Sevilla vs Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 21 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Sevilla beat Las Palmas 2-1 away from home on Saturday, their third win in a row in Spain’s LaLiga, and the club were so… enthusiastic about their streak of positive results that they posted something on their website and social media accounts, presenting the numbers of the team ever since Vincenzo Montella took over, something over a month and a half ago. They seem very pleased, despite the fact that with the Italian in charge they got embarrassed at home by bitter city rivals Betis (3-5!), and got humiliated at Eibar earlier in February (5-1!). Still, they are 5th in the championship, and they will be facing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, in April. As for their games against Manchester United, judging by what several players told the media these last days, they feel they have what it takes to eliminate the Premier League side, despite acknowledging that United have several top class players and a “special” coach. Left winger Joaquín Correa got substituted on Saturday feeling a pain on his back, and he is a doubt for this match. He has been very-very good this season, and if he doesn’t play, it will be a blow to Sevilla.
A Romelu Lukaku double sent Manchester United to the next round of the FA Cup in England. Jose Mourinho’s side missed several players, but still beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 away from home last weekend, with the Belgian striker finding the back of the net twice. United’s injury problems are anything but over. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are practically out of the first leg against Sevilla. Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are definitely out. Paul Pogba is a doubt, having missed Saturday’s game as well. Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera are three more players who are anything but sure to feature against the Spanish team. No matter what, Mourinho said that he expects the mentality of his players in Seville to be the right one for such a big game, regardless of who ends up making it to the starting lineup and the bench.
Previous five matches:
Las Palmas vs Sevilla 1-2
Sevilla vs Girona 1-0
Sevilla vs Leganes 2-0
Eibar vs Sevilla 5-1
Leganes vs Sevilla 1-1
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United 0-2
Newcastle vs Manchester United 1-0
Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town 2-0
Yeovil Town vs Manchester United 0-4
Burnley vs Manchester United 0-1
Sevilla’s next game on Sunday, again at home, versus Atletico Madrid (Spain LaLiga). Manchester United are hosting Chelsea on Sunday (England Premier League).
Sevilla vs Manchester United: Head to head Stats
Sevilla and Manchester United have never played against each other before.
Sevilla vs Manchester United: Prediction
United are considered slight favourites to win the game, but first, I think they will be fine with a draw, and second, they are missing players, and they who are coming back, may not be at 100%. All things considered, I’m backing Sevilla to earn at least a draw.
Sevilla vs Manchester United: Betting Tips
Sevilla’s double chance pays 1.57 and is my most conservative tip. “Under 2.5 goals” is at 1.70, and pushing it, I would risk with “under 1.5”, at 3.00 betting odds, not really expecting more than one goal.
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