Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes

Sevilla vs Man Utd: Red Devils to end semi-final hoodoo

Kick-off: 2000, 16/08/2020

Stadium: Stadion Koln

TV: BT Sport

Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final clash with Sevilla has all the makings of a close encounter, but we feel the Red Devils have a slight edge in class.

Los Rojiblancos are a hard-working and well-drilled unit, but may just lack the star quality United possess in key positions.

Punters can get 3/2 for the Premier League giants to get the job done in normal time and that is our first Sevilla vs Man Utd prediction.

A Look At Sevilla’s Betting Odds

Sevilla, who have won this tournament a record five times, still seem full of energy and enthusiasm after a long, hard campaign.

They followed up a clinical 2-0 triumph over Roma by shading Wolves 1-0 on Tuesday, with both games played at MSV Arena in Duisburg.

Lucas Ocampos glanced in an 88th-minute header from Ever Banega’s cross to see off Wanderers, in a match where Los Rojiblancos had 75 per cent of possession.

Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui declared: “I am very proud of my players because we were against a very good team.

“We needed to have the ball and not make mistakes because they have very fast forwards. We had to be very concentrated.”

Sevilla are on a 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions, winning seven of their last eight fixtures and conceding only one goal in those games.

However, Wolves did miss a penalty and looked dangerous on the break early on, before running out of steam.

Questions can also be raised regarding the quality of opposition Sevilla have faced since returning from lockdown and we believe this is a big step up in class for them.

Looking at the Sevilla vs Man Utd odds, we like 19/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and then the Red Devils to prevail.

Last Sevilla line-up: Bono, Kounde, Navas, Carlos, Reguilon, Ocampos, Banega, Moreno, Fernando, Suso, En-Nesyri.

A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds

The bare result suggests United made hard work of getting past FC Copenhagen, needing an extra-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes to go through.

However, the Red Devils had two earlier goals ruled out for offside, hit the woodwork four times and were denied on several other occasions by superb saves.

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood still seemed full of life up front, while staying at this Cologne venue and having an extra day’s rest is a bonus.

With the ever-impressive Fernandes and Paul Pogba pulling the strings in behind, the hope is that United can neutralise the threat of ageing Sevilla playmaker Banega.

Victor Lindelof said: “I think we should have scored a few more goals, but we came through in the end and we’re happy for that.

“I think we have a lot of confidence in the team right now. We’ve been performing on a very high level.”

United will be determined to end this season’s semi-final jinx, having crashed out at this stage of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

This is another tough test, but we’re adding 19/2 for the Red Devils to win 2-1 to our Sevilla vs Man Utd betting tips.

Last United line-up: Romero, Bailly, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.

Additional stats

Last result:

SEVILLA 1-0 Wolves – Lucas Ocampos

MAN UTD 1-0 FC Copenhagen (AET) – Bruno Fernandes (pen)

Head-to-head: Man Utd 1-2 Sevilla, Sevilla 0-0 Man Utd

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