Prediction and odds for the game: Sevilla (2/1) v Manchester United (6/4)
We are backing the draw at odds of 21/10
When: Sunday, 16th August 2020, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The RheinEnergieStadion
On Sunday night, Sevilla and Manchester United go head-to-head in Koln to see which team will make it through to the Europa League final.
The Andalusians have looked impressive since the return action and head into this clash 19 games unbeaten in all competitions. The last defeat suffered was back in February when they lost 2-1 at Celta Vigo.
A 1-0 win over United’s compatriot’s Wolves in the last eight means that Julen Lopetegui’s team has now won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. The win also saw Sevilla keep a fifth straight competitive clean sheet. The Spanish team’s strength is very much in their defensive solidity, which will be heavily tested by Manchester United’s talented attacking players.
When it comes to the Europa League, Sevilla are four games unbeaten, having won their last two games. However, they have only won two of their previous five matches in Europe’s secondary competition.
Sevilla’s stellar defensive displays have contributed to under 2.5 goals scored in their previous five games in the Europa League, having kept three clean sheets in the competition.
The Red Devils have experienced what constitutes a successful season, earning a place in the Champions League for next season through their league position. Making it to the last four of the Europa League is also an achievement and United will be confident of lifting the trophy in Koln, especially as they have suffered just one defeat in their previous 24 matches in all competitions.
The men from Manchester have also been hard to beat in the Europa League in recent seasons, as they have suffered just one defeat in their last 22 games in the competition. United have also won four of their last six games in the Europa League in 90 minutes, while also beating Copenhagen 1-0 in extra-time. The Red Devils saw off the threat of LASK in the last-16.
Manchester United’s recent Europa League games have been relatively high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four European matches. They have also scored over 2.5 goals in four of their last six matches in the competition. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will need the likes of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes to be at their best, especially as Marcus Rashford is a fitness doubt.
This game is hard to judge, as both teams head into this clash in good form. It could be a tight encounter, mainly due to Sevilla’s defensive solidity cancelling out their opponents attacking talents. We are backing these two teams to finish all-square. The other bet we are recommending is Sevilla forward Lucas Ocampos to be any anytime goalscorer, as the Argentinian forward has been the Andalusians main attacking threat of late.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 21/10 and/or Lucas Ocampos to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 2/1 (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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