Kick-off: 2000, 20/04/2023
Stadium: Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United must still be wondering how they only drew with Sevilla in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie.
The Red Devils took control of that match early on and dominated for long periods, only to concede a couple of late own goals.
We’re sticking with Erik ten Hag’s side to come good in the return fixture, though, and 21/20 for an away win is our initial Sevilla vs Man Utd prediction.
Los Rojiblancos love this tournament
Marcel Sabitzer twice waltzed through a static Sevilla defence to put United 2-0 ahead after 21 minutes at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils had numerous chances to increase their advantage, with Antony going closest when hitting the woodwork.
However, wicked deflections off Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire in the closing stages levelled things up in bizarre fashion.
For Jose Luis Mendilibar, it proved a memorable first Europa League match in charge of a club he only joined a few weeks ago.
“We were playing better in the second half, we’d managed to control them a bit more,” he said.
“We said at half-time; with one goal we get back in the tie and we were strong enough to keep going and to take our chances.”
Sevilla have since prevailed 2-0 at Valencia in La Liga to make it seven points from their last three domestic outings, pulling them clear of any relegation worries.
Los Rojiblancos love this tournament and have lifted the trophy a record six times, so they will give it everything again.
The chaotic finish in Manchester masked a definite gulf in class between these teams, though!
Looking at the 14/5 for an away win and both teams to score.
Red Devils have enough strength in depth
United claimed outright glory in 2017 and were only beaten on penalties in the 2021 final, so they will be eyeing another triumph before hopefully returning to Champions League action.
The big negatives for Ten Hag are that defenders Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane were injured at Old Trafford, plus playmaker Bruno Fernandes is banned for this clash.
However, Sunday’s smooth 2-0 Premier League success at Nottingham Forest should have lifted their spirits.
“We have to use the squad,” commented Ten Hag. “I think we have good players and when we have problems – injuries, suspensions – we have depth.
“We want to make this season a success and we want to go for silverware. That has to give us energy.”
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are an experienced pairing to fill the defensive holes, while getting Christian Eriksen back from injury is a big boost in midfield.
Anthony Martial has also impressed in the absence of leading scorer Marcus Rashford and has the movement to trouble Sevilla.
Let’s take 9/2 for the French forward to break the deadlock in our Sevilla vs Man Utd betting tips.
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