doubtful)
- Paul Pogba (doubtful)
- Jesus Navas (doubtful)
- Lionel Carole (doubtful)
- Daniel Carrico (doubtful)
- Sebastien Corchia (doubtful)
Manchester United: De Gea – Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Young – McTominay, Matic, Mata, Rashford – Sanchez, Lukaku
Sevilla: Rico – Mercado, Lenglet, Layun, Escudero – Banega, N’Zonzi, Vazquez, Sarabia, Correa – Muriel
Manchester United vs. Sevilla Match Prediction
Although Sevilla was the better team in the first part of the doubleheader, I don’t think they got what it takes to go past Man United. Actually, everything but a home win would be a huge surprise. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Sevilla can’t score. I think that it’s a big chance we’ll see goals on both ends.
Manchester United vs. Sevilla Betting Tips
Manchester United @1.61 (bet365)
Over 2.5 Goals @1.95 (bet365)
BTS @2.05 (bwin)