Kick-off: Wednesday, February 21 @7:45 PM GMT
Venue: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (Seville)
Head to head record
Manchester United vs Sevilla 1-3 (2013 Club Friendly)
Sevilla vs Manchester United prediction
A place in the Champions League will be at stake when Sevilla and Manchester United face each other in the double-header. Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan will host the first leg and, seeing that the La Liga side are tough to beat at home, a close encounter is on the horizon.
“Pizjuan” – the fortress
Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Maribor in their last group game Sevilla booked their place in the Champions League last 16. Los Sevillanos will have a mountain to climb in the two-legged tie against Manchester United if they are to make it to the quarter-finals of the elite competition. The La Liga team have been having their ups and downs under new coach Vincenzo Montella, but they are tough to beat at home, which is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Wednesday’s clash. Key player Joaquin Correa should recover in time to face the Red Devils and the pacey winger is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. As previously mentioned, Vincenzo Montella’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, with the team suffering only one loss in previous nine home games in the Champions League. French attacker Wissam Ben Yedder, who has netted eight goals in the process to date, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Man Utd.
Joaquin Correa is rated doubtful, whilst Ever Banega and Muriel should be fit to face Manchester United. Coach Vincenzo Montella is likely to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation.
All eyes on Alexis
Manchester United have slim chances of winning the Premier League title, but they are definitely capable of going all the way in the Champions League. The club chiefs did well to bring Chile superstar Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford in the January transfer window and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the former Arsenal man when the Red Devils face Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Jose Mourinho’s men suffered a 1-0 loss to Basel in their last away game in the Champions League, meaning that they should be happy with share of spoils this time out. Romelu Lukaku, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Anyhow, seeing that Jose Mourinho’s teams have always been relying on their defence, the visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg. You should bear in mind that the Premier League side recorded only two wins in previous six away games in the elite competition.
The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind remain in the recovery room, whilst Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are rated doubtful. The good news for Man Utd fans is that star player Paul Pogba is ready for the Sevilla clash.
- Sevilla scored 2+ goals in each of their last five home games in CL
- Under 2.5 goals have been netted in three of last four Man Utd’s game in CL
- Romelu Lukaku has netted four goals so far in the process
- Sevilla and Man Utd face each other for the first time ever in European competitions
- Alexis Sanchez will make his debut for Red Devils in CL against Sevilla
Sevilla vs Manchester United betting pick
Manchester United are eager to save the season by winning the Champions League title, but beating Sevilla on the road is easier said than done. Both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Wednesday’s showdown and I believe that they are going to share the spoils at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.